Monday, May 5, 2008

Caramel Pecan Coconut Banana

While browsing through blogs I noticed a Banana Bread bake off blogging event hosted by Not Quite Nigella and decided that I just had to participate in this event. I love banana bread and love my tried-and-true recipe, but I felt the urge to be a little creative this time around. I started with my usual banana bread recipe as the base added some toasted pecans, toasted coconut and caramel bits.

Unfortunately the caramel bits sunk to the bottom of the loaf and made the bottom of my bread look overcooked (booo), so I would suggest coating them in flour before adding to the batter to keep them from falling. This bread turned out pretty good and has the potential to be better if the caramel would have behaved and stayed in place. Although the flavor of the coconut did not really come through you could definitely tell it was there from the little crunch it gave off.

Caramel Pecan Coconut Banana Bread
Source: Amber's Delectable Delights

3 bananas, smashed
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/3 cup toasted coconut
1/3 cup Kraft
caramel bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except for pecans, coconut and caramel bits using a mixer.
Add pecans, coconut and caramel bits and mix by hand until just mixed.
Grease loaf pan
Cook for 50 minutes at 350 degrees
Check with toothpick for doneness (may need to cook longer, possibly 15 more minutes)


CRS said...

That looks great, Amber!

Anonymous said...

This looks sooooo good! The additonal ingredients make it sound SO moist and SO delicious. My mouth is totally watering now.

Carrie said...

This is sounds heavenly, I will be trying this!

Julie said...

Yum, it looks so good! I am definitely going to have make this soon!

That Girl said...

I bet it would be equally as fantastic without the caramel too! The coconut and banana is an inspiring choice!

Deborah said...

Too bad the caramel sunk, but even though it did - it still sounds amazing!!

giz said...

Well done - nice cast of characters in this recipe - caramel, pecan, coconut - what could be bad?

Anonymous said...

I also like banana bread but can't make. Hope now i'll able to do that. Thanks for your recipe.

Anonymous said...

Try lightly coating your carmel bits in flour next time, it will help them from sinking :)

Robin said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!! This looks awesome!

T-Licious Treats said...

YuM!! Sounds fantastic and looks great!!