Tropical Breeze Banana Bread Panini with Pineapple Ginger Cream Cheese Filling A fresh twist on the classic Italian sandwich.
2 cups all-purpose flour,
3 tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger, divided,
1 tsp baking soda,
1/2 tsp salt,
2/3 cup sugar,
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp butter, softened, divided,
3 DOLE® Banana(s),
2 cans (8 oz each) DOLE Crushed Pineapple, drained, divided,
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened,
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Step 2: Combine flour, 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
Step 3: Beat sugar and 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy in large bowl. Beat in egg, mashed bananas and 1/2 cup drained pineapple. Stir in flour mixture,mixing just until blended. Spoon batter into 8x4-inch loaf pan, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 4: Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
Step 5: Cut loaf with serrated knife into 12 slices, about 1/2-inch thick.
Step 6: Stir together cream cheese, remaining pineapple and remaining 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger. Preheat Panini press or grill pan. To make each sandwich, spread one slice bread with about 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture; top with second slice. Lightly spread about 1/2 teaspoon butter on each side of sandwich.
Step 7: Grill on Panini press 45 to 60 seconds or until lightly browned. Cook 45 to 60 seconds on each side if using grill pan.
Note: Tropical Banana Bread can be baked the day before and sandwiches grilled for breakfast the next day.