“Old Betty’s” Banana Bread

Old Betty's Bread is more "bread-like" and less like a sweet dessert.

When Ali Siverly did her “Banana Bread Challenge” last weekend, my Homestyle Banana Bread came out the victor. However, Betty’s bread was really good! I love the crumb topping and the flavor. The biggest differences between the Old Betty and the Homestyle are the sweetness and moistness. If you want a sweeter, more dessert-like banana bread, check out the Homestyle. If you are looking for more of a bread-like consistency, then the Old Betty is for you!

From start to finish, this recipe will take you about 75-85 minutes.

Ali is a firm believer in Penzey's Spices.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5 medium)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil or melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (see below)

Ingredients for Streusel-Nut Topping
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp butter
1/3 chopped walnuts

You may have to cover the streusel during the final 10 minutes if topping becomes too brown.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two loaf pans and set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
Make a well in center of flour mixture, and set aside.
In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil.
Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture.
Stir until just moistened. Batter should be lumpy.
Fold in walnuts.
Spoon batter into prepared pans.
Sprinkle Streusel-Nut Topping (see below)over batter in pans.
Bake for 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Remove from pan.
Cool completely on rack.
Wrap and store.
Directions for Streusel-Nut Topping
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and all-purpose flour.
Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in chopped walnuts.

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