Today is the first day of my Literary Ladies Book Club. Four friends will enjoy an afternoon discussing Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things.” I thought long and hard as to which book I would choose for our first read as well as what i would bake for my friends — my brown sugar & spice banana bread would be perfect. The choice I would make for the first book would set the tone for the rest of the books we would read. I could not put the book down. It captivated me. It inspired me. It stimulated my mind.  It even shocked me at times.

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As with any good book club, the afternoon would consist of food for the mind, spirit and of course, the body.

I also wanted to contribute to this week’s Sensational Side Series. The FN Dish staff had chosen “something mashed” to be this week’s theme. I veered away from the obvious — mashed vegetables. With over ripened bananas calling me, I knew just what I would make.

My love of banana bread goes way back to my childhood. Perfect with a nice cup of hot tea, a cold glass of milk or sweet tea, this will be a lovely addition to our afternoon.

So that settled it — my brown sugar & spice banana bread it would be.

The use of brown sugar gives this bread its’ caramel flavor. A bit more banana than usual and lots of great warm spices were perfect additions.


Brown Sugar & Spice Bread


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Brown Sugar & Spice Banana Bread

Brown Sugar & Spice Bread
Prep Time:
10 min
Cook Time:
50 min
Total Time:
1:00 hour

The brown sugar gave this banana bread a delicious caramel flavor.



  • 2 cups unbleacehd all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 ripe bananas or about 1 3/4 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado or raw sugar for top)


  1. Position your rack to the bottom third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with vegetable spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, light brown sugar, baking soda, salt, mace, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl mash the bananas a bit with a fork. I like leaving some of the banana in larger pieces. Add sour cream, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon. Gently stir your wet mixture into your dry. Stir just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan being sure to use a rubber spatula to get every bit of goodness out.  Spread your batter evenly in the loaf pan and sprinkle the beautiful turbinado sugar on top. Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center come out clean. Try to resist and allow your bread to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a serving plate.