Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Banana Bread with Streusel Nut Topping

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One more time...with streusel!

I know what you are thinking. I am a blog-post repeater. I could tell you that the rotting bananas were causing such a scene that People Asia was knocking down my door demanding to know what the smell was. I could tell you that oh no, I haven’t posted about banana bead before, nor banana muffins, oh no not me. I could tell you that this isn’t banana bread at all...but that would be a lie. And a shame too because then I wouldn’t get to tell you about the streusel.

Yes! That burnished blanket of crumble and nuts that is valiantly trying to disguise my blog-post-repeater-ness. It’s a wonder what the right accessories can do!

I love the humble banana bread, and in all likelihood this isn’t going to be the last time you see it on this blog is one form or another (eep!). I can’t help it! And I can’t say that I feel totally to blame for it either. I mean, I’ve already got one go-to recipe that has served me well, but food bloggers everywhere just keep coming up with more and more convincing classics and enticing variations! How can I resist?

Maybe I should just make a separate category for my banana bread exploits? Hmmm...

Anyway, enough chatter and on to the streusel! I had bookmarked the recipe way back when from my good friend Christine’s blog, Ramblings From a Gypsy Soul. I had been meaning to try her definitive banana bread recipe, but when my bananas were on the brink and ready for cake there were only 3 left. I used this recipe from Elise of Simply Recipes that I have used before. It uses 3-4 bananas and makes one loaf so it was perfect. Because I was making only one loaf I halved Christine’s streusel recipe.

This mixture of flour, sugar, butter, and walnuts is deceptively simple but high on deliciousness. It adds a sweet crunch and moist chew that is ideal...especially as I am a firm believer in walnuts in banana bread, even if making this for my brother always involved forgoing the nuts. Plus, it makes your banana bread look gorgeous! It came out of the oven looking transformed by its high golden crown of goodness. You know what I’m talking about...this is the same glow you get toting that fabulous bag on your elbow, or feeling the swish on those new drop earrings on your shoulders...the right accessories can do that.

This domestic-goddess look that the streusel gives goes over very well with friends. My best friend K gave a heartfelt, “Oooh! That looks so nice!”, when she saw it...and after tasting it complained that there was “too much cake”. A better testament to a streusel topping I have yet to hear :)

If you are in search of a quick pick-me-up, accessories can do the job – go put streusel on your banana bread...or buy some pretty earrings! Good accessories are the saving grace for both blog-post-repeaters and outfit-repeaters! ;)

32 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful bread! I love streusel toppings! Yummylicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Gattina said...

ohhhh J, why you torture me... keep showing me lip-smacking banana bread!!!

katrina said...

I heart streusel!!! You are so right about what a difference it makes. I've actually chosen to eat some breads, cakes or muffins simply because they had streusel on top. My favorite streusel-topped thing is coffee cake. It's completely irresistable to me -- remember Lori's coffee cake at the baking demo? YUMMMM.

Lore said...

I always say there cannot be to many banana bread recipes. This one looks so delicious with the streusel topping. Great idea!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

“too much cake”. A better testament to a streusel topping I have yet to hear :)
And that's the truth. It is incredible how many versions we can find! Love the streusel!!

canDIshhh said...

I love streusel!! :)

Yum!!

Meeta said...

banana bread recipes - the more the merrier. i like this with the crunchy topping so give me more!

linda said...

It's a worthy disguise ;) I like the idea so much that I'll use it next time I make banana bread. Maybe I'll even post about it even though I already blogged about mini banana bread loafs ;)

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa! It really was :)

Hi Gattina! Haha! No torture intended...no, I am not trying to get back from all the tummy-growling moments spent reading your blog...not at all! :)

Hi Katrina! How can I forget! I had so much fun...although trying hard not to grab everything in sight ;) You are like K – when I offered to slice her some cake to take with her she made a side-to-side slicing motion with her hand instead of up-down, to indicate that she wanted the top sliced off for her!

Hi Lore! I agree with you – I have a whole bunch of them filed away :)

Hi Tanna! Yes, I find banana bread versions all the time – I have more than I know I can try with good conscience...haha :) But I will give it my best shot!

