Magda

I'd wanted to share recipes and food conversations on the air, but there just hasn't been the time or circumstance to engage in that. So I thought I'd blog you some recipes from time to time, and here's one of my very favorites. I've made it many times over the years, but haven't recently, and got a sudden craving for it the other day. I still haven't gotten around to it, but soon!

If you do use this recipe, I'd love to hear what you think (taste), and if you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to let me know. Food's no fun unless you share it!

I have been looking for some Indian food recipes. I love the cuisine, but have moved to a place where it just doesn't exist. Any suggestions for

Although this is "my" recipe, I can hardly claim I didn't gather together the pieces of other people's delicious creations somewhere along the way. That idea always seemed a bit inane to me. So kudos to the many cooks, I'm sure, who brought this delicious one together and landed it right into my vicarious lap.



Cream Cheese Banana Walnut Bread


Recipe makes 2 loaves. I hardly think it's worth it to do all the work without having an extra loaf around, and it tastes really good the days following the bake.


Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened
(8-ounce) package cream cheese, soft
1 1/2 cups sugar (friends have made this using more, but I don't like a very sweet banana bread..use your own personal taste judgment)
large eggs
cups all-purpose flour (I use unbleached, but that's up to you)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (that's about 4 medium)
cup chopped walnuts (although I usually throw in more...I'm a walnut lover)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese together either manually or with an electric mixer until it's very creamy. Gradually add the sugar, and beat it until it's light and fluffy.
 
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Go easy.


Combine flour, bp and bs; slowly add to butter mixture, beating a just until blended.

Stir in bananas, walnuts, and vanilla.

Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loafpans.


Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick (or a knife...) inserted in center comes out clean and sides pull away from the pan. If you notice too much browning going on, cover with aluminum very loosely for the last 15 minutes or so. It depends on your oven. 

Cool breads (in pans) for about 10 minutes. Remove from the pans, and cool another 30 minutes before slicing.


Here's a variation, a topping, if you're up for it and in the mood. It's delicious!

Prepare batter same as above, and into the pans.

Stir together 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts,
1 tablespoon flour; 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
 
Sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Bake and cool same as above.


Be very well,
Pamela

  1. Today's Best
  2. Top Shows
  3. Best of BTR
    1. Loading

      Samsung S5 Review

      Taking a look at the latest smartphone from Samsung, the S5.

    2. Scandal Star Dan Bucatinsky

      Host Cyrus Webb welcomes actor Dan Bucatinsky to Conversations LIVE to discuss not just his success as an actor but what it has been like to be on one of the biggest shows on television.

    3. Music Box From "The Voice"

      From "Team Usher" NWP welcomes "Music Box". Eliminated this week, what is next for the single mother trying to make it as a full-time singer?

    4. Alexi Lalas on MLS Expansion

      U.S Soccer Star Alexi Lalas discusses the latest MLS expansion plans.

    5. Arianna Huffington

      Ed and Deb Shapiro welcome Arianna Huffington to talk about her new impassioned and compelling book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

    6. Soap Star Heather Tom

      Actress Heather Tom (Bold and the Beautiful) joins World Footprints to discuss her philanthropy work and travel.

    7. Remembering Mickey Rooney

      Movie Addict Headquarters remembers the legendary Mickey Rooney with a celebration of his remarkable career. Joining this tribute are comedian George Bettinger, film historian James Colt Harrison and Diana Saenger from Classic Movie Guide.

    8. Celebrating Passover

      Passover is one of the most religious Jewish holidays. Hear from the very esteemed Rabbi, Joseph Potasnik on the Passover history, significance and special traditions.

    9. The Wine Episode

      Eddie Huang and co-host Elena Bergeron welcome Michael Madrigale to Monosodium Glutamate. Michael is Head Sommelier at Bar Boulud in New York City, an expert in one of Eddie's favorite subjects - wine.

    10. Discover Your Perfect Career

      Join Alison Doyle, About.com's career expert, to discover how you can find the perfect career.

    11. Actress Salli Richardson

      Salli Richardson, from BET's "Being Mary Jane," discusses life in Hollywood with Rolanda.

    12. Spring Clean Your Life

      As you Spring clean your closets is it time to do the same in your pantry and refrigerator? What about your snack drawer at work? Join me and my guest Tambra Raye Stevens as she shares how we can get the junk out our diets to eat healthier and feel better.

    13. Live at NOLA's French Quarter Festival

      World Footprints travels to New Orleans for our annual broadcast at French Quarter Festival. We will broadcast live from the heart of the Quarter at Jackson Square in the Tableau restaurant--Dickie Brennan's latest gem.

    14. Pele's Hair Diamonds

      Shawn and Kevin take a look at another week in soccer, and discuss Pele's hair diamonds.

    15. Kevin Costner Talks Draft Day

      Taking a look at the new movie "Draft Day" and hearing star Kevin Costner's thoughts.

    1. Loading

      Rodney Perry Live

      On his show, Comedian Rodney Perry covers arts and entertainment, everything from comedy and politics to music and acting, with his signature comedic slant.

    2. Saturday Mornings With Joy Keys

      Joy Keys provides her listeners with insight to improve their lives mentally, physically, monetarily and emotionally. Past guests on the show have included Meshell Nedegeocello, Blair Underwood, in addition to an impressive list of CEOs, humanitarians and authors.

    3. Small Business Unstuck

      Host Barry Moltz gets small businesses unstuck. He has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. This is a business radio show where he shares all the craziness of small business. It’s that craziness that actually makes it exciting, interesting and totally unpredictable.

    4. The Bottom Line Sports Show

      The Bottom Line Sports Show is hosted by former NBA stars Penny Hardaway, Charles Oakley, Mateen Cleaves. Tune in to get the inside scoop on what's happening in sports today.

    5. Hits Radio

      Hits Radio covers basketball, sports culture and entertainment with past guests including Jason Kidd, Robin Lundberg and Chris Herren.

    6. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

      Listeners get an earful on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds. Whether it’s the current political cocktail or the latest must-read award-winning book, Halli tackles all topics and likes to stir — and sometimes shakes — things up.

    7. America's Most Haunted

      Official Internet radio show of forthcoming epic paranormal investigation book by Eric Olsen and "Haunted Housewife" Theresa Argie.

    8. World Footprints

      Award-winning World Footprints is a leading voice in socially responsible travel and lifestyle. Hosts Ian & Tonya celebrate culture and heritage and bring a unique voice to the world of travel.

    9. Football Reporters Online

      Football Reporters Online is a group of veteran football experts in the fields of coaching, scouting, talent evaluation, and writing/broadcasting/media placement. Combined, the group brings well over 100 years of expertise in sports.

    10. Small Business Roundtable

      Host John Martin interviews the nation's leading entrepreneurs and small biz experts to educate small business owners on how to be successful. Past guests have included Emeril Lagasse and Guy Kawasaki.

    11. Sylvia Global

      Sylvia Global presents global conversations pertaining to women, wealth, business, faith and philanthropy. Sylvia has interviewed an eclectic mix from CEOs and musicians to fashion designers and philanthropists including Randolph Duke and Ne-Yo.