Sunday, February 24, 2013
Banana Nut Bread
Not long ago, a teacher at our school made some banana nut bread that she shared with us. It was so yummy, so moist. I sought her out and asked her what recipe she used. She had used the Betty Crocker recipe (from the old "red" cookbook). So about a week later, I tried it. And it was good. But it was not as moist as hers.
Well, yesterday, I had a few very ripe bananas (which are rare around here because they get eaten so quickly) and wanted to try again. This time I checked my pins on Pinterest and found a recipe I had pinned for cream cheese banana bread. Um, cream cheese??? Seriously, how could you go wrong with that?
So last night I threw it in the oven and started smelling it immediately.
But then I had to wait until this morning to try it.
Can you say torture?
Hopped out of bed this morning to try it. Warmed it just a bit in the microwave and sat down to eat.
It was delicious.
Everything I wanted in a banana bread.
I will definitely be using this recipe again.
Note: The original recipe makes two loaves. And IF a certain child in my house hadn't been greedy and eaten more than his fair share of bananas yesterday, I could have made two; we could have eaten one and frozen one. But instead I was left with THREE bananas, not the FOUR I needed. So I halved the recipe which is what I am sharing here...
6 Tbsp butter (I used unsalted), softened
1/2 package (4 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I think next time I will do half all purpose, half whole wheat...I wasn't ready to try it yet since this was my first time to make this recipe)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 mashed bananas (I just mashed with a fork)
1/2 cup toasted pecans (just toasted them while I was working on the rest...throw the pecans on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for just a few minutes)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon to taste
A few extra pecans finely chopped
Pre-heat oven to 350. Go ahead and toast the pecans for a few minutes.
Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy.
Add eggs, beating until just blended.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
Gradually add to the mixture, beating at a low speed until well blended.
Add in bananas, pecans, and vanilla.
Spoon into a greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pan.
Sprinkle cinnamon and finely chopped pecans on top (optional, but a nice touch).
Bake for 1 hour at 350(when a toothpick comes out clean). If the bread starts to get too brown, cover with aluminum foil the last 15 minutes. That didn't happen to mine at all but my oven rack was right in the middle.
Several people in the comments section mentioned making muffins; they would only bake for about 25 minutes.
After about 10 minutes, remove from pan to cool on a cooling rack.