Banana BarsMay 18, 2009
Several weeks ago I finally jumped on the banana bar wagon. I had seen several of my friends post this recipe on their blog, so I finally had some “need to be used” bananas and decided I’d give them a try. Well, everyone else was right: they are fantastic! I let my husband take a good portion of them to his office, and he said “they devoured them.” I guess that means that they’re pretty good. I sure thought so. However, the icing was almost “too” rich for me. That didn’t stop me from eating several though, you just need a glass of milk to go with them.
Recipe from several on my blogroll and Allrecipes.com
½ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (I used three ripe bananas)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 x 15 inch jellyroll pan or one 9X13 pan and an additional 8X8 pan. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; stir into the batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan(s). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting.
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup white sugar (I used confectioners)
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Set aside. In another medium bowl, beat whipped cream until stiff peaks form (it helps to use a chilled bowl and chilled beaters). Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.