October 10, 2012

Caramel Toffee Banana Bread

You know what I love? Banana bread. You know what I don't love? Taking pictures of banana bread.


Doesn't it look like I've just sliced a brick in to pieces? Sigh.

Despite the less-than-attractive photos, this banana bread recipe is one of the best I've found. With the addition of sour cream, caramel syrup, and toffee pieces, this banana bread is more like a caramel cake than a banana bread. So dense, so moist, and so delicious. Unfortunately, because of its incredibly moist interior and crunchy  caramelized outside crust, the bread doesn't translate well in photos:


But believe me when I say that this is one of the best banana bread recipes I've found. The flavors blend perfectly together, and the ingredients are carefully combine to create the softest, moistest banana bread ever. I often find loaves have a tendency to turn out too dry, but not this recipe. Nope. So despite the crappy photos, promise to believe me when I say: make this banana bread. It's one of the best banana recipes I've found. Seriously.


Caramel Toffee Banana Bread
(Adapted from Baking Junkie)

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Ingredients

For the Banana Bread:
(makes one 9 x 5” pan)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup caramel syrup
  • 1/2 cup toffee chips
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Recipe

For the Caramel Toffee Banana Bread:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 (F).

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a freestanding mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar.

  4. Add 2 eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  5. Add 1/4 cup sour cream, beating until just incorporated, and then add the flour mixture (from the second step) and beat until just incorporated.

  6. Use a rubber spatula to mix in 3 bananas, 1/3 cup caramel syrup, and 1/2 cup toffee chips. Stir until just incorporated.

  7. Pour the batter into greased loaf pan and bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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11 comments:

  1. I feel you on this. Some food just isn't attractive...but it sure sounds delish!

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    1. Hahha yep. Banana bread, soups, stew... but yum.

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  2. Is there a specific recipe for the caramel syrup or just use a standard recipe?

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    1. I just used Trader Joe's caramel syrup for the recipe, but I'm willing to be that a homemade caramel syrup would make this recipe even more amazing!

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  3. Sounds so good! May have to try a version of this. Also, your pictures are far from crappy - I think they are quite lovely actually :)

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    1. Aw thanks! I'm a little embarrassed since they're not my best pictures, but the recipe is so good that I had to share them anyway.

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  4. It both looks and sounds delicious! I love banana bread, whether it's the classic recipe or a jazzed up one like this. Yum.

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  7. If I'm going to buy toffee pieces right now this is exactly what I'm going to bake. This is perfect for thanksgiving dinner!

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  8. I've always been intimidated by the prospect of making banana bread. This really put me at ease. I thought the toffee pieces might be over powering but they melded so well with the bread. Delish!

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