This recipe came from my dad's side of the family. He remembers his grandmother making it; I remember my grandmother making it. It's one of the first recipes I learned to make on my own. Both of my parents bake, but they don't bake the same things. I learned how to make this from my dad, along with pie crust and elaborate cakes. This bread is part of our Christmas tradition; we have it for breakfast every Christmas morning. I can't remember a Christmas without this bread. My dad makes it most years. Sometimes, he lets me help! I make banana bread a lot - it's comforting and delicious and super easy to make. I tend to be a rage/stress baker, and this is the recipe I make the most. I don't even need the recipe card anymore; that's how often I make it. Everyone loves this recipe, but my dad is very protective of the recipe itself. When I was in my late 20s, I was dating a guy who loved this banana bread. I made it once and he couldn't stop raving about it. He asked for the recipe, and I told him it was up to my dad whether he could have the recipe or not. My dad said no! He was right to say no; that guy would have added chocolate chips and that would have ruined it! My dad is 100% cool with the recipe being included here.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan (1 large or 2 small). Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with mashed bananas. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared pan(s). Bake one hour.