Let’s Loaf Around…with Candied Pecan Banana Bread!
It’s high time for some comfort and a lil’ warm something something from the oven! It’s winter here in Melbourne, and mornings (and nights) can be frosty! Plus a Stage 4 lock-down makes it very hard to motivate oneself to face the day, but a toasty slice of this warm banana bread can help remedy that! Plus it’s perfect for a weekend brunch, with your family, or perhaps just for yourself! Pair it with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee for a delightful start to your day.
What a delicious surprise I have for you all this week! Yes, it’s a Banana Bread recipe, but this one is on another level! It features candied cinnamon-spiked pecans sprinkled on the top and throughout the loaf for a delightful crunch and a bit of texture, which puts a sophisticated twist on this beloved baked classic.
Don’t believe me? Well do yourself a favour and dust off that old loaf pan, and whip up this Banana Bread for your loved ones! It won’t disappoint!
And as always, I have a divine complimentary Tarot Reading for your week, too! So have a wander and explore these offerings! I’ll go and put the kettle on..😉
Candied Pecan Crunch Banana Bread
If you want something a little different from the ordinary, this gorgeous variation on the classic Banana Bread is for you! It’s homey, made from scratch, brimming with banana flavour and yields a good-sized loaf.
It also has texture, but not just basic texture, next-level texture! What sets this recipe apart is that it features spicy cinnamon-flecked candied pecans, as a beautiful eye-catching topping and sprinkled throughout the loaf to make this banana bread, oh so guest-worthy. I mean fancy brunch-worthy. If you need a Banana Bread that will impress, this is the one for you. Nuff said!
Serve it sliced and toasted (a sandwich press would be the best for this) and slather it with real top quality butter. And don’t forget to brew your finest tea and coffee and wait for the compliments to roll in.
Candied Pecan Crunch Banana Bread
Ingredients and Equipment:
(Makes 1 Large Loaf)
Candied Pecan Crunch
(Makes 2 cups of Candied Pecans)
- 2 cups natural unroasted Pecans, whole
- ½ cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons ground Cinnamon
- ½ Teaspoon premium Sea Salt
- 1 large Egg White
- Baking Tray lined with baking paper
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Small Mixing Bowl
- A Whisk
- 1½ cups (213g) all-purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda (Bicarbonate Soda)
- 1 Teaspoon premium Sea Salt
- 1 cup (114g) Candied Pecans, chopped roughly
- More unchopped Candied Pecans for topping
- 1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed (roughly 3 bananas)
- ½ cup Sour Cream, full fat
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup (99g) Granulated Sugar
- ½ cup (99g) packed Brown Sugar
- 2 large free range eggs, room temperature
- 9 x 5 inch (approx) loaf tin
- Baking paper
- 3 mixing bowls, small, medium and large
- Stand Mixer/or Hand-held Mixer
- Spatula and Mixing Spoon
Making the Candied Pecan Crunch
- Place a rack in the centre of your oven and pre-heat to 176°C (350°F). Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone baking mat and put aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the pecans, sugar, ground cinnamon and sea salt.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg white until foamy. Pour the egg white over the pecan mixture and stir to combine. Pour the pecan mixture onto the prepared baking tray.
- Bake for 10 -15 minutes, shaking the tray half-way through baking so that the pecans don’t stick, bake until golden brown in colour. You can also use tongs to shift the mixture around, if shaking the tray doesn’t work.
- Allow the pecans to cool completely and separate 1 cup (114g) of the candied pecans, chopping these roughly, then set aside. The leftover (unchopped) pecans can be sprinkled on top of the banana bread, for a tasty, rustic texture and extra crunch- highly recommended!
- Any leftover candied pecans can be stored in an airtight container, in a cool dry place, for up to 2 weeks. These candied pecans are delightful sprinkled over ice-cream, used as a beautiful mix-in for a granola, or make a great little snack just on their own!
