This is the first recipe I ever baked. It's such a soul satisfying quick bread - the gooey chocolate chips right out of the oven can't be beat. Or eat it the next morning with some cream cheese - no one will complain!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl (I use a fork to combine – kind of a cheater’s sift).
In large bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together by hand or with an electric mixer or stand mixer. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat it all together briskly again by hand with a whisk or with an electric hand mixer.
To the butter mixture, add the flour mixture alternately with the bananas, starting and ending with the flour. Then mix in the chocolate chips.
Pour into a large, greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes.
Or you can make mini loaves by decreasing the bake time to 25 or 30 minutes. They’re done when either a toothpick comes out clean (except for chocolate) or they are light brown on the top.
To get the maximum happiness from those eating this bread, serve within an hour of taking them out of the oven or offer them up for breakfast with a bit of cream cheese slathered on top.