Banana Bread with Walnuts and a Sweet Glaze

Banana Bread

Banana bread with walnuts and a sweet glaze is a classic dessert that combines the flavors of ripe bananas, crunchy walnuts, and a sweet glaze. It typically consists of a moist and tender loaf of bread that is studded with chunks of walnuts and topped with a sweet glaze.

To make banana bread with walnuts and a sweet glaze, a batter is typically made from a mixture of flour, sugar, baking soda, eggs, mashed ripe bananas, and melted butter. Chopped walnuts are then folded into the batter, giving the bread a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.

The batter is then poured into a loaf pan and baked in the oven until golden brown and cooked through. While the bread is still warm, a sweet glaze is typically made by combining powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. The glaze is then drizzled over the top of the bread, giving it a sweet and slightly tangy flavor.

Banana bread with walnuts and a sweet glaze is a comforting and delicious dessert that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet treat any time of day. It is best enjoyed warm or at room temperature and can be served plain or with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is also a great way to use up overripe bananas and is sure to be a hit with family and friends.

SERVINGS: 4

PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the sweet glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9×5 inch (23×13 cm) loaf pan.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, sugar, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the sweet glaze:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • Store the bread in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • For a nuttier flavor, try using pecans or almonds instead of walnuts.
  • To make it even more decadent, spread a layer of cream cheese on top of the bread before serving.

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