I confess. I am an eater of green bananas. Not so green that they won’t peel, but just at that stage where they are still firm and almost crisp. I will not eat them when they start getting spots. I do not like anything banana flavored, except banana bread and banana muffins. I especially dislike banana runts. Yes, they are cute; looking like tiny bananas and all, but….blech. Mr17 LOVES banana runts….I just don’t get it. 😉
I guess I’m picky where bananas are concerned, but I love, love, love this banana bread. It’s what spotted bananas dream of becoming. Just look at the sparkly sweet and spicy crust, the bands of cinnamon and sugar running through it….imagine that warm, fresh-from-the-oven banana bread smell, but even better because of the cinnamon….
I made a double batch the other day, because of the number of spotted nanners I had. These ingredients are easily cut in half, as they appear in The Better Homes and Garden Cookbook under “Banana Nut Bread.”
Makes 2 loaves:
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups mashed ripe banana
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (pecans are yummy, too!)
For the cinnamon sugar topping and swirl:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F. Liberally grease 2 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
Cream together butter and sugar.
Add eggs and beat well.
Sift together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt); add to creamed mixture,
alternately with banana. Blending well after each addition.
Stir in nuts.
Mix reserved sugar and cinnamon.
Pour half the batter into prepared loaf pans, top with half the cinnamon mixture.
Pour in the rest of the batter, spreading over the top of the cinnamon layer.
Top each pan with the remaining cinnamon mixture.
Use a knife to swirl through each loaf.
Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Remove from pans and cool on racks.
Here’s where the recipe says to wrap and store overnight. Yeah. That’d probably be best. This banana bread cuts better when fully cooled or even chilled. But who can wait when your kitchen smells so gosh darn yummy?! Not me. I had to have a slice warm from the oven with butter melted in to it.
If you look closely, you’ll see the cinnamon swirl It’s much more defined, you guessed it, when you slice AFTER cooling.
I dare you to resist the tempting aroma and wait. I double-dog dare you! Don’t you think this banana bread would be perfect for breakfast? Or dessert? Or to make as a gift for your BFF? (Especially when you make two loaves–one for her, one for you!)