One Banana Bread with Maple Icing

Have you ever had one black banana and not known what to do with it? Well, I have the recipe for you!

I hate bananas. Fresh bananas, in a smoothie, or mixed into something like yogurt or cereal. No, thank you. However, banana Runts are my favorite; banana Laffy Taffy, yum; and banana bread is delicious! The funny thing is I can distinctly remember loving bananas as a kid. Weird! But, now, I gag at the slightest taste or smell.

This past Sunday was Father’s Day in both of my  respected countries, UK and America. I decided to celebrate by making one of my Dad’s favorite things. Ever since I was little I have been told about this cake my Dad’s Aunt would make. It was a Banana Cake with Maple Icing. I have never had the real thing. I tried to recreate it once and it did not get the stamp of approval. And to be honest it wasn’t a very good cake. One day, I will get this recipe! For now I will have to settle for my interpretations which was delicious and is already gone.
One Banana Bread

1/4 cup soft butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup flour
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

1. Preheat oven 180C/350F and grease a loaf pan.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer. Add in egg, vanilla, and milk until well incorporated. Scrape sides.
3. Add dry ingredient and mix well. Scrape sides of bowl, add mashed banana and nuts. Stir well until incorporated.
4. Pour into loaf pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
A few months ago, I had my Mom send some Mapleine. Mapleine is just maple extract. I can also make pancake syrup with it. Hence, why I have this priceless treasure in the UK.
Banana Bread with Maple Icing
Maple Icing

2 tbsp soft butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp mapleine (maple extract)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk

1. Mix together butter and flavorings until smooth. Add powdered sugar and milk until smooth.

If anyone in the Peterson Clan is reading this: PLEASE! SOMEONE HUNT DOWN “THE” RECIPE!!!!!!! Just kidding! No, really! All I want for Christmas is “the” recipe! Pleeeeeease!


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