Banana Nut Bread with Maple Pecans and Candied Ginger
1/2 cup butter,softened
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons minced candied ginger
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cups chopped maple pecans, divided use (recipe to follow)
3 medium bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 1 pound loaf pan.
In a stand mixer Cream together softened butter and sugar, mix until fluffy. Incorporate minced ginger making sure that there are no clumps, add eggs one at a time.
Mash bananas in a separate bowl making sure that there are no lumps. With the beater running add bananas and mix for about 1 minute.
Sift together flour and baking soda. Blend into wet mixture, do not over mix. Fold in 1/4 cup of maple nuts. Poor batter into prepared pan and top with remaining 1/4 cup maple nuts. Bake for 55 minutes or until knife inserted into loaf comes out clean.
Maple Nuts Recipe
1 cup pecan halves
4 tablespoons maple syrup (I used a bourbon maple syrup)
In a small nonstick fry pan combine ingredients. Over medium heat allow the maple syrup to evaporate. You will want to watch your heat so that the nuts do not scorch. Once the mixture reaches a sticky consistency, spread onto a Silpat or parchment paper to cool. Once cooled the nuts can be chopped.