There have been several banana bread posts on our blog, but after much experimentation, I think I have found the perfect one! Recipe is from this website
Makes 1 loaf
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons bourbon (I skipped this)
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (I added about 1/2 cup)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare your loaf pan by greasing and flouring it. I used a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute between each addition. Stop the mixer, scrape down sides of the bowl, and add bananas and lemon juice. Beat until well incorporated.
Now, turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture all at once. Using a spatula, I slowly mixed these together since it was getting thick. Add the walnuts and chocolate chips and incorporate everything together.
Batter will be thick. Spoon the mixture into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. This took longer for me than the prescribed time on the recipe. I had to have some patience with it.
Remove from the oven and allow loaf to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.