1/2 c. (125 ml) butter, at room temp.
1 c. (250 ml) sugar
2 c. (500 ml) all-purpose flour
1 tsp. (5 ml) baking powder
1/2 tsp. (2 ml) baking soda
1/2 tsp. (2 ml) salt
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
2 tbsp. (30 ml) brown sugar
The flavor of bourbon permeates the baked nut bread during chilling.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (180 degrees C.). Grease a 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch (23x13x8 cm) loaf pan. Assemble blender. Put nuts into blender container. Cover and process 2 cycles at whip to chop nuts; set aside.
Assemble mixer. In large mixer bowl, put all remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup (50 ml) nuts, brown sugar and bourbon. Mix at low until flour is moistened then at medium until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
Mix remaining nuts and brown sugar; sprinkle over top of loaf. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool completely. Saturate a 15×9 inch (38×23 cm) double thick piece of cheesecloth with bourbon and wrap around loaf.