Orange Blossom and Honey Banana Bread

3/4 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, orange blossom water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. If you're paranoid like me, line it with a piece of parchment, too.

2. Cream the sugar and butter in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. In a small bowl, add the bananas, honey, milk and orange blossom water. Mash the mixture with a fork thoroughly. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the banana mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and stir until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until the flour disappears.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on the rack for 10 minutes or so. Remove the bread from the pan and eat with a glass of cold milk, a cup of hot coffee or a cup of warm tea.