Making the Banana Bread
- Place an oven rack to the middle position in your oven. Pre-heat the oven to 176°C (350°F). Grease an 8 × 4-inch or 9 × 5-inch loaf tin and line with baking paper, leaving excess over the sides of the tin to form ‘handles’ for easy removal later.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, sea salt, and candied chopped pecans. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
- In a larger bowl (either that of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a separate large bowl with a Hand-held mixer) beat the butter on medium until creamy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat on medium until texture is light and fluffy, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape any missed mixture down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Add the eggs and mix on medium speed until combined. Next, add the flour and pecan mixture and mix on low speed until almost everything has come together. Finally, add the banana mixture and mix on low speed until all the ingredients are completely incorporated. Lastly, scrape down the sides of the bowl again with the spatula and continue mixing until everything is smooth and completely combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and disperse mixture evenly throughout the tin. If you are adding the leftover unchopped candied pecans for a crunchy topping on your bread, sprinkle and position them lightly on top of your banana bread mixture now. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the top of your bread is dark brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
- Transfer the loaf tin to a wire rack and let cool for approximately 20 minutes. Using the baking paper excess ‘handles’, carefully lift the bread out of the tin, peel off the baking paper, and let the banana bread finish cooling on the wire rack.
Weekly General Tarot Reading
What is the focus of the week, and what advice can the cards offer?
1. 10 of Fire (Wands)
2. 3 of Earth (Pentacles)
3. 8 of Fire (Wands)
Well, there’s a lot of energy in this week’s reading, folks! Two fiery Wands cards mean that there is a lot of movement and action taking place, a lot of things happening and transforming around us, even if it seems ‘behind the scenes’, there is a lot shifting this week! That can be a positive but it can also feel a bit on the intense side, especially if you aren’t used to the pace. But this kind of energy can be harnessed for good things, so keep reading!
Our first card talks about our situation and is the 10 of Fire (Wands) card. This card numerologically is the endpoint of this suit, all 10’s are the final place of each element or suit, the 10 of Fire (Wands) is like the fullest expression of passion, energy, creativity and inspiration. This card is almost speaking about an ‘excess’ of energy, it’s almost too much for one person to handle on their own- this isn’t necessarily a bad thing and feeling overwhelmed can feel a bit daunting, but it can also be that because there is sooo much going on, it’s hard to focus on it all, so we try to do everything. That’s very admirable, but it is also very hard work. If it feels like you are juggling too many balls at the moment, you need to prioritise them and distill what is the most important things to you right now, and focus your attentions on these. Is anything able to be shelved and put on hold right now, so you can move forward? If this isn’t possible, then you may need to delegate and ask for help. This can be difficult for a lot of people, but is necessary to move forward here. There is no honour in burning yourself out, during this time, ask for the assistance you need and it will be possible to achieve what you have to this week.
The action card or the next card in our weekly line up is the 3 of Earth (Pentacles) card. This is a card of collaboration, of creation and mastery. 3’s in Numerology tend to expand on the dynamic synergy of the 2, meaning that things start to project out into the world when the energy of the 3’s is embraced. If you have a creative project or something you’ve been dreaming up, this card is saying it will build and gain traction, in other words, it’s a very positive move for you to get out there and push yourself. This card talks about mastery in one’s area of expertise, and if I could summerize it in one short sentence, and to quote from the wonderful ‘Field of Dreams’ film here, it would be “If you build it, they will come!” You may need help and the skills of others, however to lift your vision to the next level, but, if you collaborate powerfully, then the only limit here is yourself. Taking into consideration the last card we got regarding our situation, I would definitely emphasise here that you will need the help of others to transform what you want to achieve here. Get focused and crystal clear on what you want, discard that which is going to hinder you, and once you have done this then it is time to involve other people to get the ball rolling.
The result card for this week is the lovely 8 of Fire (Wands) and it bodes very well if you are still apprehensive about your big plans this week.This card is all about gaining traction and speed, fast! Sometimes you have to “Just Do It” as the famous slogan says, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect than now. A lot of energy is up in the air this week, so if you harness it correctly it will be a successful endeavour for you, this card is very direct and the energy behind it doesn’t last forever, so push boldly ahead with your goals this week, as it’s not the time for contemplation or pondering, it’s the time to unleash your ideas into the world, like NOW.
If you approach your goals this week by distilling down what’s important, gaining the collaboration and necessary skills of others to enhance your own achievements, and going for it, you’ll come out this week in a very exciting place! Good Luck out there! 💜
Until next time! Hope that helps! xx
Brightest Blessings in Crumbs and Fortunes,
PS. Interested in baking a delightful Choccy Bar? Check out this lovely slice recipe below!