Banana Streusel Coffee Cake

What do you do with overripe bananas? I really want to know. I have a stash in my freezer that I’m saving, but that I’ll probably never get to because the brown bananas keep coming. Sure, I could buy less bananas at the grocery store every week, but that would be too smart. So we buy a whole bunch, we eat most, and then I throw a few away.

We are so wasteful.

And what about bananas that look great in the store, but once they’re home they go straight from green to brown? Very annoying. That is what happened to this bunch.

I really didn’t want to throw away all those bananas, and so I scoured my mind and cookbooks for something easy that called for bananas that wasn’t banana bread. I never did find exactly what I was looking for, I must have been in a picky mood. I did, however, find a bookmarked recipe for sour cream coffee cake.

I did a simple swap of banana puree for the sour cream and the end result was one tasty cake. Of course you could put a streusel topping on just about anything and I’d probably love it.

The banana kept it moist and flavorful and the topping provides a nice contrasting crunch. It’s not too sweet and is perfect for breakfast. Or, serve it with a dollop of whipped cream and call it dessert. This is definitely a recipe to keep handy for the next time you find yourself with a surplus of bananas, or even a reason to go out and get some more!

Before I leave you with the recipe, I really am curious about what you do with your overripe bananas. Have a great recipe or idea? I would love to hear it!

Banana Streusel Coffee Cake
Adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook
Makes one 9-inch cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
1 cup pureed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

Stir together the flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Blend in 3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) cold butter with your fingers or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal and the butter is the size of peas.

Transfer 3/4 cup of the mixture to a medium bowl and blend in cinnamon, remaining 1/4 cup butter, and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Refrigerate steusel until ready to use.

Whisk together the banana puree, egg, yolk, vanilla, baking soda and orange zest in a bowl. Stir into the remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined (batter will be stiff).

Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and sprinkle with the streusel topping. Bake until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour to 1 1/4 hour. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then remove springform sides and cool completely.

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