Sunday, August 4, 2013

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
 When you have a few bananas sitting on your counter getting over ripe, what is the first thing you think about making?????? Banana bread of course. We love banana bread around here. I have made a few different kinds of banana bread over the years. Our favorite is peanut butter banana bread and chocolate banana bread, then I ran across this recipe for cinnamon swirl banana bread. Oh my gosh, this bread is right up there with our favorites.
 
 There is a swirl of cinnamon running through this bread and a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping that is heaven. It smells wonderful as it is cooking and tastes even better still warm out of the oven with a slathering of butter.
  Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread, adapted from Sallys baking addiction
Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter with a stand or handheld mixer on medium speed until well blended – about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a wooden spoon, stir in the mashed banana, yogurt, and vanilla. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Do NOT overmix. Batter will be thick.
  • Spoon half of the batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar swirl ingredients. Top with remaining batter. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack. Enjoy!

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