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Mini Toffee Banana Bread

three mini toffee banana bread next to a jar of caramel

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.

If you like baking with bananas, try recipes like banana cake, upside down banana bread, and banana oatmeal cookies.

Holiday Breads are the theme this December with my 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? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Mini Toffee Banana Bread Loaves with Salted Caramel Sauce
recipe adapted from Woman & Home Passionate about Food Sept/Oct 2013 issue

Yield: 9 mini loaves

Mini Toffee Banana Bread

mini toffee banana bread

Mini toffee banana bread makes the BEST homemade bread gifts! The toffee sauce is amazing!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Ingredients

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
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray pans with baking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. Divide into the mini loaf pans and bake for 20-22 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Notes

Recipe adapted from the magazine, Women and Home Passionate about Food.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1/2 a mini loaf

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Renee

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Anyone getting one of these loaves for a Christmas gift is one lucky person. The crunch from the toffee on top, the caramel, and the bread. Oh yea!

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

I'll have to make another batch or two before Christmas. These disappear quickly! This year after Christmas I am going to make sure to buy disposable baking pans when they are on sale-- I meant to last year and time escaped me. They are very handy baking pans and just the right size.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

ohmy Holly, that Brown Sugar Salted Caramel Sauce sounds divine!

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

I should have mentioned in the recipe that the sauce makes more than needed for this bread. I have two small jars left over and have been using it on anything I can think of-- ice cream, cake, apples...

Karen Kerr

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Oh my goodness that caramel sauce! I need to just step away but I can't! Beautiful!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Holly,I agree . . bread is perfect for gift giving and so special during the holidays. Love the mini's!! British food magazines? I have never read any but what a great idea and great way to mix things up! I am totally the same way. . studying my food magazines like textbooks. I always have Food & Wine and Cooking Light and others at my bed side! :) Love your Mini Toffee Banana Bread Loaves with Salted Caramel Sauce!! yunmmm!!

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Your night stand sounds and looks like mine! Food magazines have recently started taking over our space. I am wondering if I'd enjoy them as much on a Nook or Kindle. Might have to try.

Lora CakeDuchess

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Barb is so lucky to be your neighbor and actually taste these beauties:)) I also love to read British magazines. They are so much fun to get inspiration from...I'm inspired by these loaves to bake them for Christmas morning. Love this, Holly! Thanks for being a part of our group.

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

I only have Barb nearby for two more weeks then she is settling into her new home a bit farther away. I'm excited for her!! It's been another tasty month of bread baking with your group. Fantastic as always!