MAPLE BANANA & WALNUT COFFEE CAKE
With a name like "Snowflakes & Coffeecakes", you probably have a pretty good idea where this idea came from! If ever there was perfection in a coffee cake, we have found it! My family goes absolutely nuts for banana bread. Whenever I have a bag full of ripe bananas, it's always a serious discussion about whether to make traditional Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Banana Bread, or do something wild like Banana Bars or Banana Cake.
But this Maple Banana & Walnut Coffee Cake? It leaves all of the rest of them as a distant memory. Beyond words, this tender coffee cake is perfectly wonderful!
This fresh banana coffee cake is so moist and flavorful - the edges cook up dark and golden but they are so soft and the crumb is simply tender and full of fresh banana flavor!
The secret of many a successful streusel topping is to sprinkle it gently on the top after your cake has baked for a short while - this keeps the cake fully baked, and the streusel from sinking down into your cake and becoming a soggy mess. It stays light and perfectly crumbled, and by adding the sweetened walnuts at the same time, they also stay moist and not dried out at all. But the maple glaze....it's a show stopper!
Two of my girls worked at our local donut shop, and everyone in our family is partial to maple-glazed-anything. And this simple cooked glaze is BETTER than anything you'll find or experience from your local bakery. Perfectly smooth, silky, with just the right amount of sweetness. It's the perfect maple glaze drizzled to take this coffee cake over the top!
I should have made two of these this weekend - everyone that walked thru the door wanted to try a piece, and they were going back for seconds and thirds! I personally thought it was wonderful warmed up for just 30 seconds, but I'll leave that up to you!
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful this is - and it is now a family and friend-tested and approved favorite! Hope you get a chance to make this soon, and please let me know how your family likes it!
COFFEE CAKE SECRETS:
6 tablespoons butter (softened)
½ cup (63 g) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup (66 g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons honey or pure maple syrup (the real stuff, not pancake syrup)
2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups mashed bananas
1-3/4 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
4 large eggs (room temperature)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons half & half
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
HOW I MAKE THIS:
Maple Walnut Banana Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving (based on 16 servings)
Calories 334 (Calories from Fat 99)
Saturated Fat 3g
Vitamin A 210IU
Vitamin C 2.6mg
Originally posted January 2017; revised and reposted February 2020.
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