The secret is IN the bread-- Cream Cheese makes this sweet bread ultra moist, and delectably delicious. Our family's favorite banana bread recipe, hands down!
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer, until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in bananas, vanilla extract, and pecans, if used. **8 ounces of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips are also a great addition. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8x4" loaf pans.
*Optional: Sprinkle a thin layer of sugar over batter, to give it a sweet, crunchy crust.
Bake at 325 degrees for 90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before removing from pans. Once removed, allow bread to cool completely before storing.