My freshman year of college, I used to live for coming home to my mom’s banana bread.
I would force her to make it and I think she loved making it for me just as much as I loved eating it.
Sometimes, I would come home and it would already be baking in the oven and the smell was like… rich waves of heaven.. haha!
But really, I thought she was a baking genius. When she showed me the recipe she uses, I decided to try it myself and add some streusel. It of course wasn’t as good as my moms, but it’s still a really awesome recipe.
“Extreme” Walnut Banana Bread with Streusel Topping
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 large overripe bananas, mashed
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 8 tbsp butter, cubed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
- Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth.
- Stir in the bananas, eggs, and walnuts until well blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture, and stir just until blended. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans.
- Make the streusel: mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
- Cut in the butter and mix until crumbly.
- Evenly crumble the streusel over the banana bread mixture.
- Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the crown of the loaf comes out clean.
- Let the loaves cool in the pans for at least 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
*Tip- Wrap in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture.