I have a new favorite: toffee banana bread with caramel sauce. You will agree that it is banana bread amplified on many levels. I read many food magazines each month and it’s always a real treat when I have a copy of British food magazines. My mother-in-law sent me a holiday themed magazine recently and my husband brought me a Woman & Home Passionate About Food magazine from a recent trip to England. I treat these like cookbooks and study them like textbooks. Each page offers something new– ingredients are slightly different than the typical American style; the food photography catches my attention, and the recipes always keep my interest. When I came across the Toffee and banana mini loaf cakes I knew I wanted to make some to share as gifts this holiday season. I made a few changes to fit the staples I had in my pantry and was ready to go. The salted caramel sauce is worth the recipe all by itself. And, yes, you might want to eat it by the spoonful. By the way, I tend to think that caramel is made with granulated sugar and butterscotch with brown sugar. This sauce is made with brown sugar but named “caramel” sauce. I need to check with my mother-in-law and English friends to see if they use the same terminology for their sauces or not. Either way, it doesn’t matter, call it what you like– this sauce is GOOD.
Holiday Breads are the theme this December with the #TwelveLoaves baking group. Bread is perfect for gift-giving. A gift from your kitchen is from the heart and shows that you’ve thought ahead by baking something special. Mini loaves are just right– such a sweet gift and when thoughtfully wrapped and presented beautifully these loaves will be requested from your friends and family as a new tradition. What bread are you baking this month? We’d love to see your holiday breads; please link up below. Thanks to Lora at Cake Duchess for hosting #TwelveLoaves. Each month goes so smoothly thanks to the help of Paula at Vintage Kitchen Notes and Renee at Magnolia Days.
Mini Toffee Banana Bread Loaves with Salted Caramel Sauce
recipe adapted from Woman & Home Passionate about Food Sept/Oct 2013 issue
For the toffee banana bread:
- 1 cup raisins
- 3 Tablespoons rum
- 4 oz butter (1 stick), room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
For the brown sugar salted caramel sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 oz butter (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup toffee bits
- Use mini loaf pans– either disposable or silicone baking loaf pans, approx 3 x 1 x 1.5 inches
- Makes 9 mini loaves
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray pans with baking spray.
- Bring the raisins and rum to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat and let the raisins soak up the rum for about 30 minutes. Let cool.
- In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, blend the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until combined. Fold in the raisins & rum as well as the mashed banana.
- Divide into the mini loaf pans and bake for 20-22 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the sauce. Melt the brown sugar and butter on low heat in a medium saucepan. Once the sugar dissolves, continue to cook for 5 minutes still on low heat. Add the cream, vanilla and sea salt while stirring with a whisk or wooden spoon. Once the mixture comes to a simmer remove it from the heat. Allow to cool, stirring now and then as it thickens.
- As soon as the bread comes out of the oven, poke holes with a toothpick over the top of the bread. The sauce will still be warm and thin– use a pastry brush to brush a layer of the sauce over the breads. When the sauce has cooled completely top the bread with the sauce and sprinkle with toffee bits.
Recipe adapted from the magazine, Women and Home Passionate about Food.
Here is this month’s inspiration:
- Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake by Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Dionne at Try Anything Once Culinary
- Cranberry Orange Scones by Renee at Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Crunchy Almond Holiday Bread by Paula at Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Holiday Breakfast Wreath by Lora at Cake Duchess
- Mini Toffee Banana Bread with Caramel Sauce by Holly at A Baker’s House
- Nut Brittle Topped Holiday Bread by Deepti at Baking Yummies
- Pandoro by Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Stollen by Renee at Magnolia Days