Jamaican Banana Bread

Jamaican Banana Bread


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About this recipe: This moist banana bread is a delicious change from the traditional banana bread. The cake is enriched with dark rum, coconut and pecans, then topped with a sweet butter-coconut glaze.

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Makes: 2 loaves

  • 30g unsalted butter, softened
  • 30g cream cheese
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 225g mashed overripe bananas
  • 125ml milk
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
  • 4 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • Topping
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

Prep:45min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr45min 

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Lightly grease two 20x10cm loaf tins.
  2. Beat together 30g softened butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until fluffy. Slowly beat in sugar until well incorporated. Add the egg and mix well. Sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a separate bowl. In a different bowl, mix together the bananas, milk, 2 tablespoons rum, lime zest, lime juice and vanilla extract; stir well. Pour 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter and mix well. Mix in 1/2 of the mashed bananas. Continue with another 1/3 of the flour, followed by the remaining banana mixture and finally the remaining flour. Fold in 4 tablespoons pecans and 4 tablespoons desiccated coconut.
  3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tins and bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about one hour. When finished, cool for 10 minutes in the tins, remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  4. After you take the banana bread out of the oven, prepare the topping by stirring together the dark brown soft sugar, remaining butter, lime juice and 2 teaspoons of rum in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer stirring constantly; cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth, about one minute. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons pecans and 2 tablespoons coconut. Spoon this topping over the loaves while they are still warm. The topping will harden slightly when the loaf cools.

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I made this recipe about 4 months ago......and it was absolutely divine! I'm back to do it again..... The pecans & rum make this irresistible and the best slice of 'cake' I have had for years. The topping adds that little bit of luxury and goes down perfectly with a good coffee. A must try! - 16 Jun 2013

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