Caramelized Banana Cinnamon Swirls

Caramelized Banana Cinnamon Swirls are a delightful treat, blending the sweet, rich flavor of caramelized bananas with the warm spice of cinnamon, all wrapped up in a soft, doughy swirl. This dessert or sweet breakfast option is sure to impress with its appealing presentation and delicious taste. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • Milk: 1 cup, warmed to about 110°F (43°C)
  • Granulated sugar: 1/4 cup
  • Active dry yeast: 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet)
  • Eggs: 2, room temperature
  • Butter: 1/3 cup, melted
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • All-purpose flour: 4 to 4 1/2 cups

For the Filling:

  • Bananas: 3 medium, sliced
  • Butter: 1/4 cup
  • Brown sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Cinnamon: 2 tablespoons
  • Nutmeg: 1/2 teaspoon, optional for extra spice

For the Glaze (optional):

  • Powdered sugar: 1 cup
  • Milk or cream: 2 tablespoons
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Pastry brush

Method

Making the Dough:

  1. Prepare Yeast Mixture:
    • In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm milk. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add Wet Ingredients:
    • To the yeast mixture, add the melted butter, eggs, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add Flour:
    • Gradually add flour, starting with 4 cups, and mix until a soft dough forms. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour a tablespoon at a time.
  4. Knead the Dough:
    • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Preparing the Filling:

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