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

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