Sunday, August 30, 2009

Streusel Topped Banana Bread

I made this for the same reason we all make banana bread: my bananas were getting seriously scary! But I took it to Young Women's to try to win them over with my culinary craftiness, and it totally worked! (I also made lemon bread, but the recipe needs to be tweaked, so I'll pop that one up when I'm happier with it.) *Keep in mind that on all fruit/vegetable breads you can substitute more of the fruit/vegetable to replace some of the oil or butter, and occasionally some of the sugar. But this is the original recipe, without modification:

Streusel Topped Banana Bread
2 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. cinnamon (I like more!)
1/8 t. nutmeg (ditto!)
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 c. mashed bananas
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil or melted butter/margarine
1/4 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Oven @ 350. Grease 9x5x3" bread pan or two 7.5x3.5x2" pans. Mix together first 5 ingredients in large bowl and create a well in the center. In smaller bowl, mix together the next 4 ingredients until smooth. Pour into the well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add nuts if desired. Stir together until just combined (will be lumpy), and pour into pan(s). Top with:

Streusel-Nut Topping
In small bowl combine 1/4 c. brown sugar and 3 T. flour. With pastry blender, mix together until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/3 c. chopped walnuts, if desired.

Sprinkle over batter evenly and bake for 55-60 minutes for larger pan or 40-45 minutes for smaller pans, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely before slicing (like anyone ever does THAT! Seriously, just yank out the butter and just go to town!)

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