Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pecan-Peanut Butter-Banana Bread


October is always an exciting time for The Cake Slice Bakers! October is when we bake the final cake of our current book. What's even better is we can choose any cake recipe we desire!


I chose to bake Pecan-Peanut Butter-Banana Bread! A little surprising to me since you already may know that I'm not a fan of Bundt Cakes. I don't like the over baked crusts you get with some of the bundt recipes. I know I'm weird like that. 


Well I'm happy to announce that this cake turned out delicious! I was pretty pleased. The bananas kept the cake moist, it had a nice dense texture, and the peanut butter flavor was just lovely.


Maida's recipe didn't call for a glaze. I decided to make a glaze using peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a little dash of milk. 
It made the cake even better! 


It was a good year baking from "Maida Heatter's Cakes"! I had a few favorites like The Best Damn Lemon Cake, Miami Beach Sour Cream Cake, Aunt Leah's Raspberry Squares, and the Blueberry Surprise Cake.
I also had a few fails, even though I'm happy to have tried the recipes. Kugelhopf was a new cake to me, I'm glad I was brave to make the attempt at least, I found the cake too dry. Then there was the Apricot Strip, the cookie dough turned out delicious, but I failed with the filling, way too tart.
I look forward to a great season, baking with a great group of bakers! I hope our new book leads us to many great recipes. 

Pecan-Peanut Butter-Banana Bread

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 ounces (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 to 3 large fully ripened bananas (to make one cup, mashed)
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) pecan halves or large pieces, toasted 
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter a large bundt pan or two small cake loaf pans. Set aside.
  2. Sift together flours, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until softened, add peanut butter, beat until mixed. Add the sugar, and beat until mixed. Add eggs one at a time, beat until mixed.
  4. Peel the bananas and smash using a potato smasher or fork. 
  5. Add the bananas to the mixture and beat until mixed. 
  6. On low speed add the dry ingredients, beat only until mixed. 
  7. Remove the bowl from mixer and fold in the pecans by hand using a spatula. 
  8. Pour batter into bundt pan or divide between the two small loaf pans.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F. for only 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes. 
  10. Watch your cakes, oven temperatures vary. Cake will be done after cake tester is inserted and comes out clean. 
  11. Remove cake from oven and cool for 15 minutes, then turn out cake onto a cooling rack and finish cooling. 
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7 comments:

Gina said...

Wow! How did I miss that one. It sounds fabulous and a great flavour combination so I'll definitely make that in future!

Carlee said...

Oooh! Now I wish I would have given this a try too! I looooove peanut butter. I'll have to remember this next time I have some ripe bananas!

Felice Geoghegan said...

I think I missed the memo about using bananas this month ;). This sounds like a great combination of flavors, and I can see myself baking from this book many times in the future. It will be fun though, when we do the big reveal next month of our new book.

Jolena TheRubyKitchen said...

I love that you added a glaze to it - I love a yummy glaze on a Bundt cake!

Elle said...

Another great cake to use up ripe bananas. Love the additional peanut butter glaze! Think I'm going to make this for a silent auction coming up in a week...it looks like a crowd pleaser.

Kathleen said...

This sounds so good. I love using ripe bananas too. What a great idea to add the peanut butter glaze to your cake.

EmilyC said...

Wow! that is a big cake! Thanks for showcasing this cake - peanut butter and bananas - looks amazing!