Mar 6, 2012

Banana bread!!!

Hi guys!!!

After an amazing week's vacation I had to drag myself to sit and blog today :-) A wonderful vacation going around places and most important of all sparsely cooking at home, it really has been difficult to get back to the routine. Anyway I have been baking whenever I had time. Baking has been my most sought out time-killer!!! I love everything about baking and most of all the aroma that fills the house.

I have long wanted to try baking banana bread but finally tried it last week for an evening snack. Before the loaf  had actually cooled down, Ganesh and I finished it up fully :-) Right from the moment we finished the loaf, he has been asking me when I am gonna bake this again :-) It was just yummy and I am definitely gonna make it a regular dish. Now lets see the recipe.

Makes a single 9 inch loaf

All-purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups
Granulated sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp (optional. skip if using salted butter)
Eggs - 2 large
Butter - 1/2 cup melted and cooled
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Ripe bananas - 3 (mashed well with a fork)


1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Take a loaf pan and butter the sides and bottom and keep aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt if using.
3. Take another bowl and break the 2 eggs into it and whisk it lightly with a hand whisk or just a fork. Do not beat the egg too airy 'coz this might cause very hard bread.
4. Now add the vanilla extract, melted butter and mashed bananas into the eggs and mix well till incorporated.
5. Now add the wet mixture in 2 portions to the flour mixture and mix well. Again, make sure not to over mix. Just mix till the ingredients are well incorporated and no dry flour is still left.
6. Add the mixture to the prepared loaf pan and even the surface. I left a few chunks of banana and that did feel good when chewing the loaf. The mixture needs to be upto 3/4 of the pan.
7. Now pop the loaf pan into the preheated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or till the fork inserted through the middle comes out clean. Mine took around 50 minutes.
8. Let it cool for 15 minutes and remove from the pan.

Yummy banana bread is ready. Serve it warm with tea and see how the loaf disappears in minutes!!!!

Note: You can add some toasted nuts to the bread if preferred.

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