Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
  • Servings: 12
  • Dough:
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
  • 3-3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into 4-5 pieces
  • Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 ° F.
  2. Put the milk and butter in a measuring cup and microwave for about 45 seconds or until the temperature is 110 ° F. (bathwater warm). If it gets too hot, just let it cool for a few minutes. Pour into the large mixing bowl; stir in the sugar and then the yeast. Let this mixture stand for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to foam.
  3. Add two cups of the flour, the salt, the banana, and the spices to the yeast mixture and beat well. Add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes (alternately, use the dough hook on a stand mixer).
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a clean damp towel. Allow dough to rise until double, about 1 hour. In the mean time, process the brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in a food processor until the mixture is well blended and the walnuts are chopped. Add the cold butter and pulse until incorporated.
  5. Roll out the dough into a 12 X 9 inch rectangle (I like to do this on my Silpat). Sprinkle the walnut mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch edge. Roll up the dough from the long side and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal sized pieces and place into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Cover and let rise until doubled (or refrigerate overnight).
  6. Bake rolls at 375 ° F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and frost while warm.
  7. For frosting, beat the cream cheese and the butter in a medium bowl. Add the nutmeg and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar and milk, beating to desired consistency.
My blogger Improv challenge this month: Bananas and Nutmeg. Who wouldn't want to make Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls from this combo?