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Banana Cream Cheese Bread
1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
1 c granulated sugar
1/4 c butter or margarine
1 c mashed bananas
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cream softened cream cheese, sugar and butter, blending well. Blend in bananas, vanilla extract and eggs. Combine dry ingredients and add to banana mixture, mixing just until moistened. Fold in nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Recipe featured in Bread Daily on 9/27/01.