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Spiced Butterscotch & Black Walnut Banana Bread

This month I was assigned to Manu’s Menu for the Secret Recipe Club. Manuela is an Italian married to an Indian, living in Australia with her family, so her blog is a smorgasbord of delicious international recipes, with the majority being delicious, authentic Italian food. She has recipes for many things on my 40 by 40 list, like Lamingtons, croissants, biscotti/Cantucci, & risotto. And what did I do? I’m so predictable. I went for the banana bread because as you know, I have an obsession and I seem to always have overripe bananas on hand. I may have not checked anything off my bucket list of recipes to make, but we’re enjoying some really delicious banana bread in the mean time, so that makes up for it. :)

I took Manu’s recipe for the bread and kicked it up a notch, just on a whim that started because of the butterscotch chips sitting on my desk when I was reading her recipe. We really loved the combination of oozing butterscotch, black walnuts, and subtle spices in a loaf rich in banana flavor.  I went ahead and used the butter called for but next time will try oil as I just really prefer the soft & silky texture that oil gives to quick breads. If only oil had all the delicious flavor as butter!

This was a wonderful loaf and I thank you, Manuela for helping me create it. Buon appetito!

Spiced Butterscotch & Black Walnut Banana Bread

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2 cups (8 ½ oz / 245 g) all-purpose flour
¾ cup (5 ½ oz / 150 g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
½ cup (4 oz / 113 g) butter, melted
3 large (or 4 small) overripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (2 ½ oz / 60 g) toasted black walnuts, chopped
½ cup (3 ½ oz / 94 g) butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, bananas, and vanilla. Stir together until just moistened, then add the walnuts and butterscotch chips. Stir together until just combined and spread into prepared loaf pan. Bake for about an hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

Recipe source: adapted from Manu’s Menu

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. I adore banana bread – just made some over the weekend actually! I love the addition of spiced butterscotch and walnuts. This sounds really delicious.

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  2. Hi Veronica!
    Thank you so much for all the nice words about me and my blog! :-)
    I am very happy you chose to make banana bread, I love it and the addition of butterscotch chips is genius! I will have to try it too! :-)

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  3. You had me at “butterscotch”! This bread looks amazing – any one of the spiced, butterscotch, black walnuts would have sold me on the idea. I can’t wait to try it! Now I just have to figure out where to find black walnuts.

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  4. I love Manu´s recipes and this cake look awesome Veronica!

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  5. Ooohh!!! This looks amazing!

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  6. I love black walnuts so this will be on my “to do” list.

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  7. You are too funny! I knew exactly who’s blog I was going to when I saw the next link was banana bread :)

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  8. what a great twist on regular banana bread. Looks good enough for dessert or breakfast, now that’s my kind of treat!

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  9. I love that you added butterscotch chips to your banana bread! YUM!
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  10. This I want to try! What is the difference between regular walnuts and black walnuts? This looks sooooooo good!

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    • It is so hard to describe. What I want to say is that the black walnuts have a sulphurous quality to them but I really don’t know if that’s right, that’s just the best thing I can think of to describe them. They are SO different and wonderful in banana bread. Please try it – you may never use another nut in banana baked goods again!

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  11. This bread looks so yummy and moist!! Great pick :)

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  12. Butterscotch chips are great in everything. This looks so incredibly delicious. What a wonderful SRC post

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  13. I miss you and Group C. I’ll be back in January. I think I have said this before, but you should only do banana breads for SRC when possible,

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  14. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love bread bread! The add of butterscotch chips makes this banana cake extremely tempting.

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  15. Whoa – talk about an amazing spin on banana bread – love Manu’s recipes :)

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  16. Hi Veronica – This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Visit our website for a list of stores with Black Walnuts: http://www.black-walnuts.com.

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