1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 butter or margarine (one stick) softened
2 large eggs slightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
*Optional 1 cup chopped nuts
Heat oven to 350° and lightly oil and flour 1 9X5 loaf pan or 2 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 loaf pans.
Mix sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Stir in eggs and blend. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
In separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking soda, stir to mix well. Now incorporate the flour mixture into the banana mixture slowly and stir until well blended . Stir in nuts if using.
Pour into pan(s). Bake 9 inch loaf for 1 hour 10 minutes. Bake 8 inch loaves for 50 to 60 minutes. The mini loaf pans take about 25 minutes. Test by inserting a toothpick and making sure it comes out clean.
Cool in rack for 5 minutes and remove from pans and continue cooling.