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Hawaiian Banana Bread: A Tropical Twist on a Classic Favorite


  • Author: Chef Emy

Description

There’s something undeniably comforting about banana bread. Its moist texture, rich banana flavor, and the warmth it brings to a kitchen are unmatched. Now, imagine taking all that goodness and infusing it with a tropical twist. That’s what Hawaiian Banana Bread does, marrying the classic banana bread experience with the sweet, tangy taste of pineapple for a delightful dessert that’s sure to please any crowd.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened: The foundation of any good banana bread, providing moisture and richness.
  • 1 cup sugar: To sweeten the bread and balance the flavors of the banana and pineapple.
  • 2 large eggs: For structure and richness, giving the bread its classic, tender crumb.
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed: The star of the show, providing moisture and a deep, sweet flavor that’s integral to banana bread.
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple (do not drain): This is what sets Hawaiian Banana Bread apart, adding a tropical flair and extra moisture.
  • 2 cups flour: The base of the bread, giving it structure.
  • 1 tsp. baking powder & 1/2 tsp. baking soda: Leavening agents that help the bread rise and achieve a light texture.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. This step is crucial for incorporating air into the batter, which contributes to the bread’s soft texture.

  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. This ensures they’re fully incorporated into the butter and sugar mixture.

  4. Mix in the mashed banana and crushed pineapple, along with any juice from the pineapple. The combination of banana and pineapple not only adds flavor but also moisture, making the bread irresistibly tender.

  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. It’s important not to overmix at this stage to keep the bread tender.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The baking time might vary slightly depending on your oven, so it’s good to start checking around the 55-minute mark.

  8. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. This step helps to prevent the bottom from becoming soggy.

Notes

Serving Suggestions:

Hawaiian Banana Bread is delicious on its own, but you can elevate it further with a few simple additions:

  • Serve it warm with a pat of butter for a comforting treat.
  • Toast slices and top them with cream cheese or coconut spread for a breakfast that feels like a tropical getaway.
  • Drizzle with a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and pineapple juice for an extra sweet touch.

This Hawaiian Banana Bread recipe is a wonderful way to bring a bit of tropical warmth into your home, no matter the weather outside. Its moist crumb, bursting with the flavors of banana and pineapple, is a hit with both kids and adults alike. So, the next time you’re looking to bake something special, give this delightful twist on a classic a try. Your family—and your taste buds—will thank you.