1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 large eggs, room temperature
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/2 cup nuts, optional
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch tube pan.* Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well. Add vanilla. Sift flour with soda. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternately with buttermilk. Mix in bananas, then nuts, if adding. Bake for 1 hour or until cake tests done.
*Kitchen Ade Note: May also be baked in a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with an increased baking time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
-- Recipe by Ramona Young, Georgetown, S.C.
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