Grilled Banana Bread

Grilled Banana Bread
I made Grilled Banana Bread Sandwiches as finger food for my cupcake party. I really enjoyed this. The maple cream cheese spread is fantastic. I made a big batch and used the leftovers on bagels in the morning.

Grilled Banana Bread
They tasted great warm right off the pan with some cold cream cheese slathered on. Make sure the bread is firm otherwise it will fall apart when it heats up in the pan.
Grilled Banana Bread
The idea is from the newly released The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches sent to me by QuirkI love the idea of a dessert sandwich! I really enjoyed this book. It makes the boring sandwich fun again!

In England sandwiches get a bad rep because they tend to be quite boring and mainstream like Pret. I’ve already made the famous Pittsburgh sandwich The Primanti.

There are plenty of other dessert sandwiches and the other ideas range from a simple PB&J to the funny Spaghetti Sandwich and to more worldly sandwiches like a Vietnamese Banh Mi. I am absolutely making one of the breakfast sandwiches from this book next!
It might be useful to make the banana bread the night before planning to serve so it has time to cool down before slicing.
Grilled Banana Bread
Grilled Banana Bread


Banana Bread

270g light brown sugar

2 eggs

200g mashed banana

280g plain flour

1tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp ground ginger

140g unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup chocolate chips or nuts (optional)

Vanilla Maple Cream Cheese spread


200g full fat cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbs maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2-3 bananas sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C and grease a loaf pan (or line with parchment paper). In a large bowl beat together the sugar and eggs until combined. Add in the mashed bananas.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger to the sugar mixture. When all combined pour in the melted butter and beat until mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips or nuts if desired.
  3. Transfer batter to the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour until skew inserted in middle comes out clean.Once cooled cut into slices.
  4. Make the cream cheese spread by stirring together the cream cheese, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup until combined.
  5. When ready to serve butter both sides of the bread and place in a hot pan for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove and spread cream cheese on one side and top with a few banana slices.
  6. Store any leftover cream cheese in a sealed container.
adapted from Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and Encyclopedia of Sandwiches

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  1. nom nom nom…im hungry 😛 looks delicious 😀

  2. KitchenTherapy

    The Pittsburgh sandwich looks insane, now I'm hungry lol

  3. The American Suburbanite in Rural England

    From Pittsburgh Originally and LOVE Pirmanti's intorduced my English husband to them on his last visit to the States in May. Sandwiches are a big deal in the states and have found few to compare in England.

  4. Joyful Things


  5. I'm doing my master's in the UK right now (as an American native) and I would say that the sandwiches in England are WAY better and more diverse than what I've been exposed to in the USA. But that's just me :) I've also never lived in a major US city, so that probably plays into the paucity of sandwiches I experienced at home. My favorite here is Branston and cheddar… or crayfish and rocket… or salt beef and mustard/gherkins…. or can't really decide.

  6. Hi I'm ROY

    I like this banana thing.

    Happy blogging.

  7. KiaraB

    Mmmmmmmmmmm, never felt hungrier for bread my entire life…..

  8. Sarah @Scrumptious Sally

    That bread *was* delicious. I'd never think to toast banana bread, which added a whole new level of caramel and the cream cheese spread has alreay been replicated in my house!
    Are you going to post the recipe for the chocolate Danish..?

  9. Cupcake Kelly

    American Suburbanite – I'm from Pittsburgh too :) well born there.

    hi Sarah, yes the chocolate chip cinnamon rolls are coming up! Really glad you liked the banana bread. It's easy and fun for breakfast :)

  10. The American Suburbanite in Rural England

    Cupcake Kelly, how long did you live in Pittsburgh and what area? I grew up in the South Hills and stayed in the area until I graduated from college… 2 more weeks in the 'burgh, then I get to go back to my hubby in England!

  11. Cupcake Kelly

    My family is from Alison Park. We moved away when I was 2 but the rest of my still lives there so I go back to visit them sometimes.

  12. The American Suburbanite in Rural England

    My sister lives on that side of town now (Fox Chapel)I enjoy coming back to visit and still follow all of the sports teams, but Don't know if I will ever live in the 'Burgh again…