Thursday, January 17, 2013

Banana Nut Bread with Orange Glaze

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From Karen Emerson of Evansville

  This is a Taste of Home recipe. It's a hit anywhere I've taken it and I've made it several times.

 Banana Nut Bread with Orange Glaze

 3/4 cup butter, softened

 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

 2 cups sugar

 2 eggs
Aunt Edith's Banana Bread Recipe
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 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 3 cups all-purpose flour

 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 cups chopped pecans, divided


 1 cup confectioners' sugar

 3 tablespoons orange juice
 1 teaspoon grated orange peel


In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. 

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in 1 cup pecans.

Transfer to two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

 In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

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