Bake It: Brown Sugar Banana Bread

 Tastes Like Fall
This past week we didn't make it through our bananas fast enough, so I decided to turn them into banana bread. It has been awhile since I have baked banana bread, I guess because it feels like a 'fall treat' and fall has really just arrived to Texas. I pulled up a recipe from Food.com that I had saved sometime ago and decided to give it a try.

I made a few modifications* to the recipe. I added vanilla, cinnamon, white sugar, and then I sprinkled brown sugar all over the top before baking. This brown sugar topping added a sweet crunch to the top of the bread- and after trying it- I will always add brown sugar to my banana bread.

Recipe: Brown Sugar Banana Bread
Here is the recipe, my modifications are noted with an *. Original Recipe from Food.com
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed very overripe bananas (which equals about 5 bananas)
*1 tsp vanilla
*2 tsp cinnamon
*1/4 cup white sugar
*brown sugar to top the bread

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Lightly grease 9 x 5 loaf pan.
3.In large bowl, combine flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.
4.In separate bowl, cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar.
5.Stir in eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas until well blended.
6.Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
7.Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle brown sugar to cover the top of the bread.
8.Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
9.Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Recipe Variations
Other suggestions for making this bread-- how about adding in chocolate chips, walnuts, or maybe only use 2 bananas and then add 1 cup of pumpkin puree to make a "Banana Pumpkin Bread". 

What is your favorite banana bread recipe? Leave a link in the comments if you would like to share!

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