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Wednesday, January 6, 2010


When making banana bread be sure that your bananas are very ripe. The riper the banana the moister your bread will be.

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
8oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 or 5 )
3 cups all-purpose four
1/2 teaspoon each of baking powder, baking soda, and salt
2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 (4X8)-inch loaf pans with butter.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and mashed bananas. Mix together the dry ingredients and add to banana mixture. Fold in nuts. Bake for 1 hour. Insert a toothpick into bread and if it comes out clean remove bread from oven. Top with:


1 cup confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Whisk ingredients together and pour over loaf in pan. Allow to sit for 15 minutes or so and remove from pan.

"I know you have your hands full with the babies, so I made you some banana bread."~Marge from the Simpson's

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