Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cooking Light Bananas Foster Bread

The Best for last of course!! The final bread made from Cooking Light's 2010 issue is Bananas Foster Bread.  This recipe is the reason I wanted to make the breads in the first place.  I admit the rum was one of the reasons I wanted to make it, and how could rum not make banana bread taste better!!  Make sure to pay attention though, I read to quickly and did not add the rum when I was supposed to, and ended up just adding 2 Tbsp to the batter itself, which made the rum flavor very intense.  It was very liked, but I felt the rum was quite strong between the bread and the glaze! Either way it was a wonderful variation of banana bread!

Bananas Foster Bread:
1 ½ c mashed ripe banana
1 c packed brown sugar, divided
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1/4c dark rum, divided
1/3c plain fat free yogurt
2 lg eggs
6.75 oz all purpose flour (about 1 1/2c)
¼ c ground flaxseed
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground allspice
Cooking spray
1/3 c powdered sugar
1 Tbsp 1% low-fat milk

1.       Preheat oven to 350.
2.       Combine banana, ½ c brown sugar, 5 Tbsp butter and 3 Tbsp rum in a nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat, cool.  Place banana mixture in a large bowl.  Add yogurt, remaining ½ c brown sugar, and eggs. Beat with a mixer at medium speed.
3.       Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.  Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through ground allspice).  Add flour mixture to banana mixture, beat just until blended.
4.       Pour batter into a 9x5 inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. 
5.       Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.  Remove bread from pan.
6.       To prepare glaze combine remaining 1 tbsp melted butter, remaining 1 tbsp rum, and powdered sugar, stir until well blended. Drizzle over the warm bread.

Such a tasty treat!  I would definitely call this a special occasion bread, deep flavors and wonderful, I loved the way the bananas were cooked down, and cannot wait to remake it properly with the rum cooked into the bananas.  A wonderful recipe!!!
Again pictures supplied by the awesome Sis in Law.. Ashley!

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