Banana Bread is a staple in the kitchens of many home bakers. This recipe for Cream Cheese filled Banana Bread takes this tried and true recipe to a whole other level.
With a thick sweet cream cheese filling swirled throughout the bread and a crunchy sugar crust, this delicious and satisfying take on banana bread will leave your friends and family begging for more! So get cracking on this cream cheese filled banana bread.
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Why stuffing your banana bread with cream cheese is a great idea
Practically everyone I know has a banana bread recipe in their recipe box. Whether they are home bakers or not, I guarantee they have their grandmother's or aunt's or best friend's recipe that is time honored and the best banana bread there ever was.
And these recipes are all amazing!
This recipe, though, takes the very best of what makes banana bread so great and adds to it to make a fun twist on the classic.
This is simply my Banana Bread recipe with an added layer of sweetened cream cheese swirled in the center. Oh, and topped with a sprinkling of sugar that forms a crunchy crust when baked. It is oh-so-tasty, friend!
The Cheesecake Filling
To make this recipe, start by preparing a simple cream cheese filling using brick-style cream cheese, a bit of sugar, an egg to bind it together almost like cheesecake, and a touch of sour cream. Set that aside while preparing the banana bread batter.
Once both the batter and the filling are prepared, set aside 1 ½ cups of the banana bread batter and spoon the remainder into a loaf pan.
Next, layer the cream cheese filling on top. Carefully spoon the remaining batter over top the cream cheese layer in a straight line down the center of the loaf pan. Doing so helps create the beautiful swoosh of cheesecake filling when it's baked.
Using a toothpick or butter knife, gently swirl the layers together.
How to Achieve that Crunchy Sugar Crust
This is one of my favorite parts! Sprinkle granulated sugar over top the swirls you just created. Once baked, the sugar creates a crunchy layer on top that's purely delightful!
It's unexpected and adds a fun layer of texture to this banana bread recipe.
I tried adding cinnamon to create a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping, however, I felt the cinnamon flavor overpowered the cream cheese filling. Feel free to add it back in if you desire!
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