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Special Banana Nut Bread Recipe
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Special Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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This extra-special banana bread makes a wonderful gift for friends and neighbors. The recipe makes two loaves, so I can serve one and keep the other one in the freezer so I have a last-minute gift on hand. —Beverly Sprague, Catonsville, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • ORANGE GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 234 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in 1 cup pecans.
  2. Transfer to two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake loaves, covering with foil if they darken too rapidly, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 1-1-1/4 hours. Cool 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  3. While loaves are still slightly warm, whisk glaze ingredients. Drizzle over loaves, using a baking pan or parchment paper under racks to catch excess. Cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Special Banana Nut Bread in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p27


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s_pants User ID: 174050 265525
Reviewed May. 4, 2017

"Made for teachers along with several other banana bread recipes and this was the first thing gone. Very delicious!"

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[email protected] User ID: 5736062 264509
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2017

"Very moist and delicious. Will definitely make again, but would pierce the crust prior to putting on the glaze so it get down into the bread."

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lettuceleaf User ID: 6561007 264403
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

"This is very good. I left off the glaze, used walnuts instead of pecans and reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 c. Very moist and more dense which we liked. Will definitely be a regular treat!"

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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 263332
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2017

"This is delicious. It is the best banana bread recipe I have found.

The orange glaze on top makes it really special."

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rjbeery75 User ID: 2114826 260313
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"Loved this with the touch of orange, made it different than the basic banana nut breads. I also read the recipe wrong and put all of the pecans into the batter and had to add more to the top. Not a problem for me!"

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Joyce User ID: 8985962 258159
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2016

"I've made Banana bread for years, and this is the best I've ever tasted. My friends LOVED it also."

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Rita Casarez User ID: 8925350 255697
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"She was probably baking and texting and missed a task!!"

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manga User ID: 4211076 255391
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2016

"I didn't think this recipe was great or outstanding. It wasn't real moist. Maybe I needed to put another banana. Just okay."

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kls0916 User ID: 4387053 247341
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2016

"I don't know what that woman did but I have been making this for years,. So Yummy! and it is gone in about 6 hours, thank goodness it makes a second loaf. Freezes great too! My husband and 2 teenage boys beg me to make this one a regular basis, if they would stop eating the bananas! I do not use the glaze."

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Suzanne444 User ID: 4834482 246921
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"OUTSTANDING!! ***** I made the Special Banana Nut bread and didn't change or modify anything about it. The recipe made two full loaves. We ate one; gave the other away. It was moist, flavorful, and didn't disappoint. My sister-in-law (the recipient of the giveaway) has many banana bread recipes but a few days later she said it was the best banana bread she's ever eaten and said she's throwing out all her other recipes. The orange juice glaze gave it a great punch. Thank you for this recipe! This one's a keeper!! *****"

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