Thursday, June 14, 2012

recipe: bacon peanut butter banana bread

Jessica's blog is one of my favorites. She has amazing recipes and has a knack for making me laugh :) I'm not a huge peanut butter fan so I think instead of spreading it on top, I might use some of Pioneer Woman's sugar glaze for her delicious apple fritters and drizzle it on top. The whole idea of bacon in this intrigues me - it seems like such a contrasting pair that I want to try it :)
6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup bacon drippings resulting from cooking bacon
4 bananas, mashed (about 2 1/4 cups mashed)
1/3 cup milk
"Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add bacon, cooking until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel until ready to use. Reserve 1/4 cup of bacon drippings and set aside.
Spray a loaf pan liberally with non-stick spray or grease with butter. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon then set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar together until smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract, peanut butter, bacon drippings and butter, then add bananas and milk and mix until combined. Add in dry ingredients slowing, mixing with a spoon until batter comes together. Fold in bacon until it’s equally distributed.
Pour batter into loaf pan. Set pan on a baking sheet, then bake for 45-50 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove bread from oven and let cool completely before cutting.
Note: if you’d like even more peanut butter flavor, stir in a big handful of peanut butter chips!"

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