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Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

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Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

Thought I'd share my favorite Banana Bread recipe.. I think it's the cream cheese
that makes it so good...This takes 15 min to mix up!!We like the topping, but you
can skip it
Makes 2-8"x4" loaves..I use metal pans, greased, with parchment paper on
the bottom and then flour the sides.
3/4 c butter, softened
1 (8oz) pkg Neufchatel cheese
2 c sugar
2 eggs
3 c all purpose flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c very ripe mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
1 c pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 t vanilla

Topping :
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 T flour
1 T melted butter
1/4 t cinnamon
Mix and spinkle over loaves before baking.

Beat cream cheese, vanilla & butter till creamy. Gradually add sugar,
beat til fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beat until blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt, add to butter mix, until just
blended. Stir in nanas & nuts. Pour into prepared pans.

The original recipe said to Bake at 350 deg for an hour or until toothpick comes out
clean.I bake mine for 1 1/2hr..everything else I bake (bread etc) according to recipe
temps and don't have any problems..so I think it was a misprint in the original recipe.
So.. check yours after an hour and see. Shield with aluminum foil after 45 min.
Cool 10 minutes and then remove from pans. Cool, before slicing.