Georgia Pecan Banana Bread and Cinnamon Butter…

This recipe is very special to me as it comes from my mother’s kitchen.  My mother always made this banana bread in the Fall and I just love it.  The key to the sweetness of this bread is that my mother would use over-ripe bananas – almost until the peel was totally black.  How I wish she were here today to enjoy this with me.  So fortunate to have my warm memories and this recipe along with many others that she gave me through the ages.

Moist and delicious Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterWhen the bananas are this ripe they mash and cream very well.

Moist and delicious Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon Butter

Georgia Pecan Banana Bread and Cinnamon Butter…

Yield: This recipe is for one loaf of bread.

Ingredients

  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Cinnamon Butter
  • 1/4 pound of unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 3 TBS honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl.

Blend in sugar, egg, butter and vanilla.

Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and blend in.

Add pecans

Add the flour last and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased 4x8 inch loaf pan.

Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, depending on your oven.

Cool for 15 minutes and remove from loaf pan.

For the Cinnamon Butter - combine all of the ingredients until smooth

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Adding the sugar…

Moist and delicious Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterAdding a great quality vanilla is also key to any baking.  I found this one at TJMaxx – of course 🙂

Moist and delicious Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterWe are fortunate that the great state of Georgia is the largest producer of pecans.  This is prime harvest time now.

Moist and delicious Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterAll ready for the oven…

Moist and delicious Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon Butterand voila! Oven fresh –  I wish you could smell the aroma.

Yummy Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterMaking the cinnamon butter…

Yummy Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterDoesn’t that look delicious – this bread is so moist.

Yummy Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterI couldn’t resist a fresh, warm slice 🙂

Yummy Georgia Pecan Banana Bread with Cinnamon ButterSo grateful to have my memories of baking with my mother.  As I was baking today I remembered a time that we baked this bread together when Jennifer was about six years old.  Between the three of us we finished off almost the entire loaf.  When my dad came home he asked “hey , what’s cooking?”  In unison the three of us sheepishly smiled and replied “nothin” .  It makes me laugh out loud to think of that day and so many others where we did the same thing – it was a secret between the three of us.  Grateful indeed…