This Banana Spice Loaf is a great recipe to make as summer turns into autumn—it’s a sweet, moist banana bread spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and cloves! And it’s topped not only with a glaze, but a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and walnuts, too. So there’s lots to love about this banana bread! 🙂
Next time you’re in the mood to bake, treat yourself to this loaf of yumminess—enjoy it with cider or cinnamon-flavored coffee at breakfast or brunch, or have it as an afternoon snack…or even dessert! It’s a yummy way to anticipate the arrival of autumn! And it’s a real treat to enjoy all season long!
Banana Spice Loaf
BANANA SPICE LOAF by NancyC
Makes one 8 x 4″ loaf
3/4 cup ripe, mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Glaze (see below)
Cinnamon Sugar (see below)
Walnuts, for garnish, 1/3 to 1/2 cup, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour an 8 x 4″ loaf pan; set aside.
Mash bananas in a small bowl and set aside.
In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.
In medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Add this mixture to the egg/butter mixture and mix well. Then add the sour cream, mashed bananas, and vanilla, and stir everything just enough to blend (don’t overmix!).
Put batter into your greased and floured loaf pan and bake at 350˚F for 45-48 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing; then remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
While loaf is cooling, make your glaze and cinnamon sugar:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Half & Half (light cream)
In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and Half & Half together until smooth and well-blended.
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
In small container with lid, blend sugar and cinnamon together. You’ll have a lot left over, so you can store the unused cinnamon sugar in your container for future use.
WALNUTS FOR GARNISH
You’ll also need 1/3 to 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts to top off the glaze.
When loaf is completely cool, spoon the glaze over the top, letting it run down the sides. Immediately sprinkle with 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon cinnamon sugar and then sprinkle on the coarsely-chopped walnuts last. Let glaze set before slicing.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
It’s fun putting seasonal spins on banana bread! It’s such a classic, well-loved treat! Are you a fan of banana bread?