These lovely loaves from Katherine Stallwood of Kennewick, Washington are absolutely perfect for gift giving. A surprising hint of orange adds a unique touch to this banana bread which is crunchy outside and deliciously moist inside.
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 2 tablespoons cold butter
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until crumbly. Beat in egg and bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; beat into banana mixture just until blended. Stir in poppy seeds and orange peel.
- Transfer to three 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. For topping, cut butter into brown sugar until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over batter.
- Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack. Yield: 3 loaves (6 slices each).
Originally published as Poppy Seed-Banana Mini Loaves in Light & Tasty December/January 2008, p53
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