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So. Wow! *exhale*

I really don’t like switching blog layouts, but as many food bloggers would tell you, most of the time it is out of pure necessity. Technology moves at the speed of light, or so it seems, and I can hardly keep up with it. I would love to pay someone to do this for me, but for now I have to do this on my own. It is still a work in progress, but if something is not working, or if you notice that something is off, please let me know. Please! I want to make this as easy as possible for you, the reader.

Somehow, during this whole blog layout change, and the making of all those Halloween treats, I even managed to bake a few things last week.

Do you ever eat peanut butter straight from the jar? If it wasn’t for owning up to it, I would eat the entire thing. I just feel uncomfortable when my husband asks, “hey where’s the jar of PB?”, and I try to look all confused, “um, um… it was on that shelf…” Yeah. That’s why I always leave a little bit in there.

But this was one of those times where I was glad that I left some in the jar. 1/3 of a cup to be exact. I was just as happy to see that my bananas were almost black – ready to be mashed and baked.

Not sure how you feel about candied bacon, but I really like it. Love it, in fact. I love bacon any way that you want to serve it to me – as they say, bacon makes everything better.

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…Maybe I should call this banana bread The Elvis; he was one for PB, bacon, and bananas…

If you are iffy about including bacon (don’t forget, it’s candied) in banana bread, use only 3 slices for your first try, just to give it a taste. But I promise that once you bite into it, you will want to have used all 6 slices.

ENJOY!

Slightly adapted from Simply Recipes

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Candied Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

    For the Candied Bacon
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • For the Banana Bread
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Start by making candied bacon.
  • Combine maple syrup, light brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a small bowl and mix together.
  • Generously rub each slice of bacon with the maple syrup mixture until evenly coated.
  • Lay strips of bacon on a cooling rack; set the cooling rack over a baking sheet. You might want to cover the baking sheet with foil so that you don't ruin it.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until caramelized.
  • Do not turn off the oven
  • Let the bacon cool, then roughly chop.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • Using a spoon, in a large mixing bowl mix together the melted butter and the mashed bananas.
  • Mix in the beaten egg, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla.
  • Continue to stir with the spoon while gradually adding in the flour mixture; mix until well incorporated.
  • Fold in the chopped candied bacon.
  • Pour mixture into a greased 4x8-inch loaf pan.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool, then remove it from the pan to serve.
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16 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health November 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM - Reply

    I am so going to give your bread with a try-never had bacon in my bread but sounds delish!

  2. Lora @cakeduchess November 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    oh my goodness-this is gorgeous. Love peanut butter with bananas and the candied bacon takes this quick bread to another level:)thanks for linking up, Kate xx

  3. baker street November 8, 2012 at 2:38 AM - Reply

    How can anyone say no to a slice of this! Banana + PB is a fabulous combination. Add candied bacon and you have yourself a winner! :)

  4. Kristy October 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM - Reply

    Candied or not, bacon in banana bread is pure genius Kate! Too bad our banana bread quest is over…still, I’m going to be making this one!

  5. mjskit October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM - Reply

    How can I resist anything with “candied bacon” in the title?! this is the most unique quick bread I’ve ever seen! It looks SO good and I bet all of the different flavors are amazing!

  6. Melissa@EyesBigger October 30, 2012 at 2:04 AM - Reply

    You had me at candied bacon! This is going on my baking list this weekend!

  7. Sandra's Easy Cooking October 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM - Reply

    Oh wow..what a great recipe! Candied bacon so delicious Kate! Looks fantastic and i just want to reach and grab a piece from your pictures! By the way great layout, you did well!
    Have a great week ahead!

  8. Angela October 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM - Reply

    Oh. My. This sounds amazing.

  9. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen October 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM - Reply

    You have me swooning over this bread!!!

  10. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM - Reply

    Kate, I love this bread! I hung on to some overripe bananas for a little too long (don’t ask me why I didn’t freeze them); ended up throwing them away because I couldn’t get inspired to make a variation on banana bread. I wish this post had come into my life sooner! :)

    Congrats on your new layout–it’s beautiful! I applaud you for being able to make your own style changes. I’m clueless in this department. Have a great week!

  11. Blog is the New Black October 29, 2012 at 7:10 AM - Reply

    Love the idea of adding candied bacon!

  12. Emily @ Life on Food October 29, 2012 at 6:57 AM - Reply

    I think the new look is great. I have been thinking about doing this for a while but am too scared and confused. So impressed you did it on your own and are still cooking and baking up a storm :)

  13. Lix October 29, 2012 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    Gosh, I am so impressed you’re doing your blog updates yourself! You can do it all! Fabulous bread…plain pb does not tempt me, but put it in baked goods and those will disappear in a wink!

  14. Ramona October 29, 2012 at 6:31 AM - Reply

    I’m so happy your blog move was successful. I would not know where to begin. I wish I had the computer knowledge that some of you have… it amazes me.

    This bread is stunning… and the candied bacon… so exciting!! I would love to take a big bite. :)

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