6 tablespoons room temperature or soft butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg, optional
1 cup bananas, mashed and very ripe
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cups nuts, walnuts (optional)
Demerara, Turbinado, or other coarse sugar
Cream the butter, using an electric mixer. Add the sugar. Mix for a couple of minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time.
Sift the dry ingredients. Add one third of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add a third of the bananas. Repeat until the dry ingredients and bananas are mixed into the butter.
Grease two loaf pans. Line the pans with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pans. If desired, sprinkle the top of the loafs with coarse sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. To test if it is ready, poke a toothpick in the center of the bread towards the end of the hour. If it is ready, the toothpick will come out clean. If there is batter on the toothpick, bake for five more minutes and check the bread. Repeat if necessary.
Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for about 20-30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Turn the pan upside down, to get the loaf out. Cool the loaf on the rack for another 20-30 minutes.