Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

I hope that if you are a fan of banana bread, you try this recipe right away because no amount of praise I put down in this post will do it any justice.  I didn’t make any changes to this recipe, ingredient wise, and I probably will never find the need to.  This just happens to be one of those gem recipes that is great exactly the way it is.  Good banana bread isn’t usually that difficult to find but this particular one is heavenly.  Just to be clear, this is banana bread, not some weird concoction with chocolate chips and other such nonsense added in.

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first.  When I first tried this recipe I was expecting almost a crumb cake sort of a topping on this but I was pleasantly surprised.  The streusel topping is minimal and melts down to give the bread a perfectly sweet and crispy top.  The recipe does say that the bread should be removed from the pan after cooling for about 10 minutes to then cool completely on a wire rack.  I forgot to do this part the first time I made this bread and it tasted great anyway.  So, I haven’t ever done it.  Thank you Better Homes and Gardens for another great one.

Banana Bread with Streusel Topping

From Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook 12th Edition

The recipe can also be found on their website

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 2 1/2 bananas)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cooking oil, melted butter or margarine (I used canola oil)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Streusel nut topping (recipe below)

METHOD

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour loaf pan and set aside.

2.   Wisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in  large bowl.

3.  In a seperate bowl, beat eggs.  Wisk in sugar, oil, and bananas.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined.  Stir in walnuts.

4.  Pour batter into prepared pan and top with streusel.

5.  Bake for 55-60 min until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Streusel-Nut Topping

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp flour

2 tbsp butter

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

METHOD

1.  In a small bowl combine brown sugar, flour, and butter.  The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.  Stir in walnuts.

2.  Sprinkle topping evenly over banana bread.

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