Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How -Tuesday: Cinnamon Banana Bread

Why did I never think to put this combination together-- cinnamon and banana?  I made this variation on Banana Bread yesterday and it was fantastic.  In fact, the hubs said it was the best banana bread he had ever had.  The loaf is moist and dense, but has a little crunch from the cinnamon/ sugar topping.  The recipe is from Lovin' from the oven.  If your so inclined, here is the recipe:

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
For the bread:
  • 3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
For the swirl:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a loaf pan. Mine was 9 x 5, but you could use any sort, I suppose. Just keep a close eye on it in the oven, and adjust the time as needed
  2. Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!
  3. In a small dish, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbs cinnamon.
  4. Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, but remember, if you’re using a different-sized loaf pan, be careful and keep a close eyeball on it!

Here are my trusty tools:
Always check the accuracy of your oven.  Mine is about 15 degrees off!

Kitchen aid!  Need I say more?

These are the best pans for breads.  $12-15 each, but worth every penny.  Cooks.com carries them...USA pans

Good vanilla is essential.  I have actually made my own...but this is better and cheaper than my own!

    1 comment:

    1. yum.
      am waiting for spotty bananas to give it a try. will a watched banana spot?
      i've looked at those pans. they are worth it?