Sometimes you just need a little something sweet when enjoying afternoon tea. Applesauce Banana Bread can be the answer. We use a lot of bananas in our house. Once in a while they will ripen faster than planned, and that is when we make this cake. If you have enough bananas you can double this recipe and freeze one of the loafs to use at a latter date. It does not seem to last that long in our house, because it almost looks like a healthy food and not so much as a dessert. It is nice to have one on hand in the freezer in case someone stops by that we were not expecting. We just pop it out, slice it and give it a couple of minutes in the oven to warm up a little. By the time the coffee is ready, so is the Applesauce Banana Bread.
1/4 cup chopped pecans plus about 18 half pecans for garnish
4 ripe bananas
1 cup of granulated sugar
¾ cup of applesauce
2 large eggs
2 cups of bread flour
½ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of real vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9” x 5” loaf pan. In a large bowl, slice the bananas and use an electric mixer to mash. Add the sugar and blend. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes. Add applesauce and eggs and mix well. Blend in the remaining ingredients except the pecan halves. Pour into the greased loaf pan and place the pecan halves on top of the load. Bake for 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand again for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Chefs note, My wife loves pecans, but this recipe works very well with walnuts.
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