Banana Streusel Bread (w/werther's caramel candy)

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2 c flour
1/2 c light brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 c pecans, chopped *also, see note on directions #5
1 pkg 5.5 ounce werther's original chewy caramels, coarsely or **3/4 to 1 cup of kraft caramel bits
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 c coffee flavored yogurt ... or *** vanilla yogurt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Carole F Recipe
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Carole's notes for this recipe:
What is not to love about a banana bread with Werther's chewy caramels in the recipe....going to try this soon. YUM...

As of 1/3/2012 I added my own pictures and a few changes to a *second loaf.

~~When making this today I made two using all the ingredients as shown in directions. The second loaf (also shown in pictures above) I used Kraft Caramel bits...and they are delicious in this recipe, in fact, I think I prefer them more. Please see my note in the directions Section # 5, it will explain more in what I did with the second loaf.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter (or spray with a non stick veg. spray) the bottom and sides of 9X5X3 inch pan. Set Aside. *If using a dark colored bread pan adjust the time and oven temp (I usually bake at 5 degrees lower than recipe calls for)...dark coated pans have a tendency to cook and brown the edges faster, so watch carefully when using them. I prefer glass or metal.
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt..along with 2/3 cup of the pecans, and half of the chopped caramel candies. *Regarding chopping Werther's caramels. It is much work to chop them, I used my kitchen scissors and snipped away, worked better than a knife. See picture.
In a medium sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, yogurt, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients until just combined and the batter is thick and chunky. DO NOT over mix the batter. Over mixing can cause bread to be tough and rubbery. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup of pecans and chopped caramels over the top of the batter. Bake until bread is golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Place on a rack to cool slightly, and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes one - 9 inch loaf.
* As I noted above I decided to make a 2nd loaf, since I had the Caramel bits from Kraft I wanted to try them instead of chopping up a second bag of Werther's caramels. The werther's bread is very good..delicious, is the second loaf I made with the Kraft Caramel bits. If you want to use the caramel bits by kraft then I suggest you use the items I have listed above with the Aesteriks by them.

*Instead of 1 cups of chopped pecans, I used 1/2 cup in the second loaf, and only put it on the top of the bread, NOT in the bread itself.

**Instead of using the Werther's caramel I used 3/4 cup kraft caramel bits, I did NOT cut them, I left them just as they come out of the package. You will add about 1/2 to the batter, and 1/4 cup to the topping along with the pecans.

***Instead of using the coffee yogurt, I used vanilla...and this made a difference with the caramel flavor that comes through with using the kraft bits. The bread itself is lighter in color and you can taste the banana flavor more when using vanilla. See the picture on here of #5.

Those are the only changes I made to the second loaf. Both loaves are delicious, like I said, but, I think I prefer the second loaf more. Use your judgment...

I hope I explained this well enough, please ask questions if not sure about what I have shared. :)

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user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Jan 1, 2012
Oh Wow!!! What a way to start out the New Year right!!! xo Happy New Year!
user Pat Duran kitchenchatter - Jan 1, 2012
Sounds like a winner to me. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
user Nancy Hearell rayna304 - Jan 1, 2012
This sounds good. My b/f loves banana bread and Werther's candy so he should love this!
user Carole F BakersQueen - Jan 3, 2012
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user Carole F BakersQueen - Jan 3, 2012
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