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Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana Bread

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 1 loaf
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Ingredients

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon fine salt 

3/4 cup peanut butter 

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

2 large eggs, at room temperature 

1 cup sugar 

3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup) 

3/4 cup chopped peanuts

3/4 cup strawberry preserves 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with butter.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl. Add the peanut butter and mix to combine. Whisk the vanilla and eggs together in a liquid measuring cup with a spout. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with an electric hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually pour in the egg mixture while beating; beat until incorporated. Mix in the bananas (the batter will appear curdled, but don't worry), then remove the bowl from the mixer. With a rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in 1/2 cup of the peanuts.
  4. Add two-thirds of the batter to the prepared pan. Spread 1/2 cup of the strawberry preserves over the batter, making sure to leave a 1/2-inch border between the preserves and the sides of the loaf pan. Spread the remaining batter over the layer of preserves.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then turn the bread out of the pan onto the rack. After it has cooled a bit but is still warm, spread the remaining 1/4 cup strawberry preserves over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped peanuts. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
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