Delicious Homemade Hummingbird Bread Recipe
In the world of baking, there are some recipes that stand out for their unique flavors and timeless appeal. One such gem is the Hummingbird Bread – a delightful twist on the classic Hummingbird Cake. If you’re unfamiliar with this Southern classic, don’t worry; we’re here to introduce you to a mouthwatering fusion of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing with joy.
Originating in Jamaica, the Hummingbird Cake, known for its tropical flair, made its way to the Southern United States and quickly became a cherished dessert. With its fusion of bananas, pineapple, and pecans, this cake has long been a symbol of southern hospitality. But today, we’re taking this beloved dessert and transforming it into a delightful loaf of bread that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet afternoon treat.
Our Hummingbird Bread recipe retains all the essence of the classic cake while offering the convenience of a handheld delight. Picture this: a moist and aromatic bread infused with ripe bananas, crushed pineapple, toasted pecans, and a hint of warm spices. Topped with a creamy cream cheese glaze, it’s a harmonious blend of sweet and nutty flavors, just like its cake counterpart.
Whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is accessible and guaranteed to impress. So, let’s dive into the delightful world of Hummingbird Bread and learn how to make this scrumptious treat that’s perfect for any occasion.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup oil
2 spotted bananas, mashed
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks, undrained
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, and cinnamon. Add eggs and oil and stir to combine.
Fold in vanilla, pineapple, banana, pecans, and raisins and pour batter into prepared pan.
Place pan in oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. (But start checking on it at 45 minutes just to be safe.) If cake is browning too quickly, lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top.
Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing to cool completely. Serve and enjoy!
Pro Tips for Perfect Hummingbird Bread:
Ripe Bananas are Key: The key to a moist and flavorful Hummingbird Bread is using ripe bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter and more fragrant your bread will be.
Drain the Pineapple: When using canned pineapple, be sure to drain it well to remove excess moisture. You don’t want soggy bread!
Toasting Pecans: Toasting your pecans before adding them to the batter enhances their flavor. Simply bake them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes or until fragrant.
Don’t Overmix: Be gentle when folding in the dry ingredients. Overmixing can lead to a tough texture. Mix just until everything is incorporated.
Use Quality Spices: Freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg elevate the flavors. Grind whole spices for the best taste.
Grease and Flour: Ensure you properly grease and flour your baking pan to prevent sticking.
Check for Doneness: Use a toothpick to check if the bread is done. Insert it into the center; if it comes out clean, your bread is ready.
Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on 12 servings):
Total Fat: 14g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Total Carbohydrates: 38g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Note: Nutrition facts may vary depending on specific ingredients used.
Incorporate these pro tips into your baking routine, and you’ll master the art of making delicious Hummingbird Bread. Whether you serve it as a breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or dessert, this bread is sure to become a family favorite. And with the provided nutrition facts, you can enjoy its indulgent flavors with a sense of moderation. Happy baking!
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