Banana Nut Bread April 25, 2006Posted by thelazychef in Bread.
No, my exams ain't over yet.
BUT, I had to get rid of over-riped bananas and ok, I admit, my hands were itchy, so I choose to bake a bread using my breadmachine(okay, its my mum's, not mine, but hey, I'm the only one who knows how to use it!). I love breadmachines cos they do all the work for you. Mix, knead, rise and bake! Easy peasy! Esp for Miss Lazy here… 😉
This was a nutty delight. Very fragrant(cos the whole house smelled like banana as it was baking). And yes, I could taste the banana! BUT, alas, the texture was more cake-like than bread.
The peeps over in the western part of the world seem to name this a bread just because its baked in a loaf pan! But seriously, its consistancy is leaning towards cake than bread. But then again, I read somewhere that they call it a bread because it has less oil/fats as compared to a cake. (So, this is just a low-fat cake in disguise!!!)
But whats in a name? It turned out beautiful and was exquisitely moist (not forgetting, low fat too!). So yes, this recipe is a keeper.
There's just one thing, this bread taste much much better from the 2nd day onwards! Seems to me like almost all banana bread/cakes tastes better from the 2nd day! The flavour seemed to have matured and developed more intensely. Mmm…
Go ahead and give this recipe a try. And yes, remember to keep some and let it rest for a day then tell me if it does taste better from the 2nd day on… =)
(PS: Yes, those stuff sticking out of the bread are toothpicks. My
arty farty creative boyfriend wanted to create the look of freshly cut slices of bread still sticking to the side of the bread, but the bread kept falling and he had to resort to using toothpicks to keep them from falling! But, unfortunately, he didn't choose the right angle to snap the photo.. :(… oh well…)
Banana Nut Bread
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Place all the ingredients listed in order into the bread pan.
2. Select the Quick Bread/Cake cycle. Press "Start". Check after 2 minutes if the mixture is well mixed.
3. Sit back and relax, enjoy the wonderful aroma as the bread is baking.
4. Remove the bread from the bread pan and allow it to cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!
~ Use over-riped bananas for a better banana taste!
~ Use ang-ba jio bananas cos they are perfect for baking purposes! They tend to be more fragrant and have a more intensed flavour. If not, Del Monte Bananas work wonders too.
~ Put the walnuts into a toaster/oven and lightly toast/roast them for 3-5 minutes. This releases the oils in the nuts and enhances the flavour.