This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I love spending time in the kitchen! So much so, that I could not let my birthday slip by without making something special to share with my family. One of my favorite things to make is banana bread. I have a feeling that this stems from the fact that it was one of the first things I remember making with my mom from my first cookbook (we will not discuss cookbook hoarding here, as I do not need that type of negativity in my life). There is just something comforting about a quick, sweet bread that never seems to disappoint.
This time I did a little spin on my regular banana bread, and added some bourbon glazed pecans. I had some left over from a airplane bottle I had added to some cookies, so I thought this would be a great use for what was left.
Bourbon Banana Bread
Makes 2 loaves
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 bananas)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar to butter mixture, on low speed until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined after each one.
Combine flour, and next 3 ingredients and whisk to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture at low speed just until combined. Stir in bananas and bourbon pecans.
Pour mixture into two greased and floured 8×4 loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour, or until tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. If it starts to brown too quickly, you can place a piece of aluminum foil over the top to shield.
Cools in pan on a cooling rack for 10 mins. Remove from pan and allow to cool on rack for about 30 minutes before slicing.
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon bourbon
- 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a non stick pan, toast pecans on medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant. Add butter and brown sugar to pecans and stir until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add bourbon and vanilla.
I sliced this up for breakfast and placed a mixture of softened butter, cinnamon, and sugar on top of slices and broil until melted. My kiddos said this was better than a pop tart!!
It was great spending my birthday doing something I love. I hope this recipe will remind you to fill your days, birthday or not, with the things you love.
Until next time,