Tropical Coconut Rum Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

That is not a typo, there is rum in the banana bread!  This banana bread is delicious, moist and perfect for summer baking.

A banana bread with flecks of coconut throughout with a hint of rum and a sweet-tart lime citrus glaze.  Heaven in a loaf.

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I scored a huge bag of bananas which were marked down, I think there were 18 bananas for .99 cents…and they weren’t even that black yet!  I sliced and froze a large bag full for making smoothies.

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Preheat over to 350F and grease a 9X5″ loaf pan.

In a large bowl combine 2 cups all purpose flour, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt.  Stir to combine and set aside.

In another large bowl place 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1/2 cup softened butter, beat with mixer until creamy. Add in 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add 1&1/2 cups of mashed banana (about 3 ripe bananas), 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 3 tbsp dark rum, 1/2 tsp vanilla. Beat until well blended.  Add flour mixture and beat at a low speed until just moistened. Stir in 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut.

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Add batter to a 9X5″ loaf pan that has been coated in cooking spray.

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Sprinkled the top with with 1 tbsp of coconut.

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Bake at 350F for about 1 hour or until done.  I always test with a wooden skewer.IMG_4239

Cool for about 10 minutes in pan on wire rack and then remove from pan.

For the glaze combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1& 1/2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lime juice (you could use lemon juice if you don’t have lime).  Whisk it together to make a glaze then pour the glaze over the top of the loaf into all of the cracks and crevices.  I also poked holes all over the top with a toothpick to let some more of the glaze sink in.

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And to make it pretty a fine zest of the lime sprinkled over the top!

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This is sooooo deliciously moist and flavourful with the hints of coconut and rum coming through, and that pairs really well with the hit of citrus from the sweet tangy glaze.  You really have to try it to see for yourself how good it is! ……and let me know what you think.

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Kouzounas Lemonade

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I saw this “Lemonade with a Twist” recipe on Kouzounas Kitchen and I just happened to have lemons and limes in the fridge and an abundance of mint in the garden.  I had to make it to go with our Canada Day dinner.  I adapted the recipe slightly as she used ginger and she also used the peel on the citrus, stop by her blog if you would like the original recipe….there are also a lot of other wonderful greek and mediterranean recipes there as well.  I didn’t have ginger so I left that out and I cut the peel off the citrus but then I added a few pieces of each type back to blend.  I also used superfine sugar (also known as caster sugar) because it dissolves well in drinks.

The lemonade was delicious and I have added it to my old fashioned real handwritten recipe book so I always have it.

2 lemons

2 limes

3/4 cup sugar

sprig of fresh mint

8 cups of cold water

I don’t have a large blender to I used my NutriBullet (I love it).  I added the citrus, a bit of the peel, and sugar to the NutriBullet with about 2 cups of the water as that was all l that could fit in the largest canister.  I blended that and strained the juice out into a large jug (discarding the pulp and peely bits),  then I added the remaining 6 cups of water to the jug as well and gave it a stir. Then I threw in a few mint leaves and placed in the refrigerator to chill.

We thought it was a really great lemonade because it was tart, but just sweet enough to be delicious.  We will definitely be making this a regular summer drink.

Cheers!

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