Prep Time
15 Mins
Bake Time
1 Hour
Cool Time
50 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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

While bread is baking, stir together 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, and milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut; 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans; and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Step 5

Remove baked bread or muffins from oven, and immediately spread tops with coconut mixture. Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 2 to 3 minutes or just until topping starts to lightly brown. Cool in pans on wire racks 20 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

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