Winter weather has officially hit our area. It’s either been really cold in the morning and night almost to the point of freezing or rainy. I’ll take rainy over 23 degrees. I know I am a wimp when it comes to weather. I can visit cold weather and snow just fine but, keep me in CA. I could never handle living in the snow! One way I love heating my home is by baking in the winter. I have a favorite go to banana bread recipe. I am always adding spins to this recipe. Today I’m sharing a twist I tried on my banana bread recipe.
I saw on Pinterest that some folks were making their banana bread with a crumble topping. I thought I’d try it. Although I think I needed a little less butter for the crumble it turned out tasting amazing. The thing about baking is it brings me closer to my grandma who instilled the love of baking in me. I even worked in a bakery when I first started college.
Sometimes I dream if I could do anything in the world I’d open a little coffee shop with hand baked goods, changing on a whim. With my artwork hanging in the cafe. Then reality hits, that would be so much work! Not that that’s a bad thing at all. Just as I get older I have already spent years working jobs with crazy long hours, starting at 3: 30 am. But, who knows never say never. Right?!
What I love about banana bread is it is one of those sweet breads that my grandma would make all the time. Probably because bananas are so economical. Or was it because it’s the one healthy thing in the bread besides nuts that makes you justify every single last bite.
Oh, she didn’t stop there though. She was old school and butter always made things better. Cut a slice of warm banana bread and spread that butter ever so gently over the top.
Watch it start to melt, take it in your hands and savor a bite. Or two or…..Well, you get the picture. I love putting my fresh loaf on the counter for everyone to just come grab a slice. I can’t help but, share. My hips thank me.
I don’t think you can consider lifting the bread to your mouth a workout that is, unless you are working out your chewing muscles. Any way don’t think about it! Just make some sweet, deliciously moist banana bread with the extra crumble topping or skip the topping. And if you feel guilty take a walk, or jog…
When was the last time you baked some banana bread?
Rustic Banana Bread with Crumble Topping
- non stick spray
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ cup softened butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 mashed bananas
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- ½ cup chopped nuts I use Pecans but you can also use walnuts or leave them out
- Make a crumb topping with 1 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons flour * You might want to play with this mixture it should be crumbly. I am giving you an estimate as I didn't really measure. Then I actually mixed it into the top of the batter but, not fully
Measure together in a medium size bowl
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
Set aside until later
Mix together in a large size bowl
½ cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 mashed bananas
2 tsp. vanilla
When completely mixed slowly add in flour mixture and stir completely. Next pour mixture into a already prepared baking pans.(*see below)Then add crumb topping to the top of unbaked bread. I took a knife and dragged it into the top but, not fully.
Prepare your baking bread pan by spraying with a non stick spray or lightly wiping with vegetable oil then flour pan and shake out excess.
Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Bake at 350* for 45 to 1 hr -1 5 min depending on oven and altitude. Check often at 45 min. mark to ensure top isn't getting to dark. If your bread is browning quickly and raw in center tent with aluminum foil loosely to protect top and continue to bake until knife comes out clean. Be sure not to over bake!
Recipe easily can be doubled and baked in two pans.
If you rather use a white sugar recipe one of my favorite other recipes is this Joy of Cooking http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/BananaBread.html
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You might like this Rustic Wicker Bread Basket for serving your bread!