Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cream Cheese Banana-Nut Bread

What could be better than Banana-nut bread?  Banana-nut bread with a block of cream cheese in the batter!  That is what is in this bread, recipe from a January 2005 issue of Southern Living.  The cream cheese makes a melt-in-your-mouth texture with a slightly tangy taste from the cream cheese.  

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

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.
Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.   Stir in bananas, pecans, and vanilla.  Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8-x4-inch loafpans.  
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted comes out clean and sides pull away form the pan, shielding with aluminum foil last 15 minutes to prevent browning, if necessary.  Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.  Remove from pans, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before slicing. 
Makes: 2 loaves
 *Note- I eliminated all nuts, my kids don't like them.

This is the topping I used.
Cinnamon Crisp-Topped Cream Cheese Banana Bread
 Prepare the batter as directed and spoon into desired pans.  Stir together 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar; 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans; 1 tbsp all-purpose flour; 1 tbsp melted butter; and 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon.  Sprinkle mixture evenly over batter.  Bake and cool as directed.

I included this picture just so you could see the nuts in it!  Pic from: Southern Living Jan. 2005

Topping pictured above:
Orange-Pecan Topped Cream Cheese Banana-Nut Bread
Prepare batter as directed, and spoon into desired pans.  Sprinkle 1 cup of coarsely chopped, toasted pecans evenly over batter in pans.  Bake as directed.  Cool bread in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.  Stir together 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 tbsp. fresh orange juice, and 1 tsp grated orange rind until blended.  Drizzle evenly over warm bread and cool 30 minutes on wire racks.    
I will link this to: 
Friday Food at Mom Trends
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
What's It Wednesday   at Ivy and Elephants  
Thriving on Thursdays  at Domesblissity
On the Menu Monday at Stonegable 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
A Pinteresting Party  at Tutus & Tea Parties
Food on Friday  at Carole's Chatter


Itsnotjustabouttherecipe said...

I'm loving this recipe (especially the cream cheese) for banana bread! I leave the nuts out, too, because my kids don't like them. I may have to make a loaf - just for me - with the nuts and topping. Thanks for sharing!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love banana bread and this with the added cream cheese sounds so good.

martinealison said...

Un gâteau qui me semble succulent... Peut-être un peu riche, non ? Mais au diable les calories, soyons fou !
Merci pour votre publication...

De gros bisous et si je ne trouve pas un petit moment avant mon départ pour vous faire un coucou, sachez que je serai de retour à la mi-septembre.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Yummy~ sounds delicious!

Linda Walker said...

This looks amazing--must try! Thanks!

Micupoftea said...

This looks so good....be great toasted :)

Unknown said...

so hungry now! your bread is picture perfect and looks so delicious. love banana bread and this is a must try!
thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Martha said...

aahhh, delicious! I want a piece for breakfast!

Brandi said...

Sherry, your bread looks delicious. I wish I had a piece to go with my tea this morning! Thanks again for stopping by my blog.

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

This looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Sherry!
What perfect timing! How did you know that today I was planning on baking? I'm going over the mountains to visit my 90 year old Mom and she requested a fresh loaf of bread...Mine will be pumpkin with walnuts and coconut.....her favorite.
Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful comment.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Sherry, I was just going to make banana bread the other day. Didn't get around to it. I will have to try this. Who doesn't love some cinnamon crispies on top...and cream cheese. This looks so tempting. Thanks for your sweet comments at Quirky Vistas about my photography. I think you have wonderful closeup shots. I just use a regular lens and get in there! You pulled me in with these shots!

Carole said...

Ooh, have I asked you already to share this with Food on Friday: Bananas? It would be great if you did. Cheers

Carole said...

thanks very much for linking in. Cheers

My Dream Canvas said...

This looks delicious! I am hosting a Giveaway where you can win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you drop by My Dream Canvas :)

Jan Messali said...

Oh my... this sounds fantastic! I pinned it for future reference. Thanks!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love all your photos!


Ranissa said...

Made this today....Loved it. Made it exactly as the recipe stated with the pecans! Amazing!

The Charm of Home said...

I am glad you liked the recipe!
Thanks for commenting about it!