Hi Candishhh! Me too :)

Hi Meeta! I have more recipes where this came from so you will definitely be seeing more of them here...don’t get bored ok? ;)

Hi Linda! Aha! Another banana bread post I can bookmark...I’m heading there now :) And I was thinking of making minis (so more streusel for each)!

Parker said...

Really nice bread, the steusel nut topping is a good choice to spice up a traditional recipe.

Marvin said...

Hey, guys can accessorize too! Take for instance, a nice new set of sneakers, or, uh, hmmm. OK, that's all I've got. But your streusel does look like a great topping for banana bread, especially if the bread cracks open on top, the streusel can cover it up;)

Manggy said...

Hmm, I'm trying to decide whether I love the crunchy top that streusel creates, or the sticky top. I'm gonna say... having a bit of each is good for the soul ;) Don't worry about repeaters, your food is always welcome!

I too made banana cake, and it has an accessory-- but it is a post for the future ;)

Me said...

I just started a blog search for banana nut bread, and lo and behold, there was yours. Didn't even look beyond yours. I'm off to the kitchen now. Hope mine turns out as yummy looking as yours!

Peabody said...

Oh I bet the streusel topping makes it extra special.

Jen Tan said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!!! have to try it with the streusel nut topping! =)

Dhanggit said...

that is what so glorious about banana; you eat them as it is they are good...they are over-ripe and could be almost rotten, toss them up in dough and they give you delicious goodies!! love this!

mtan said...

I remember making banana bread with streusel based on Nena's recipe and falling in love with banana bread, all because of that wonderful nutty buttery streusel. So more streusel! More pretty accessories!

Patricia Scarpin said...

You had me at streusel, Joey. Love the stuff!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Parker! It sure spiced this one up...I loved it :)

Hi Marvin! Of course guys can accessorize! And nice sneakers do plenty! :) Ah yes, streusel can cover up a multitude of sins...just like make-up...ok, don’t get me started...

Hi Manggy! I like it all! Next time will try adding something oaty/grainy though...maybe wheat germ or toasted oats. I can’t wait to see your banana cake and its accessory!

Hi Me! Glad to be of service :) Hope you liked it!

Hi Peabody! It does :)

Hi Jen! I love your Nutella version!

Hi Dhanggit! Plus they come in their own wrapping which is biodegradable ;) They are perfect :)

Hi M! I remember that...you gave me one and I loved it!

Hi Patricia! It was love at first bite :)

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Love love love this streusel Joey. And I'm never bored reading your blogs about bananas!

TheSassyChef said...

yum yum yum yum!! streusel makes everything taste better

Midge said...

Hi, Joey! Streeusel makes just about anything look and taste better. Banana bread, apple pie, cherry cobbler, mango tarts...the list is just endless!

kosenrufu mama said...

delicius bread!!!!!

oggi said...

Streusel nut topped banana bread = delicious!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Stella! Thanks! I’m sure I’ll never stop posting about banana…haha :)

Hi Sassychef! I agree :)

Hi Midge! Mmmm…now I have to try all those things!

Hi Ester! It was :)

Hi Oggi! Oh yes! ;)

Cenk said...

I love streusel and banana bread! Perfect combination! This will be my breakfast for next week!

Leslie said...

Ok..YUM!!I might have to add this topping to my next loaf of banana bread!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Cenk! Hope you enjoyed it for breakfast :)

Hi Leslie! Hope you like it...it's so simple but adds so much yummy-ness :)

LyB said...

Repeat all you want Joey, this post was such fun to read! I love banana bread too, this looks wonderful. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lyb! Happy to hear you enjoyed it and aren't bored of the "repeating" :)

Tacky said...

I have a question. . .How do you keep the steusal topping crunchy after a couple of days? I am baking on Thursday for a weekend trip and will be hosting breakfast on Sunday. I would love to make this but have always had my streusal turn soggy after a couple of days. Any tips?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tacky! Wish I could help you but I just usually try to make it as close to the date as possible...I just keep it in the ref after the first day and toast the slices very lightly when serving...