3/26/09

butterscotch-banana bread


Calling all banana bread lovers out there! Have I got an insanely delish banana bread for you. This banana bread will take you to a whole other banana bread level--yes it's that good! Why? Well, the flavor of the butterscotch is so gentle and melds so perfectly with the banana. I think the trick was finding the right amount of butterscotch to put in, and of course the mascarpone cheese adds a lot of smoothness. You know how the flavor of butterscotch chips is kind of strong and chemicaly-testing? Well, I added just the right amount of butterscotch chips to meld perfectly with the bananas, and cheese to give it a wonderful light-sugary, banana taste. The taste is so hard to describe, but trust me, this banana bread is fabulous. No butter or cream cream will be needed on your slice of this. The leftovers, I swear only get better with time. Seriously, you need to make this.

butterscotch-banana bread

butterscotch-banana bread

butterscotch-banana bread
kind of, sort of adapted from The Secrets of Baking
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2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup mascarpone cheese
6 ounce unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3 fully ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9-x-5-3-inch loaf pan. (I did 2 of these). Make sure to grease and flour, do not skip this step!
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
Combine the buttermilk and mascarpone cheese in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl beat eggs then combine them to the buttermilk & mascarpone mixture.
Using a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter with the cinnamon on high speed until soft and creamy, about 1 minute. Slowly add the sugar beating continuously on high speed.
The mixture should be light, fluffy and creamy white in color. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Add one third of the flour mixture to the batter and beat until it is just incorporated.
Add one third of the mascarpone cheese mixture and mix until just incorporated.
Add the flour and mascarpone mixture in two more additions, mixing until addition is incorporated before adding the next.
Fold in the mashed bananas and butterscotch chips.
Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (mine was done in an hour, so watch your bread as the hour-mark approaches, but I have a convection oven that seems to have a higher heat than most ovens; so your bread my take longer than an hour. always use a cake tester to judge if it's done or not).
Cool in the pan on a rack for 5-10 minutes, then remove from pan and set on rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Note: you might be tempted to add nuts to this - don't! I did and it just didn't taste the same.

57 comments:

  1. Great bread, I also love to add butterscotch chips to mine.

    I gave you an award.

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  2. That looks amazing - what a great idea - my hubby loves bannana bread, although if I add butterscotch chips then I can't eat it - hmm.

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  3. Oh geez that'sa brilliant with the chips. I can taste it now!

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  4. well, we are going the same way just taking different roads to get there...this looks so moist!

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  5. That bread looks like absolute heaven! I'm bookmarking this and making it asap!

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  6. Ok, that looks out of this world delicious. I don't think something like that should be allowed, I bet I can eat the whole loaf!! Mascerpone cheese?? Nice touch! I love it all!

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  7. Ok, I am not a big banana bread eater, but these additions sound awesome. Think I could be convinced.

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  8. De-licious! And the banner cake up top... don't tease... My boyfriend might drop me for you if he saw that.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  9. De-licious! And the banner cake up top... my boyfriend might drop me for you if he saw that.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  10. owwww, just bought some naners to bake some bread. I will spring this new version on the guinea pigs at work! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Hey, your cat is TOTALLY eyeing the bread........

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  11. Banana bread with mascarpone cheese and butterscotch chips - yum! Very creative.

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  12. I made this in muffin form a while back and couldn't get enough. The flavor combo is a special one and quite addictive, I may add! Photos are gorgeous as usual and make the food look all the more appetizing. Still freezing over there Dawn? Windy as heck in So Cal today. Should have stayed north!

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  13. mmmm. i love putting mascarpone in desserts - it definitely makes it super creamy! love the banana/butterscotch combo!

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  14. Yummy!!! I've never tried butterscotch chips, but I'm sure they are GOOD!

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  15. Oh now this is weird..I am going to make banana bread TONIGHT but with dark chocolate chips. :) This sounds yummy and I've never heard of using marscapone cheese in it! I bet that really makes it!!

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  16. Oh, poor hubby!!! I would kill for some of that for breakfast.

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  17. I need to come over for breakfast real soon! This banana bread sounds incredible Dawn!

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  18. This is over the top!! Love the flavors, and how incredibly moist it is.

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  19. Love banana and chocolate, and never thought of butterscotch. Sounds like a great idea!

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  20. Love banana and chocolate, and never thought of butterscotch. Sounds like a great idea!

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  21. That banana bread does look totally amazing! I have to get some of those butterscotch chips!

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  22. Just when I was running out of new banana bread recipes to try I come across your blog...

    Looks fantastic and totally delicious! I have to give this one a try!!!

    Check out my banana bread recipe blog for more great banana bread recipes and thanks for such a great recipe.

