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Banana Nut Bread With Spiced Streusel Topping-Day 6 Of 7 Days of Holiday Cookies

Banana Bread With Spiced Streusel Topping

Banana Bread With Spiced Streusel Topping

I love sending mini loaves in my box of Holiday treats. This is Martha Stewarts great recipe for banana bread, its moist and delicious and is the base recipe I use for all my loaf breads, subbing other types of fruit for the bananas. To jazz it up I added a spiced streusel topping, I love the spiced topping on this bread!
Makes 1 standard size loaf or 3 mini loaves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cup mashed very ripe bananas (the recipe calls for 1 cup, I pile it high)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup ย tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup +2 tbs packed light-brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 ย teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, room temperature

Make the streusel topping

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon,cardamom,ginger and salt; cut in butter using a pastry blender or your hands until it forms large moist clumps.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts, and pour into prepared pan, top with a layer of the streusel topping.
  3. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
25 Comments Post a comment
  1. Suzanne, those look fabulous! Great gifts! I’m so excited to be giving out similar gifts and do many baked goods and cookies this year. Well, I do it all year long but Christmas is just extra special and fun. Your loaves are gorgeous and I love the streusel on top…DELISH!!!

    December 11, 2012
    • Thanks so much, it is so much fun isn’t it. I love giving and receiving homemade gifts. I am doing a food52 secret santa and this is going to be on its way tomorrow!

      December 11, 2012
  2. Your loaves look absolutely heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

    December 11, 2012
    • Thanks so much Uru! They turned out well and I am so happy to send them off to their new homes.

      December 11, 2012
  3. Those are great gifts, I think the mini loaves are so cute too! The topping sounds amazing!! As much as you bake your house must smell heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 11, 2012
    • Thanks Suzie, it smells really great in here right now. Making cookies and the loaves to send off tomorrow. I love the holidays!

      December 11, 2012
  4. I need a cup of coffee just by looking at your banana bread ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 11, 2012
    • Oh yes, a cup of coffee and a slice of this would be great. Thank you so much.

      December 11, 2012
  5. petit4chocolatier #

    Wow Suzanne! These are gorgeous. The recipe sounds delicious and it can definitely be seen in your bread loaves. I love that you pile high the bananas ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 11, 2012
    • Thanks so much, I love piling on the banana’s it only makes the bread more moist and full of banana flavor.

      December 11, 2012
  6. I loved how this streusel sounds! I’m working on a pumpkin bread and an apple-date bread that this would be PERFECT for!!!

    December 12, 2012
    • Thanks so much, yes that streusel topping is delicious and would go so nicely on the pumpkin and apple date bread.

      December 12, 2012
  7. This looks so good. I wonder if it would work with gluten-free flour? My mother used to make a delicious cake with streusel topping – I’d forgotten about it. Must try this ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 12, 2012
    • I am sure it could be adapted to gluten free flour. The eggs would bind it and you don’t really work the flour which would develop the gluten. I’ve made gluten free upside down cake and angel food cake, used xantham to help bind I think. Thanks so much I love the streusel topping also.

      December 12, 2012
  8. Tasty looking bread! Perfect for these chilly temps.

    December 12, 2012
  9. They look gorgeous! My daughter loves banana bread and I never made it. I’ll try this for sure! Thank you.

    December 12, 2012
    • Thanks so much it is a wonderful recipe. I”m sure you will enjoy. Happy Holidays!

      December 12, 2012
  10. Carla #

    Hi Suzanne – Looks Delicious!
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    December 14, 2012
    • Thanks so much Carla, thanks for the link, love Chihuahuas and your little Olive is a adorable.

      December 14, 2012
  11. Your Food52 Secret Santa recipient was quite lucky to receive a loaf of this beautiful bread, Suzanne! Love the streusel topping.

    December 18, 2012
    • Thank you so much Hannah, the streusel topping was really good on the bread, had never done that on a loaf bread before and I think it added so much. Happiest of Holidays to you and your family.

      December 18, 2012

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