Saturday, August 1, 2015

Yummiest Banana Bread with Praline Topping


3/4 C butter
1 1/2 C Sugar

Blend in:

2 eggs (unbeaten)                                                  1 tsp. salt
3 C bananas (mashed)                                           1  tsp vanilla

Stir in alternately:

2 C all purpose flour                                           1/2 C Buttermilk*                                                                                                                    
1 tsp. soda

Add nuts if desired. Do not over mix the batter. Pour into 2 small nut bread pans that are well greased and floured (I use baker's joy spray).
Bake about 50 to 60 minutes at 350.

About 10 minutes before the bread is done baking make the praline topping (below). Remove bread from oven when done and leave in loaf pans and use a fork to puncture holes all through the bread. Pour topping over bread, spreading to corners and sides.
Place under broiler for 1 minute--watch it closely so it doesn't burn. You want the top to be crisp and caramelized. Remove from broiler and let set in pans for at least ten minutes before removing. 

Praline Topping:

6 T butter                                                               1/2 C dark brown sugar
3 T milk                                                                  1 C chopped pecans

Melt butter in saucepan. Add sugar and milk. Cook until syrupy. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans. Finish directions above.

* I make my own buttermilk by adding 1T of vinegar to the milk