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Orange-Pecan-Topped Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread

Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 1 hr
Cool time 40 mins
Yield Makes 2 loaves
Warm bread is yummy, but to get perfect slices, let bread cool 30 minutes, and cut with a serrated or electric knife.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (1 1/4 pounds unpeeled bananas, about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in bananas, pecans, and vanilla. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loafpans. Spriinkle pecans evenly over batter in pans.

  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and sides pull away from pan, shielding with aluminum foil last 15 minutes to prevent browning, if necessary. Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Stir together powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange rind until blended. Drizzle evenly over warm bread, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks.