Tuesday, February 17, 2009

STRUESEL-TOPPED BANANA NUT BREAD

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
7 tbsp uncooked regular oats
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into pieces
2 small ripe bananas, mashed (1 cup)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine the light brown sugar, oats, and flour. Cut in the 1/3 cup cold butter with a pastry blender until crumbly; chill this struesel.

Beat banana and eggs, sugar, butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute or only until smooth.

Combine the 1 1/2 cups flour and baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the banana mixture, beating just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in the vanilla and pecans.

Spoon batter into 3 greased mini loaf pans. Sprinkle each loaf evenly with the struesel. Bake at 340 degrees for 35 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove bread from the pans and cool completely on wire rack.

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