Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Favorite Banana Bread

Every week when the boyfriend & I go to the grocery store, I always buy bananas. I let them ripen through the week and then make banana bread over the weekend. It's just one of those things that we love to eat. Maybe it's because banana bread isn't too sweet and that way you can eat a whole lot of it and not get sick of it. But we typically leave it plain, but for this recipe I also included a cream cheese & peanut butter frosting, which both of them go great on top of the banana bread to make it more sweet like a dessert. Well, I hope this will become one of you go-to recipes like it has for us.
Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting
For the Bread:
2 Eggs
1C + 2T Sugar
2T Sour Cream
1t Vanilla
1C + 2/3C AP Flour
1t Baking Soda
¼t Cinnamon
½t Salt
½C Vegetable Oil
4 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
1C White Chocolate Chips
½C Walnuts, Chopped (optional)
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1C Confectioners’ Sugar, Sifted
8oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1t Vanilla
6T Milk

For the Peanut Butter Glaze: 
4t Milk
1T Creamy Peanut Butter
2/3C Powdered Sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf pan with aluminum foil and spray with Pam, then set aside (a bundt pan can also be used).
2. In a standing mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, then add in the sour cream and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. With the standing mixer at the lowest speed, add in the flour mixture into the wet mixture in small increments. Next, slowly drizzle in the vegetable oil until just incorporated.
4. In another small bowl, mash the ripe bananas until mushy. Fold in the mashed bananas into the batter. Next fold in the white chocolate chips, as well as the chopped walnuts.
5. Pour the banana bread batter into the prepared pan and bake for an hour until golden brown on top. Let the banana bread cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then remove it and let it cool completely on a cooling rack.
6. To make the cream cheese frosting, beat together the confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and milk until creamy and smooth. Once the banana bread has completely cooled, frost the banana bread and then topped with more chopped walnuts. 

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