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Special Banana Nut Bread

 Special Banana Nut Bread
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
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the 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.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add
  • to creamed mixture. Fold in 1 cup pecans.
  • Transfer to two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with
  • remaining pecans. Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a

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Special Banana Nut Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 234 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.