Banana Nut Bread

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Banana Nut Bread

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, divided

  • ORANGE GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each
  • addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking
  • powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold
  • in 1 cup pecans.
  • Transfer to two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans.
  • Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a
  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).