Monday, June 1, 2009

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

This is so delicious!! My stepmom made it the other day and it was so good. I think I am going to try making it with the cinnamon crisp topping.

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 lbs. or 4 medium)
1 cup pecans, chopped, toasted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Orange Pecan Topping
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped, toasted
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice, fresh
1 teaspoon orange rind, grated

Cinnamon-Crisp Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped, toasted
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with electric mixer, until creamy.
2. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
4. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.
5. Stir in bananas, pecans, and vanilla.
6. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8 x 4 inch loafpans.
7. Bake at 350ยบ for 1 hour, or until tests clean. (Shield with foil the last 15 minutes to prevent browning, if necessary.
8.Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.
9. Remove from pans, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before slicing.
10. Orange Pecan Topping:.
11. Sprinkle pecans over batter before baking.
12. Cool bread 10 minutes, remove from pans.
13. Stir together sugar, orange juice and orange rind.
14. Drizzle evenly over warm bread.
15. Cinnamon-Crisp Topping.
16. Stir together brown sugar, toasted pecans, flour, melted butter and cinnamon.
17. Sprinle mixture evenly over batter.
18. Bake and cool bread.


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