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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

maple banana bread

Maple Banana Bread

Banana bread: so quick and easy to throw together and the only ingredient not already in the pantry is smushed bananas. Why, oh why do I not make this more often? Every time I make a batch I am reminded of what a delicious and filling breakfast it makes and also have to give myself a pat on the back for not wasting 'rotten' fruit. I have absolutely no explanation for why this baked beauty does not make an appearance at our breakfast table more often, but after discovering what a little maple syrup can do to an already fantastic recipe, I promise not to wait so long before making it again.

Maple Banana Bread

It just so happens that towards the end of the week that we had a stash of bananas that had lived past their prime, I read about adding maple to this standard recipe. Maple syrup in my banana bread? Why didn't I think of that?! It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The maple was just what this recipe needed to remind me to bake banana bread more often. The only downside is that the maple smells so good while baking. It took everything I had in me not to pop open the oven door and devour a half baked loaf of bread. Patience won and the result was so worth it. I'm pretty sure I will now always put a splash of maple in my banana bread.
Maple Banana Bread
makes one 9x5" loaf

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2-3 bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup milk

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9x5" loaf pan with butter.
  • Mix together flour, baking soda and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Cream together brown sugar, butter and vanilla until pale and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.
  • Mash bananas and maple syrup together and stir into the egg mixture.
  • Alternately incorporate the flour mixture and milk until well combined and smooth.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (Begin checking at 45 minutes, as the maple will cause the bread to get quite dark. However, I find that right under 60 minutes tends to do the trick).
  • Let banana bread cool for 15 minutes before serving thick slices with a smear of butter.
Maple Banana Bread


Kimmie said...

Thank you, Carolyn!

Kimmie said...

I love when old nanas don't go to waste. Enjoy! =)

Susanne Voros said...

Banana bread looks yummy. I love the addition of maple.  I made banana bread last night but haven't taken a picture of it yet so I'm not eating a slice with my coffee right now like I should be lol.

Kimmie said...

Too funny, I'm holding off eating the last cookies until I can snap some pictures this morning in the gorgeous early sun. Of course, now I just admitted to eating cookies for breakfast... Oh well! Enjoy your banana bread when you get to it. =)

Colleen Bierstine said...

I LOVE banana bread. The addition of maple is just genius. Wish I had a slice! (or the whole loaf...)

Carolyn said...

Banana bread with maple.  How perfect for fall!  Your pics are gorgeous.

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

I know what you mean... banana bread is so simple to make and yet I don't make it enough! I love that you added maple syrup to it! Such a great flavor and perfect for fall! Cannot wait to try this out! 

Grubarazzi said...

mmm. I like the mix of maple in there. I'll certainly try this with the old nanas I have laying around the house right now. 

Lacy said...

Your maple banana bread looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Perfect for a cool fall morning with a nice hot cup of tea...I'm making myself extremely hungry. Definitely crave-worthy!

the food dude said...

Maple syrup with bananas sounds like a great combination, and the banana bread   looks delicious!

Gen said...

Yuum! I always love a slice of banana bread!

GourmetGetaway said...

Ohhhh so nice, I can imagine your gorgeous kitchen aromas. I too have discovered that I need to make more banana bread! I have been grilling mine with butter and adding the maple syrup but I am sure this would be delicious too.

Anuradha said...

Maple and banana are an excellent combination! Your bread looks fabulous! :) 

jen said...

Looks amazing! Never thought of maple and banana combined. 

Wendy said...

Two loaves baking as I type! Smells delicious!

Beth Michelle said...

I love banana bread. It is just so easy to bake up! I love the addition of maple in it! So wonderful!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love this twist on your banana bread I bet the maple gives it such a great flavor!

Bloom Everyday said...

This is a great recipe, love it. Thanks for sharing!


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Diane said...

Just made it. Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

gingerbreadbagels said...

I LOVE that you added maple syrup to your banana bread. It sounds oh so good and I can't wait to try out your recipe. :)

chicagosdomesticdiva said...

Making bread un-nerves me a bit,but this I am tempted to try.