Friday, September 24, 2010

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

This banana bread will have your house smelling amazing!


1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the cinnamon swirl:
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 F and place rack in centre of oven. Grease a loaf pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon for the cinnamon swirl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt until combined. In a separate bowl mix together the bananas, melted butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.

Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until they are just combined. Be careful not to over-mix the batter or you will get a tough, rubbery loaf!

Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean with a few small crumbs attached. Keep the banana bread in the loaf pan and let cool on a wire rack for approx. 10 minutes, then run a butter knife along the edges of the pan to release the loaf. Slice and serve!

*Recipe from Lovin' From the Oven

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