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Amazing Banana Bread with Pecans!

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Amazing Banana Bread with Pecans!

cjfallon | Jun 26, 2012 10:46 AM

Ingredients

• 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

• 4 overripe bananas

• 1 cup sugar

• 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

• 2 large eggs

• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

• 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together for a good 3 minutes; you want a light and fluffy banana cream. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla; beat well and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated; no need to overly blend. Fold in the nuts and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Give the pan a good rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Don't get nervous if the banana bread develops a crack down the center of the loaf; that's no mistake, it's typical. Rotate the pan periodically during baking to ensure even browning.

Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

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