The almighty Banana Bread

The classic “Oh..!” cake

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Banana bread does not exist in Italy.

I was so confused when I heard of it the first time. What is it? Is it bread or is it a cake? Is it sweet? Sweet bread?? And you have it with cream cheese?? Or jam.. Well, ok, jam is fine. That I understand.

The first time I made it for Milo. I thought it’d be nice. After all crossfitters are all about bananas.
I had never tried it before so I didn’t even know what I was doing essentially. Follow the recipe, don’t make a mess, maybe some chia seeds would be good in there, don’t burn don’t burn oh please don’t burn…

I gave it another try. The recipe is from Bon Appetit. They shared their best and I made my version of it topped with good seeds. I am really excited about the result.

I am often reading about the Tudors and Elizabeth I lately. When the bread came out of the oven it seemed to me it was wearing a jewelled coat. It really looked majestic. Or am I being too obsessed?

Ingredients

1½ C wholemeal flour
1¼ ts baking soda
¾ ts fine sea salt
1 C dark brown Muscovado sugar
1/3 C mascarpone
1/4 C coconut oil
2 large eggs
3 large ripe bananas
a sprinkle of omega seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, brown and golden linseed, sesame)

Know-how

Line a standard (8″x4″) loaf pan with parchment paper.
Whisk flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, cream the coconut oil with an electric mixer, then add the sugar and the mascarpone. Beat for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well.
Fold in the flour mixture and combine with a wooden spoon. Finally, add the mashed bananas but don’t over-mix.
Pour the mixture in the loaf pan and sprinkle with seeds.
Bake in the oven at 175°C for 60′.

Let cool on a rack for at least one hour before removing the parchment paper.

The loaf is rich and moist but definitely not too sweet – which I love. This is why I always prefer to use dark brown sugar, especially when baking with fruit. It enhances the flavour and brings out the natural sweetness without overpowering your cake.

It turns out Milo has it on its own, with a cup of tea.
It turns out Milo has it on its own, with a cup of tea.
..and Hester too.

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