Banana Walnut and Cranberry Bread

Banana bread is by far one of the easiest breads to make.

I was inspired by the smart and talented women I met yesterday at the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber’s “Wellness Health Secrets for Women” brainstorming session.

So in honor to the friends, family and everyone we get to hear about that has been affected by breast cancer, I decided to top this banana bread with pink royal icing.

The recipe is just a slight variation to my Banana Cranberry Chocolate Chip Loaf

Banana Walnut and Cranberry Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
  • Difficulty: easy
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6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cups (4 regular-sized) mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup milk
2 cups sifted self-rising flour
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Royal icing (if using):
1 cup of powder sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 egg white (pasteurized egg)
A dash of vanilla extract for flavor

Bread Preparation:

1- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
2- Grease and flour a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.
3- In a large bowl, on low-speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter. Then add the sugar and mix until combined.
4- Add the eggs one at a time.
5- Add the mashed bananas and milk. Mix until combined.
6- Add the sifted flour and mix until combined.
7- Stir in the cranberries and walnuts.
8- Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
9- Let it cool on the pan for 20 minutes. Then remove and cool a bit longer if desired on a wire rack.

While the bread cools you can start the royal icing (if using it).

Royal icing preparation:
1-In medium-high speed, mix the sugar, cream of tartar and egg white until incorporated (about 3 minutes).
2-You will notice the mixture turning a beautiful white color.
3-Add color and flavor to taste and mix until well incorporated.

You may drape the bread with the royal icing in any pattern you prefer.

Enjoy, Bon Appétit, Buen Provecho!                                                

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