The first time I made it, it didn't have quite enough banana flavour in it for my liking, and I really didn't like the buttercream that came with the recipe. So the next time I made it, I added more banana, it was much better, but then I tried a cream cheese frosting with it, and it was not quite right. So I made it again as I loved the banana bread, but not the frosting. The next time I made it, it was perfect.
This Strawberry Banana Bread is delicious, the strawberries add extra flavour, the banana bread is soft and moist, it really is a good banana bread. And the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting, well it is perfect, it tastes like strawberry frosting and it isn't too sweet.
I used frozen overripe bananas as I had them in the freezer and it worked perfectly.
For the icing the cream cheese and butter needs to be at room temperature for the icing to work perfectly, lump free.
I added cup measurements, but in all honesty if I have an option to measure in grams and mls, I will measure in grams and mls, as Australian cup sizes are different to US cup sizes for instance.
I love cakes that contain buttermilk, it really does make cakes taste better, don't know how, but it does. If you don't have buttermilk at home you can make a quick version with milk and lemon juice.
Make sure the banana bread has cooled completely before icing it.
After all my little tips go and make this banana bread, you will love it.
Makes 1 loaf
2 cups (300g) self raising flour
1 cup (220g) brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 overripe bananas, mashed
2 x 60g eggs
150g unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
1 cup (130g) roughly chopped strawberries
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
100g strawberries, finely chopped
1 tablespoon caster sugar
250g cream cheese, room temperature
40g unsalted butter, room temperature
80g pure icing sugar, sifted
Halved or quartered strawberries, extra, to decorate
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced.
Grease and line the base and sides of a 11cm x 21cm (base measurement) loaf pan with baking paper, allowing the 2 long sides to overhang.
Place the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.
Whisk together the banana, egg, butter and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Add the banana mixture and chopped strawberries to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, to make the strawberry cream cheese frosting, combine the finely chopped strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan over a low-medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the strawberry breaks down. Cook for 2 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly. Set aside to cool.
Once your strawberries have cooled. Put the cream cheese, butter, and sugar into a mixing bowl; beat with electric beaters until creamy. Add the cooled strawberry mixture, beat until combined.
Spread the strawberry cream cheese frosting over the top and sides of the banana bread. Top with halved or quartered strawberries.
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