Monday, January 6, 2014

Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread

No sooner did we ring in the new year when everything I dislike about winter began arriving.  A snow blizzard, freezing rain, temperatures in the teens with wind chills in the single digits.  Oh, we're quite safe and warm in our apartment and grateful for it.  But we're already starting to feel the winter claustrophobia.  After a couple of inclement days, we finally ventured out with Hadley for some fresh air on Saturday.  But even with her thick fur and a doggie coat as well, it was too much for her.  The freezing slush and rock salt irritated her paws and she began yelping in distress.  We carried her home, washed her paws and tucked her into bed with us where all was finally well.

OK, then, we'll snuggle and watch a movie while tucked under the covers.  Not a bad way to spend a Saturday evening, actually, but this calls for some hot cocoa and a baked treat.  As it happens, that morning I found myself with two bananas that were past their prime.  Banana bread coming right up.  But maybe something a little more special was in order.  A crumb topping and lots and lots of cinnamon would go great with that cocoa.  And so it did.  Both the movie and the treat were a big hit.  Enjoy!

1 Egg
1 Cup sugar
1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Cup buttermilk
2 Overripe bananas, mashed
2 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1 Teaspoon cinnamon

Crumb Topping:
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 Cup all purpose flour
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, egg and vanilla using a hand mixer.  Add the butter and beat until completely smooth and the butter is fully incorporated.  Beat in the buttermilk and bananas.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.  Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet until all the flour is incorporated. Butter and flour a loaf pan (add parchment paper for easy removal) and pour in the batter.

Make the crumb topping by combining the powdered sugar, flour, cinnamon salt and melted butter.  Using your hands, crumble the mixture over the batter in the pan.  Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 45 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Makes approximately 10 servings.


  1. anything buttermilk, I'm in! Will definitely have to try this, still searching for a go to banana bread

  2. I have been baking non-stop in order to remain ignorant to the weather. Yuck and yuck. I hope this is not a sign for the rest of winter. Stay warm this week!

  3. So I'm guessing they aren't a fan of the dog friendly salt up by you? I still avoid having Sir Pugsley walk in it but at least when he does it doesn't burn like the regular stuff.

  4. winter sucks.

    this bread: rocks. You are the total queen of streusel, mmm!

  5. How am I POSSIBLY supposed to watch my carb intake when great breads like this one are taunting me?

    AWESOME recipe, Anita <3

  6. A banana bread with a crumb crust? Inspired! Thanks for sharing, Anita...

  7. I think a streusel topping will make anything better...the only exception being my diet -_- This looks wonderful though, perfect for a cheat weekend!

  8. looks like a nice sweet bread!

  9. This bread looks to die for. Always love a nice twist on the classic banana bread!

  10. There are a few bananas browning in my kitchen. Now I know what I'm going to do with them!

  11. I make cinnamon streusel banana muffins that are quite similar. I can't wait to try this.

  12. Anita, you are the queen of streusel, and I love ya for it. Oh my, don't even get me started on the snow. It's freakin' cold!

  13. Love streusel on anything! Pinning it!

  14. It blows my mind the insane weather you're getting over there on the east coast, Anita! You guys definitely need to stay indoors with lots of baked goods 'n hot drinks! Poor little Hadley. I read about how rock salt irritates dog's feet so now I'm seriously considering buying Abby some shoes or boots (only for practical not style reasons!). I love that you added a streusel topping to your banana bread - everything's better with streusel! Stay warm, lady!

  15. I have pretty much barricaded myself in the house until spring. This banana bread will definitely help me deal with the cabin fever!

  16. You know you had me at streusel. You are the streusel queen for sure!

  17. This looks delicious, I had to look up how much 1 stick of butter was...we don't use that term. It's 1/2 cup, if anyone else needs to know. :)

  18. Can I put my reg milk in it instead of buttermilk?

    1. Hi Ashley - Yes, you can use regular milk and omit the baking soda. It won't be quite as fluffy as the original but it should still be good.

    2. Ok thank you!! How much baking soda? I'm thinking making this now :-) my bananas need to be used up.

    3. The original recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda but I'm saying to omit it if you're using regular milk instead of buttermilk. Baking soda works with the acid in buttermilk to help give more rise to baked goods.

  19. I made it and I will let you know how it turned out :-).. Can't wait to try it after dinner.

  20. Yvonne (Bread Fun)

    love this recipe and your website. You bake goods look so real and tasty. I am going to make this Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread. I just died and went to banana Heaven "Scrumptious"


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