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Thursday, August 18, 2011

BANANA Streusel Bread or Muffins

No Nuts or glaze


1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup Nuts{optional}
1/2 cup Powdered sugar{optional}
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 bananas, peeled and mashed with 1/2 pkg. softened cream cheese

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
2.Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3.Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
4.Combine flour and baking powder together in a bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the banana and half the brown sugar mixture. Lightly swirl banana mixture into batter with a butter knife or spoon. Pour the remaining batter over banana layer; top with remaining banana and brown sugar mixture. Lightly swirl  banana into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through banana using a finger or spoon.Top with nuts if desired.
5.Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean,  40 minutes.

I like to glaze mine while warm with a 1/2 cup powdered sugar and a Tablespoon hot butter{thin with water if needed}...mix and drizzle over the bread...Enjoy!

*Note...these make great muffins also...