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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Carmel Nut Banana Bread

I grew up thinking there were only 2 kinds of quick bread, banana and zucchini. My mom made the best banana bread in the world...I ON THE OTHER HAND just can't master the art of her awesome recipe...sometimes it turns out and other times it doesn't. I love banana bread and it bothered me that I couldn't count on my cooking abilities to make it turn out every time...so the hunt began. I've tried other recipes for banana bread and there weren't too many that I ever tried again because they just didn't hit the spot. After years of hunting, I found one that I will be making again, and again and AGAIN. This bread has a sweet crunchy texture (and OH so delicious taste) on top, but is moist and full of yummy banana bread flavor inside. This is a must try! Its SCRUMPTIOUS both INSIDE AND OUT...NO CUTTING OFF THE CRUST OF THIS BREAD....instead, there will be a fight to see who "gets" to eat the crust! It's YUMMY STUFF!

Carmel Nut Banana Bread
4 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 c. walnuts, chopped
2 package (5.5 oz each) Werther's Original Chewy Caramels, chopped
4 ripe banana's
4 eggs
1 c. melted butter (real butter), slightly cooled
2/3 c. vanilla yogurt
2 t. vanilla

In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1/2 the chopped nuts and 1/2 the chopped caramels. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine mashed banana's, eggs, melted butter, yogurt and vanilla. Fold the ingredient together using a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon. Combine wet ingredient with dry ingredient mix slightly, just until combined. Over mixing will make for a rubbery bread, so make sure you aren't mixing for extended periods of time. Ingredient will be lumpy and thick. Scrape the batter into 3 regular sized bread pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle remaining nuts and all of the caramels on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick can be inserted in the center and come out clean. Cool and serve.

*When chopping the caramels, I unwrapped them all and placed them in a large ziplock back and beat them with a rolling pin...it worked great!...(as well as working out a load of frustration!) SEE cooking really is therapeutical!

~Julie

3 comments:

  1. love, love love your blog guys! Thanks!

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  2. looks delish! btw, it's caramel, not carmel :)

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  3. Did you guys give your blog a makeover? I likey :) Oh and this caramel nut banana bread looks scrumptious. As always, comin from you guys!

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