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Banana Banana Bread with Maple Mascarpone

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 5 min
  • Calories: 512
2 slices of Banana Bread with Maple Mascarpone on 2 plates next to a loaf of banana bread

We started with our very favorite homemade banana bread recipe and we made it even more decadent by topping it with sweet, creamy maple mascarpone.

We Took the Best Banana Bread Recipe in the World and Made it Just a Little Better

Sweet and comforting with just the right hint of “hey, maybe loaf cake is a healthy snack!” this classic banana bread recipe is as homey and wonderful as can be. Full disclosure, we first came across it on allrecipes, and fell in love. It’s called “banana banana bread” because it’s so heavy on the bananas—2 ⅓ whole cups of bananas in one loaf of banana bread. Lots of overripe banana—combined with plenty of butter—ensures a nice, tender, moist banana bread! And while we love this banana bread recipe in its own right, we also couldn’t resist dressing it up just a bit, because we love that extra dose of moisture and richness. This brilliantly simple maple-sweetened mascarpone is banana bread's perfect compliment.

ingredients for banana bread butter, flour eggs salt
ingredients for banana bread flour sugar brown sugar

To Make the Best Ever Banana Bread You’ll Need the Best Ever Banana Bread Ingredients

This is one truly moist banana bread recipe, and you won’t need anything special to make it. It’s the perfect recipe to have in your back pocket for when you notice that that bunch of bananas on your counter is looking pretty darn brown, because the more overripe your bananas are, the sweeter and more moist your banana loaf will be! Here’s everything you’ll need to make the best banana bread ever:

  • All-purpose flour

  • Baking soda

  • Salt

  • Butter

  • Brown sugar

  • Eggs

  • Overripe bananas

mashed bananas in a pie dish for banana bread
Mascarpone cheese in a dish with maple syrup

Let’s Talk About that Maple Mascarpone

Frosting is great and all, and there is nothing—repeat, nothing—wrong with spreading some salted butter all over a hot-out-of-the-oven slice of banana bread. But, also, we beg you to consider mascarpone. This creamy Italian cream cheese-ish stuff is just the best. Stir in a bit of real maple syrup and just STOP already. It’s so good. It makes a silky, rich, tangy-sweet topper for thick slices of perfect banana bread. Plus, all you need to make it is:

  • Good-quality maple syrup

  • Mascarpone

fresh baked loaf of banana bread in a loaf pan
loaf of banana bread sliced on parchment paper with a knife

How to Make Banana Bread

This easy banana bread recipe will be made much easier if you have a stand mixer, but with a little elbow grease you can make it without. Just be sure your butter is at room temperature, so that you can really be sure it’s creamed together evenly with the sugar and eggs. Here’s how to make this delicious banana bread:

  1. Whisk together your dry ingredients.

  2. Use a stand mixer (or your strongest arm) to beat together the sugar, butter, eggs and bananas.

  3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients but be gentle and stir only until they’re combined! Over-mixing will lead to a leaden loaf instead of the moist, lovely banana bread you want.

  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan.

  5. Bake!

  6. Stir maple into mascarpone and slather it all over a big slice of banana bread. Then eat up! Call it dessert, call it the greatest afternoon snack ever, or even call it breakfast. Better yet, call it all three!

Homemade Banana Bread with Maple Mascarpone spread on top

Go Bananas for Banana Recipes!

Banana Banana Bread with Maple Mascarpone on two plates
Banana Banana Bread with Maple Mascarpone

Is There Anything Better Than Homemade Banana Bread

No. No there isn’t. Particularly when it’s still a little warm and you spoon that luscious maple mascarpone all over it. Yum. Try this banana banana bread recipe, and let us know how you like it, OK? Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Banana Banana Bread with Maple Mascarpone

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 5 min
  • Calories: 512

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Large eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups Mashed, overripe bananas
  • 8 oz Mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp Pure maple syrup

Method

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease with butter then flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Turn pan over the sink and tap out extra flour.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl or stand mixer, cream the butter together with the brown sugar. Stir in eggs then mashed bananas until well incorporated.
  4. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture; stir just until moistened. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake in oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  6. In a small bowl mix the mascarpone and maple syrup together.
  7. To serve, cut the bread into slices and spread with 2 tablespoons maple mascarpone.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 512
  • Protein 11 g
  • Carbohydrates 68 g
  • Total Fat 22 g
  • Dietary Fiber 2 g
  • Cholesterol 115 mg
  • sodium 476 mg
  • Added Sugars 29 g

Banana Banana Bread with Maple Mascarpone

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