Saturday, April 26, 2008

Going Bananas over Banana Bread

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Last night in between breaks watching the Mumbai Indians post their third successive loss, I noticed a few bananas in the fruit basket, resting away peacefully, without a worry of being devoured. Infact they had been resting there for some time now…a few days only, but they were now very ripe and just the right to being mashed away into some banana bread.

Banana bread is a type of quick bread that uses baking powder as a leavening agent rather than yeast. Thus, it is also more of a cake. Also, unlike most breads where you end up making a dough and rest it, here you end up making a batter. All the more reason, of it being more of a cake.

The first banana bread was probably baked in America in early 1930’s and since then its popularity has only spread. It is now a staple of many breakfast cafes’ around the world and has so many variations right from Chocolate added to it, to nuts and other added fruits too.

I experimented with an easy recipe and wanted to have a banana bread which is less denser than what you find in the US or UK, and of a much softer, spongy cake like consistency (in other words, the kind my son loves).

Banana Bread

Ingredients

3 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cup sugar
1 ½ cups refined flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tsp Cinnamon powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
20 gms, Raisins, soaked in 30 ml Rum

Method

1. Mash the bananas in a bowl.

2. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.

3. Preheat oven to 250°F.

4. Bake in a buttered loaf pan for 25 to 30 minutes (or until a toothpick stuck into the bread comes out clean)

5. Slice and serve.

Note : Quick breads are breads that use chemicals leavening agents, rather than yeast. Yeast requires some time to rise, and also the correct temperature, time etc., whereas Baking powder don’t require all the time, hence, the name.

15 comments:

Pearlsofeast said...

wow, looks very yummy and moist.

Srivalli said...

looks lovely!

Medhaa said...

The cake looks so moist and nice.

Sagari said...

delecious looking bread

zlamushka said...

I am bananas about your bread, too. Yum!

Divya Vikram said...

Looks delicious..I make banana bread often because it is too easy to make

Anonymous said...

Looks so good. I always have some left over bananas. I am going to try this recipe for sure. Thanks for posting.

Ramya.

Gaurav said...

Thanks for the comments ...yes it was moist and just out of the oven.
BTW...its almost gone.
Divya, I make it because like Ramya I'm always left with some left overs for 2-3 days and its such a good way to utilizing them :))

Swati Raman Garg said...

umm... d famous guy who blogs... and ur page loooked great... give some gyan to my hubby dear too... hats off to you buddy .. and mumbai indiand are dosappointing me too.. and probaably all d aamchi mumbai fans...
bread loooks yummm but alas i dont have an oven..:(

Gaurav said...

Swati, Thanks for your comments.
Famous ???? cos I blog or cos I cook.
Anyways, no need for any gyan to yr hubby. Believe u me....u r so much better off. Ask my wife, she'll wish the same.Men even without knowing how to cook are so particular about food....imagine if they knew how to cook :)))
Don't worry if u dont have an oven. I made it in the microwave ( needs to have convection), or u could even try the pressure cooker. Comes out great in tht too.

Arundathi said...

Make this really often - the only bread/cake type thing I can! Lovely photos!! And, Go Super Kings!!! ;)

Miri said...

These look yummy! Bananas are also a good substitute for eggs I have found!

jayasree said...

Delicious bread.

Gaurav said...

Miri, tht was good info
Arundathi, the way Super Kings are going ...they look unbeatable. They pulled off another one today.
Jayasree,it sure was delicious.
Srivalli, after a very long time ...been busy ???

Kevin said...

That banana bread looks good!

 
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