I love using bananas for baking, don't you? I also love banana nut bread.........the way it makes the fills the whole house with a wonderful aroma while baking, as well as the wonderful way it tastes. This is a recipe I have used for years.............without the topping. It comes out so moist and delicious. This time I decided to make it with the orange pecan topping and was delighted with the flavor combination.
So if you have some ripe bananas waiting to be used, give this a try.......you will be so glad you did!
Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread with Orange Pecan Topping
3/4 cups butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped, toasted pecans
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbs. fresh orange juice
1 tsp. grated orange peel
Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, gradually to butter mixture at low speed until blended. Stir in bananas, pecans, and vanilla. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
Spread toasted pecans on top of batter. Do Not Use powdered sugar or orange juice yet.
Bake at 350.F for 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks.
Stir together powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange peel until blended. Drizzle evenly over the loaves and cool 30 minutes. Enjoy!