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Cast Iron Banana Bread

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This cast iron banana bread is a new way to make one of my family’s favorite baked goods.
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  1. CAST IRON BANANA BREAD INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CAST IRON BANANA BREAD RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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Did you know that you can bake banana bread in a cast iron skillet? The heavy bottom brings heat to the center of the bread, helping it cook evenly and creating a moist, dense, delicious bread. Whether you’re cooking in the oven or over a campfire outside, this will be your new favorite way to make banana bread!

After trying this recipe, be sure to try these three as well. Banana Bread Pudding, Chocolate Banana Bread and Pumpkin Banana Bread are three more tasty versions of everyone’s favorite bread. 

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CAST IRON BANANA BREAD INGREDIENTS

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You will need: 

Bread

  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Caramel Sauce

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pecans: If you’re not a fan of pecans you can leave them out or replace them with a different nut such as crushed walnuts or almonds.

Chocolate Chips: You can use any flavor of chocolate chips. White chocolate, dark chocolate, butterscotch, or milk chocolate chips would be delicious.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CAST IRON BANANA BREAD RECIPE

STEP ONE: Using a large bowl and an electric mixer, cream the ¾ cup of butter and sugar until they have a fluffy consistency.

STEP TWO: Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg.

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STEP THREE: Then mix in the bananas and the vanilla extract.

STEP FOUR: In a separate bowl combine the flour, soda, and salt. Use a whisk to blend them together.

STEP FIVE: Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture into the cream mixture.

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STEP SIX: Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans. 

STEP SEVEN: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a 10 inch cast iron skillet and add the banana bread batter to the skillet.

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STEP EIGHT: Cook at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until testing the center with a toothpick comes out clean.

PRO TIP: When baking, place a large round pizza pan or baking sheet underneath your skillet. That way it will catch the overflow if your butter cooks over. Also, you can cover the banana bread loosely with foil the last 10 to 15 minutes to keep it from browning so much.

STEP NINE: While the banana bread is cooking begin making the caramel sauce by adding the butter, sugar, and heavy cream to a medium saucepan. 

STEP TEN: Bring it to a boil and let it boil for one minute, then remove from the heat.

STEP ELEVEN: After removing from heat, stir in the vanilla extract.

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STEP TWELVE: After the banana bread is finished baking, spoon the warm caramel glaze over the banana bread.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover bread in a Ziploc bag or container with a sealed cover on the countertop at room temperature for up to 4 days. You do not want to store leftovers in the fridge. It can cause the bread to dry out prematurely.

IN THE FREEZER: Cooled banana bread can be frozen for 2 to 3 months. Wrap tightly in plastic and place in a freezer bag before placing it in the freezer.

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This cast iron banana bread is a new way to make one of my family’s favorite baked goods. I have always loved my cast iron skillet, but never knew I could use it to make a super dense and tasty bread. I may never go back to making it the old way. This bread is so easy and delicious.

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Cast Iron Banana Bread

5 from 1 vote
This cast iron banana bread is a new way to make one of my family’s favorite baked goods.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 46 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Bread

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cup chocolate chips

Caramel Sauce

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Using a large bowl and an electric mixer, cream the ¾ cup of butter and sugar until they have a fluffy consistency.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. Then mix in the bananas and the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, soda, and salt. Use a whisk to blend them together.
  • Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture into the cream mixture.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans. 
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a 10 inch cast iron skillet and add the banana bread batter to the skillet.
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until testing the center with a toothpick comes out clean.
    TIP: When baking, place a large round pizza pan or baking sheet underneath your skillet. That way it will catch the overflow if your butter cooks over. Also, you can cover the banana bread loosely with foil the last 10 to 15 minutes to keep it from browning so much.
  • While the banana bread is cooking begin making the caramel sauce by adding the butter, sugar, and heavy cream to a medium saucepan. 
  • Bring it to a boil and let it boil for one minute, then remove from the heat.
  • After removing from heat, stir in the vanilla extract.
  • After the banana bread is finished baking, spoon the warm caramel glaze over the banana bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 1000kcal | Carbohydrates: 119g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 812mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 86g | Vitamin A: 1617IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg
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