    Thanks
    Laura

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  23. I LOVE banana bread, and I actually have some overripe bananas in the freezer and some mascarpone in the fridge!

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  24. Oh man does that ever sound good. My girlfriend is making her banana bread tomorrow, I wonder if I could convince her to put some butterscotch in it...

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  25. It just seems that you post something with bananas every time I have black, rotting bananas on my counter.

    Your banana bread look SO moist!

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  26. Wow, Dawn, what a delicious combo! I love that you used marscarpone in this. That cheese is one of my favorites to throw into baked goods. This bread totally doesn't need any butter or cream--it's perfect the way it is. Moist, sweet, mmm, I'm making myself so hungry! I need to just make this bread, I think.

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  27. That banana bread looks really dense and rich! I love those thick slices. Just when I was thinking about the chemicalliness of butterscotch, you just answer my question!

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  28. i dont think butterscotch gets enough credit

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  29. Oooo.... It looks so moist! I never thought of adding butterscotch to banana bread. I gotta try that next time I make mine.

    Nice job!! =)

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  30. Gosh banana bread is so good. This is an oh so nice variation with the butterscotch! Butterscotch is not at the top of our fave list, but anything's worth a bite!

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  31. Dawn--you're speaking my language here! I love love love this idea--especially with the mascarpone in there! And with a cup of coffee? PERFECT!

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  32. Oh my goodness does that look good. I predict that Banana and Butterscotch are the new "it" flavors. I have a few very ripe bananas on my counter just asking to me whipped into something delightful. I think this is the recipe!

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  33. What a great looking bread! I love the addition of butterscotch chips.

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  34. Totally calling my name...that bread is sooo doing that!

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  35. Oh wow...what a delectable combo this is! I just bought a nice bunch of bananas today...now...how do I keep Bob away from them? Post it notes with DO NOT TOUCH-NEED FOR BAKING!!!-on each one? It's worth a shot...this bread looks way too good not to try ASAP!

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  36. LOL, i love how you call this banana bread, then you get to the recipe and it's a pound cake :) i can totally see the butterscotch and banana combo!!

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  37. Dawn, this cake loks FABULOUS!!!!!! What else can I say? MMMMMMMMM.......Love it!!

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  38. How the hell did I miss your new post in my Google Reader?!?!??! I mean, hello!! I'm a butterscotch fanatic; and you're awesome!!

    BEYOND HOLY YUM!!! Love ya, Dawn!! :-D

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  39. Ohhhh! I wanted that last piece!!!

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  40. Butterscotch chips and mascarpone in banana bread??? Holy yum is right!

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  41. you don't have to do a single thing to convince me of the deliciousness here. good googly moogly, i love me some butterscotch chips!

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  42. WOW!!! The addition of butterscotch chips & Mascerpone cheese is truly a wow factor!! I love the apparent moistness of this bread!! Gee... I wonder if the boss ate all the bananas I left at the office, there's a possibility I may have some ripe banana's to make this.. thanks !

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  43. Oh wow, that looks awesome!

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  44. Wow...just found your blog via another search and I'm sitting here drooling, smiling, admiring...just wow! Love your photos, thank you for the recipes and you now have one more groupie! Greetings from the AZ desert. :)

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  45. Dawn I have everything but the mascapone and you have sold me, I will have to make this bread. It looks so moist!

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  46. Yum. This looks fantastic! I love butterscotch chips and just happen to have some in my cupboard... now I have to wait for bananas to ripen.

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  47. Hello my name is Rita and I'm a banana bread lover! Looks soooo moist and "holy yum"! Love that it has mascarpone in it!

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  48. That is a nice looking banana bread!

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  49. marscapone cheese & butterscotch chips? oh my, this looks good and decadent.

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  50. I love banana bread, but tire of it easily: it seems like no matter what I always have ripening bananas to use.

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  51. Sent that last comment too soon!! Adding butterscotch sounds like a great way to keep it fresh and different :)

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  52. i just finished baking a batch and it's definitely the most successful banana bread i've ever made. delicious AND it cooked all the way through in just an hour, AND it came out of the pan perfectly. what more can a girl ask for?

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  53. This is INCREDIBLE. See my blog post here: http://thesharpnotes.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/butterscotch-banana-bread/

    Thank you so much!

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  54. Wow. Beyond fabulous. I made one for home, which kind of flopped, but was still tasty. The one I made for work was AWESOME. People absolutely loved it!

    ~cheers

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  55. OMG this recipe is fabulous. I made two of these, one for work, and one for home. They did not last long at all. I hate eating bananas, but I saw the recipe and just had to try. I'm willing to eat it! :)

    ~cheers

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  56. I'm going to bake butterscotch banana bread today, but since I don't have mascarpone, I'll be using an old state fair winning recipe. Yours looks good too.

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