I think we may have our first teething baby over here, so I’ll make this quick. We’ll be heading to bed early tonight in case we are in for midnight snuggles from a seven-month-old who is joining the world of biters. The mere thought of a late-night wake-up has me thinking back to our earliest days of parenthood when the saving grace in the morning was always coffee and breakfast. It’s good timing for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, for which I made something I would definitely like to see first thing in the morning.
Banana Bread Crumb Cake is good for sleep-deprived new parents. Also great with a cup of tea in the afternoon.
This recipe is where banana bread meets coffee cake and it is a pretty sweet match. I found the recipe on Ilona’s Kitchen where Ilona has packed the pages of her blog with creative, fun ideas for sweet and savory dishes. While this great cake caught my eye, there were so many other ideas for dinners on her site that I bookmarked for later. At the top of the list is this deep dish pizza with spinach and tomatoes.
This cake is slightly sweet with a hint of cinnamon. I used buttermilk in the banana bread instead of milk which is an adaptation from my favorite banana bread of all time – it gives the bread a bit of tang and helps it to stay tender and delicious for days in the fridge.
Thank you for the great recipe, Ilona!
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 ripe bananas
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup buttermilk (see note)
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish or 9-inch springform pan.
- In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, mash bananas until smooth. To the bananas, add the butter and beat until well combined. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix well. Alternate adding a third of the flour mixture and a third of the buttermilk, mixing after each addition until just combined.
- To make the crumb, cut all ingredients together with a fork or pastry cutter until a coarse crumb forms. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Top with half of the crumb. Cover with the remaining batter and top with remaining crumb. Bake for 50-55 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool at room temperature for 10 minutes. Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk and drizzle on top.
Don't have buttermilk? I rarely do either, so I replace the 2 cups buttermilk with 1.5 cups skim milk + 1 Tablespoon white vinegar + ½ cup plain yogurt. (The yogurt and the vinegar give the milk substance and mimic the sour flavor of the buttermilk - it works great!)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. (Inside. Outside it’s still 90 degrees and sunny.)