My favorite banana bread recipe transforms into the most delicious crumb cake with the addition of a soft and sweet peanut butter crumb topping.
When we were growing up, my little brother was always in charge of making banana bread. He started making it when he was little - because the recipe is so easy and because mashing bananas is fun - and somehow over the years it became his specialty.
Sometimes he would experiment with variations on our family recipe. He would add chocolate chips or spices like cinnamon and cardamom. I never liked when he added chocolate chips because then mom didn't like us to eat it for breakfast. Some of his variations were good, some were so-so, but nothing ever seemed as good as plain old banana bread.
So now I'm upping the ante (and being a total hypocrite) and putting a spin on my favorite banana bread that I swear is even better than the original. I'm talking about Banana Bread Peanut Butter Crumb Cake, people!
I didn't change a single thing in the banana bread recipe, since dozens of childhood experiments taught me this recipe is perfect as-is. All I did was bake it in a square cake pan instead of a loaf pan. But not before topping the dough with sweet and crumbly peanut butter goodness.
The cake is rich and moist, and the crumb topping is the perfect balance of sweet and salty. The peanut butter compliments the banana perfectly. And sorry mom, but I'll be eating this every single day for breakfast!
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