This is why I was delighted last week when my friend Kirsty made a loaf of actual Banana Bread, not the deceptive cakey loaf that is so common, at our Friday morning veggie group. Deliciousness in a bite. Of course it was toasted, with lashings of butter and cinnamon sugar. Very good chat food. And so easy to pull out when people are over -just slice it up and pop it in the toaster! One could even have a loaf stored away in the freezer for those times when a cuppa and quick snack on the go are calling.....
The following is my twist on Kirsty's recipe:
|Hot from the toaster with butter and cinnamon sugar|
1 cup water
1/3 cup milk
2 tbs oil
1 free range egg, lightly beaten
180g very ripe bananas, mashed (3/4cup or 2 medium)
680-700g bread flour (4 1/4 - 4 1/2 cups, approx)
2 tbs soft brown sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
60g (1/2 cup) chopped pecans or walnuts
Dough can be mixed by hand or machine. As it can be quite sticky, I choose to mix in the bread machine. Bake according to your preferred method, as for bread. Today I let the machine do the baking, as I was in and out of the house a lot (sweet setting on machine). Cool well on a wire rack before slicing. If freezing, slice before storing, not after (have you ever tried to slice frozen bread? Very challenging!).
To serve, toast and top with your favourite spread. Very good with honey, or butter and cinnamon sugar.