Moist Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

An additional sliced banana gives this Moist Banana Bread additional flavour and moisture. The Cream Cheese Icing gives it the finishing touch.


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Family time in the kitchen and a photo shoot for the local newspaper!

If you would like to read the article it can be found at The Review website. A special thanks to Reid Masson and The Review for the lovely article.

Morning Coffee & ‘the call’

Monday, June 1, 2020 9:10am – I was sitting on our back deck with Tim chatting about the gardens and enjoying my cup of coffee when a message came through to my phone from Reid Masson, writer at The Review. The Review is our local newspaper in my hometown of Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

If you haven’t followed along on my other blog posts, our family moved here in February 2020. It is six hours away from Hamilton, ON, where we lived for most of the time since I moved away in 1996.

Reid said that they wanted to write a story about she’s not cookin’. Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a big softie. (like my mom). My eyes welled with tears. I was touched. Another reminder of what a great community we live in.

Setting up this blog has really been a labour of love. We were three weeks post-move when Covid-19 reared its ugly head. I really didn’t feel right starting a food blog when, at the time, it appeared supplies would be low at grocery stores.

For the rest of the month of March and into April, I worked at it, but at times wondered if the timing was right. And as it turned out it was simply meant to be.

“The best part was that we did it as a family”

We decided to make the Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Recipe. It is a family favourite and it was a recipe where we could easily divide a portion of the work for each of us.

Due to social distancing, we had planned to do our own photo shoot and that is why there are three of us in photos and not all four 🙂 Yes, I likely could’ve figured out how to set the timer on my camera but I didn’t think of that at the time!

We had fun in the kitchen baking together and snapping photos. Everyone took a turn behind the camera. When we had completed the recipe and were enjoying a cinnamon bun together, Austin said ‘that was fun and the best part of it was that we did it together as a family’. Well my little heart just melted.

So, we have a plan to start doing a recipe together and feature it on the blog. The boys will choose the recipe. We’re thinking perhaps a monthly thing. I’m always up for more help in the kitchen 🙂

I think it’s nice to think that the photos below really capture the morning and they do……minus a few details 🙂

Reality……

I had left the kitchen in a bit of a mess from cooking the night before and we had to do a fair amount of cleanup before we started. For those of you with occasionally untidy kitchens, I don’t want you to look at these photos and think ‘how does she keep her kitchen clean and cook all the time’ – I don’t.

Then, one of the boys woke up late and was a little cranky but got over it quickly 🙂

I was having a ‘poor me I can’t get a haircut moment’. Oh well – covid hair-don’t care prevailed.

Tim was a trooper and when I insisted at the last minute that we needed fresh lilacs for the countertop he ran out and came back in with a beautiful bouquet! (I LOVE fresh flowers inside and must do it more often!)

It’s important to me that this blog portrays real life 🙂

My all-time favourite Banana Bread Recipe

Enjoy this Moist Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing. The addition of the extra sliced banana just made it over-the-top moist and delicious. The icing is optional but takes it from really good to amazing. This banana bread stays moist for days. Seriously – you gotta try this recipe!

You might also like these:

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Maple-Glazed Banana Loaf

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Banana Bread

Thanks for reading everyone and have an amazing day!

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Moist Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing


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  • Author: Sandra
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Description

An additional sliced banana gives this Moist Banana Bread additional flavour and moisture. The Cream Cheese Icing gives it the finishing touch.


Ingredients

Banana Bread

1 cup mashed banana (2 medium/large)

1 large banana sliced

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Cream Cheese Icing

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional to sprinkle on top of icing)


Instructions

Moist Banana Bread

1. Mash 2 medium/large bananas and set aside.

2. Slice 1 large banana and set aside (this will be added into the batter at the end)

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine bananas, sugar, oil, sour cream and eggs.  Mix on low-medium speed until well mixed.

3. In a separate small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

4. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir just until combined. 

5. Gently fold in sliced banana.

6. Pour into greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

7. Bake in 325F oven for 1 hour or until cake tester or toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. 

8.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto cooling rack.  Cool for at least 30 minutes before icing.

Makes 1 loaf. (12 x 3/4″ thick slices)

 

For Cream Cheese Icing

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese with butter for one minute.

2. Add vanilla and stir until combined.

3. Gradually add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time Mixing on low speed of mixer.  

4. Once all of the icing sugar is added, mix on medium-high for 30 seconds.

5. Ice the top of the banana bread.

6. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts (optional)

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours
  • Category: Breads, Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 441
  • Sugar: 34.1 g
  • Sodium: 286.6 mg
  • Fat: 24.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg

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