Walnut Crusted Banana Bread

So I’m starting to think that baking is perhaps a tool for procrastination… Because I really should have used the last two hours studying, but rather I’ve watched 2 episodes of Gilmore Girls and baked banana bread. Banana bread is amazing though, so moist and lovely. The cinnamon sugar and walnut crust looked amazing on the recipe and that’s what sold it to me. There are about 1000 recipes for banana bread out there! I need to start accumulating more baking equipment though. I don’t have a loaf sized pan, so the banana bread is more square shaped than loaf shaped. I have a great knife now, which I adore using, but I need mixing bowls and frying pans, saucepans and baking tins. I’d like everything to match, lovely red and black would be great. Anyway, recipe below:

Cinnamon Sugar-Crusted Walnut Banana Bread

http://www.fussfreecooking.com/sugary-treats/cinnamon-sugar-crusted-walnut-banana-bread/

Banana Bread Ingredients:

1/4 pound (one stick; 114g) cool butter, more for greasing pan

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 1/3 cups (about 4-5 depending on sizes) very ripe bananas

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Sugar-Crusted Nut Topping Ingredients:

3 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans

1 tablespoon demerara sugar

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.

Method:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius). Lightly grease a 9-by-5-inch (23 cm by 13cm)  loaf pan. Using electric mixer, cream butter until smooth and fluffy. Add sugar and cream together 2 minutes more. One at a time, mix in eggs. Mix in bananas until only small lumps remain.

2. Stir dry ingredients together and mix into banana mixture just until combined. Pour into prepared pan.

3. Make the topping by combining the ingredients together and sprinkle over batter.

4. Bake about 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack and let cool completely before wrapping tightly for storage.

I am about to take this brilliant smelling bread out of the oven, coat it in butter and devour it!

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