August 28, 2009

Cream Cheese Banana Bread & Orange Glaze

Orange Glazed Banana Bread

Source: Eat at Home


3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of mashed banana (about 4 medium bananas)
1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda


1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoons orange peel


If you’re lucky enough to have someone this cute and willing, let them mash the bananas in a small bowl till there aren’t any lumps.

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In a large bowl, blend together butter and cream cheese. Blend in the sugar till creamy, then the eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Add them to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour into 2 well-greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-75 minutes.  (I cooked mine for 75 minutes – the edges were juuuust about to get too brown so the time made me nervous and I removed them from the oven.  The inside was perfect!)  Remove loaves from pan onto cookie rack to cool.

For Glaze:  Start with less than the 3 Tablespoons of orange juice, stirring it into the powdered sugar until you get a nice consistency (about that of Elmer’s glue).  I recommend waiting to make the glaze until just before serving over the bread.

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