This recipe (adapted from Our Best Bites) appeared in Time for Limes on 03 Aug 2010
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup sweet butter, softened
2 large eggs
1–1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large bananas)
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
3 tablespoons apple juice or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened coconut
1 cup toasted walnut, chopped
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1–1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until blended. Add eggs and beat to combine. Add banana, sour cream or yogurt, apple juice (or milk) and vanilla. Beat until blended.
Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of coconut, chopped walnuts and lime zest.
Pour batter into a 9×5″ loaf pan that has been sprayed with non–stick spray. Sprinkle additional 2 tablespoons of coconut on top.
Bake in the oven for about 1 hour or until a knife or skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Baker’s Note: Check bread after about 40 minutes. If the top has browned and the coconut pieces are looking toasty, cover top of bread lightly with a piece of foil. Continue baking until done.
When done, remove pan from oven. Let cool on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes and then carefully remove from pan. Whisk together the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and the 1–1/2 tablespoons of lime juice for the glaze and then drizzle over top. Cool for another 15 minutes before slicing.
WI wine recommendation: Since we’re going tropical on this recipe, why not bring another citrus flavor to the party? Mix two parts of freshly squeezed orange juice with three parts Prosecco (not Champagne) for Wine Imbiber’s (less expensive) version of a Mimosa. Or, how about a Passion Fruit Mimosa? Just fill a wine glass about 3/5 full with Prosecco (or Champagne, if you must) and top it off with chilled passion fruit juice. Garnish with a sliced strawberry. If you’d just like to keep it simple, a glass of any white sparkling wine will go nicely with this banana bread.