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Recipe: Banana Bars with Rum Icing

Jorge has been doing all of the cooking for the past three week while I recovered from eye surgery. I’m pretty much back to normal now and decided it was time for some baking. Since there were some pretty ripe bananas on the counter, I scoured Pinterest for an interesting banana recipe. These Banana Bars with Rum Icing caught my eye.

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Ingredients for the cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (I used a bit more)
  • 1/2 cup dairy sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • NOTE: In the original recipe, 3/4 cup of chopped almonds and grated nutmeg are also used but I I’m not a nut lover and didn’t have any fresh nutmeg so I left these out.)

Ingredients for the icing:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk
  • NOTE: I don’t like a lot of frosting, so I split this in half besides the rum which was the full amount. I also left out the butter completely so it was more like icing.)

Start by preheating the oven to 350F / 180 C and grease a baking pan. The recipe recommends 15 x 10 x 1-inch. It also recommends using a mixing bowl throughout, which I don’t have so I did everything by hand. First, whip up the butter until it becomes creamy.

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Then mix in the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until they are well combined.

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Mash your ripe bananas. The healthy bit!
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Once you finish, add the bananas, egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix everything together.
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Add the flour.
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Spread the mixture evenly into the greased pan.
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Pop it into the oven for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
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 To make the icing, the recipe recommends starting by whipping up the butter (I skipped that part). Mix in half of the powdered sugar, rum and vanilla.
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Add the rest of the powdered sugar and a touch of milk for consistency.
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Spread it on as thick or thin as you like.
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And voila! Cake!
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Cut it up in slices and enjoy.
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It’s great with tea and a magazine.
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And it’s also pretty fantastic with strawberries and blueberries on top.
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Overall? Definitely satisfies the sweet tooth, but if I have ripe bananas hanging around and I need a banana recipe, it doesn’t top my old standby, the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Diana Mieczan
    April 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve been craving something sweet and delicious like this since this morning and I love the idea of rum icing…it must taste great. Hope you had a lovely weekend, sweetie. xoxo

  • Reply
    Marieken
    April 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Oh, boy. These look delicious! Hopping over to the chocolate chip banana bread now…

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