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Spiked Cider Banana Bread With English Toffee Bits

Spiked Cider Banana Bread With English Toffee Bits

This banana bread is dope.

I know that doesn’t make me sound very eloquent, but I was at a loss for better words thanks to this delicious distraction.

If you’ve been following my blog for the past year, right now you’re probably thinking I have a serious affinity for banana bread since that’s all I seem to bake. (See my cleverly named Beernana Bread + my summer-y Strawberry Banana Bread.) Though I do love banana bread, the reason it gets made often has less to do with my love for it and more to do with the fact that bananas seem to surrender themselves to the Lords of Rot within just a few days of being placed on my kitchen counter. Since my husband will only eat bananas while they’re fading from green to yellow, it’s up to me to eat as many as I can once they’ve developed a few brown flecks on them (which is how I prefer them, anyway). Sadly, despite our good intentions, we just can’t seem to get through them quickly enough.

So my freezer? Yeah. It’s a morgue for bananas.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

But it’s hard to complain when the result is a soft and warm loaf of THIS good stuff.

Spiked Cider Banana Bread With English Toffee Bits

Spiked Cider Banana Bread With English Toffee Bits

Because I’m a rebel, I added a seasonal cinnamon-spiced hard cider to both the bread mix and the sweet sweet drizzle. Y’all should know by now how much I love cooking with beer — but baking with it is equally satisfying.

Spiked Cider Banana Bread With English Toffee Bits

I’d never baked with English toffee bits before (shame — I know), so I expected them to remain firm and offer up crunchy little bits in the bread. Instead, they melted away and created moist little pockets of toffee goodness! (No complaints, obviously.)

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Spiked Cider Banana Bread With English Toffee Bits

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Killing Thyme

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup English toffee bits
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium overripe bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup hard cider I used a seasonal cinnamon-infused hard cider.
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Crumbled Top:

  • 3 tbsp coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of melted butter

Spiked Icing Drizzle:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp hard cider * See notes optional — can use heavy cream instead
  • Dash of kosher salt

Instructions

Bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F with oven rack positioned in the middle.
  2. Lightly grease a bread pan with butter to ensure the bread doesn't stick.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. In a different bowl, whisk the eggs until they are frothy.
  5. To the eggs, add the mashed bananas, melted butter, and finally, the cider.
  6. Mix well so there are no large chunks of banana left behind.
  7. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir well to combine, but don't over-mix.
  8. Fold in the toffee bits with a spatula; scrape the mixture into the greased bread pan.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the crumbled topping.
  10. Evenly sprinkle the crumbled topping over the top of the bread mixture.
  11. Bake for approx. 40-45 minutes.
  12. Once done, allow to cool for approx. 30 minutes before taking it out of the bread pan.
  13. Once cooled, the bread should slide right out of the pan.

Spiked Icing Drizzle:

  1. In a bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together until combined. Check the consistency of the icing and see notes for adaptations.
  2. Once you have the consistency you like, take spoonfuls of the icing and drizzle it over the bread in zig zags.

Recipe Notes

For the icing drizzle, please note that you can play around with the consistency. If you want it to be thicker, add more powdered sugar; if you want it to be runnier, add more cider or cream.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Tristan
    August 8, 2018 at 11:44 am When does the drizzle go on?
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      August 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm Hi Tristan, You're safe to drizzle once the bread has cooled off, so it doesn't melt.
  • Reply
    Bernice
    December 4, 2016 at 6:53 pm wow! This banana bread IS dope! The way I see it is, banana bread is your blank canvas and you can do what you want with it. I have to check out that Beernana Bread too!
  • Reply
    Sean
    December 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm I know you don't bake a whole lot Dana (neither do I), but you've got one hell of a knack for the banana bread. So you just go right ahead and keep on sliding those overripe bad boys into your freezer morgue, and keep on churning out the goodies like this. Oh and seriously, every time you cook/bake with beer I just get more and more excited. Keep it comin'.
  • Reply
    Marie-Pierre
    December 2, 2016 at 11:21 am I'm not such a dessert person in general, but for a good toffee banana bread, I surely would convert! Looks and sound delicious this banana bread... gonna have to say your strawberry one too. Bananas for bananas!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      December 2, 2016 at 10:51 pm Thanks, Marie-Pierre! I'm the same with dessert — much more of a savory gal myself! But once in a while I cave. Haha. The strawberry one was unreal though — I mean, who can pass up strawberries?
  • Reply
    Elaine @ Flavour and Savour
    December 2, 2016 at 11:20 am So not soon! Darn autocorrect!
  • Reply
    Elaine @ Flavour and Savour
    December 2, 2016 at 11:19 am Not your mama's banana bread! Soon much better! Pinning.
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      December 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm Haha, that is a fantastic name alternative! Thanks, Elaine :)
  • Reply
    Sarah
    December 2, 2016 at 11:15 am OH MAN, THIS SOUNDS SO INCREDIBLY SATISFYING. I BOUGHT BANANAS TO EAT BUT I THINK I MAY JUST LET THEM RIPEN TO PERFECT BANANA BREAD RIPENESS SO I CAN TRY THIS ONE OUT
  • Reply
    Marisa
    December 2, 2016 at 11:00 am I love a good banana bread and this one looks outstanding!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      December 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm Thanks, Marisa! I agree, and when it's spiked? Even better!

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