Friday, February 24, 2012

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
Every time I'm out getting my groceries I always pick up ripe bananas. We eat a lot of bananas in this house but I especially like being able to cook with them too. Bananas are also great to stick in the freezer if you don't get around to using them up. Just let them unthaw for a bit before peeling off the skins and then you're good to go! Here is a great banana bread recipe I came across on Pinterest and had to try it out! It is beyond the best banana bread I have ever made. The cinnamon swirl middle and topping are amazing. Here is the recipe... it makes one loaf but I always double up to make two... I also found that 50 minutes was the perfect time!

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 four 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!

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