Saturday, July 27, 2013

Classic Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Classic Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

I finally decided to make something with the bananas sitting in my freezer. Who doesn't like a good old fashion banana bread? Why not make it even better and add cream cheese frosting on top! Sure, what the heck, who is counting calories anyway?

Classic Banana Bread

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2ish cups of ripe bananas (I used 5)
1 cup pecans (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. 
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add pecans if using.
3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. 
4. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. 
5. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes enough for one loaf, if you are using this for a cake I would double the recipe. 

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar (or more as needed)
1. In a bowl cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the  vanilla.
2. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar.
3. Spread frosting on cooled bread.
3. Store extra in the refrigerator (I had extra).

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