Sunday, September 18, 2011

Frosted Banana Bars

Remember that friendly little "cake" competition my hubby and I recently had. Well, this was the prize-winning recipe according to our kids, the judges... and myself. As good as my Buttermilk Pudding Cake was, I'll concede that it was pretty incredible, and he is so careful with measurements and following the recipe, that I'm sure it turned out much better then I could have made it. Well done, Doug! You've gotta try this one! Use us all those brown bananas... or just 2 medium ripe ones. :)

Frosted Banana Bars (Taste of Home)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (softened or cubed), softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.
For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 148 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.
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1 comment:

jess and seth said...

Mmmm. Doug, you're making my mouth water! So they are bars--not banana bread or banana cookies? That sounds very tasty--never tried anything like that!