1 banana, banana bread

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

This week I ate some delicious banana bread and I instantly decided I wanted to make my own.  Seeing as temperatures have been cooling down, I was excited to be able to turn on the oven!  I have a few great recipes for banana breads, but I realized I only had one lonely banana in the house.  So if this ever happens to you – here’s a wonderful recipe for a 1 banana banana bread.

  • 1 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c caster sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 c buttermilk (or a combination of plain yogurt or sour cream and milk)
  • (*you can also make a buttermilk substitute – directions below)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • (you can add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts too)

Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Lightly grease a loaf pan.

In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda.

In another bowl mix together the melted butter and the buttermilk (or substitute). Add egg and stir until well combined, then add banana and vanilla and again stir until well combined. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry mixing until just incorporated. Not too much.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 min, then allow to finish cooling on rack.

Things to note about this banana bread – it’s not a tall loaf.  In fact I love it for this reason.  It cooks evenly, stays nice and moist, no burning the edges with raw insides, or over dryness from longer cooking.  It really  is a wonderful cake.  I was also worried one banana might not be banana-y enough, but no fear, the flavour is everything you want it to be!

*You can make your own buttermilk using milk and lemon juice.  For this recipe 1/3 c milk add 1/4 tsp lemon juice, let stand for 5 minutes then use as normal.

Adapted from  theFauxMarthas recipe.

Song for this recipe:

“Caress your soul” – Sticky fingers Caress Your Soul - Caress Your Soul - Single

Sticky Fingers are a Sydney based band who apparently did quite a nutty gig at the Woodford festival beginning of 2012.  This is their latest single off and album that should come out early 2013.  The album will apparently be a unique collection of psychotic surfdub love songs.  I heard someone say of the band  ”sticky fingers some how managed to magically combine whimsical English folk, West Coast psychedelia, and classic dub reggae and make it all work”  I’ll wait for the full album to be the judge, but until then I am enjoying this song very much, so I’m hopeful for the rest.

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2 Responses

  1. Liz says:

    Lately I have been thinking about my mom. I was thinking about how she would come home from work completely exhausted but knew her day wasn’t done yet until dinner was on the table and we had eaten. Clean up was our responsibility. When the chaos of four kids trying to clean up a messy kitchen was over she would come back to inspect it,alone,and reappear in the living room in what seemed minutes with a cake, cookies or some sort of sweet bread, usually banana since we always had those.

    This recipe reminded me of hers, comforting, delicious. But unlike her I had my monsters with me while I made it, the chaos of us being in the kitchen together just made it that much better. thank you

  2. admin says:

    Liz, I think that’s the loveliest comment I’ve ever received on eatpress :) You’re awesome. xoxo

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