Banana Apple Fritter Quick Bread with Icing Glaze
Bananas and apples are key ingredients in two outrageously popular desserts; banana bread and apple fritters (or apple pie if you prefer.) But what happens when you combine these two mouth-watering goodies into one massive onslaught of delicious decadence? You get Banana Apple Fritter Quick Bread topped with a glaze of icing. Sound good? Keep reading, it is surprisingly easy to make!
Here is what you will need:
.-1 medium to large banana, ripened.
-2 cups all purpose flour
-1 1/3 cups sugar
-1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-3/4 teaspoon salt
For apple filling:
-1 skinned and cubed Granny Smith (or Pink Lady) apple (small cubes ~1/4 inch)
-2 tablespoons sugar
-1-2 tablespoons butter
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-1/2 cup sparkling apple cider
-3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
-1 tablespoon butter
-3 teaspoons milk or half and half
*optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a standard bread loaf pan.
Start the apple filling so it can cool while you mix the banana bread batter:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, then saute' apples, sugar and cinnamon until tender and brown. About 7 minutes.
Next add the apple cider vinegar and sparkling cider. Cook on medium high heat until liquid is reduced. Take off the heat and let cool. Approximately 15 minutes total.
-in a large bowl, mix softened butter until creamy. Add sugar in a steady stream as you whip the mixture too a light fluffiness.
-Add eggs, one at a time, beating in thoroughly.
-Add vanilla extract and mashed banana. *For this recipe I like to keep some banana chunks, equal to the size of the apple chunks. A smoothly pureed banana is also fine.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add these dry ingredients in three parts to sugar/butter, etc. mixture. Mix until there is no more flour to be seen.
When apple filling has cooled to room temperature or slightly warmer, mix into the banana batter. Pour into loaf pan and shake pan gently to distribute evenly.
Cook for 55 minutes or until skewer/toothpick comes out clean.
Prepare the glaze:
Mix the softened butter, milk or cream and confectioner's sugar with a whisk until creamy. Set aside while bread cooks. Use a spoon, baster or pastry brush to drizzle or brush over the top of the finished bread.
Warm Cocktail Anyone?
What goes great with a warm banana apple fritter bread on a cold afternoon or evening? How about a Spiked Maple Apple?
Try this tasty warm cocktail to accompany a slice of this bread, better yet, pour two, one for a friend and one for you! This is best served warm, not hot, but is also tasty over ice:
-1 1/2 ounces Maker's Mark bourbon whiskey
-1 1/2 ounces pure apple juice or spiced cider (even better!)
-1/4-1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup .*Start with less and add more as desired.
Mix it all together and enjoy neat or with a cinnamon stick. Warm gently. For a sweeter drink, add more syrup or apple juice.
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