*See the yummy banana chunks?*
I just made the most amazing banana bread I've ever had! The texture is soft and fluffy instead of being that typical, almost excessively dense and sticky banana bread. What's more, using chunky mashed bananas instead of puree leaves you with wonderful, flavorful chunks of banana in the finished bread. The banana flavor is intensified by roasting, and the palm and demarara sugars give this bread such an amazingly rich flavor that you don't even need cinnamon or other spices! Who knew?! Take that coming from a total cinnamon freak. The rum also aids in intensifying flavor and it, along with the yogurt, create a soft, silky texture. I also topped the bread with some coarse demarara sugars and that created a nice crunch on the top of the bread, yum!
Whether you love banana bread or aren't all too crazy about it, I'm telling you, try this recipe! It really is amazing! It is infinitely better than the old school recipe. Plus, who can complain when the process for making it is so simple and the reward is oh so great?! Do tell me how you like the recipe or any changes that you make. Enjoy :)!!
Roasted Banana Bread
1/2 cup palm sugar (in the jar--microwave until just softened, if necessary) (if in a solid block, grate first)*
1/2 c demarara/turbinado sugar* (my favorite brand is Florida Crystals)
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
4 unpeeled bananas, roasted and mashed coarsely
1 TB yogurt or sour cream
2 TB dark rum (my favorite is Barbancourt, Haitian rum)
1 TB vanilla
2 cups + 1 TB flour
3 tsp baking powder
*If you do not have palm sugar or demarara sugar, just use all regular Domino brown sugar. The taste will be different, but still delicious.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Roast the bananas on a baking sheet while still inside the peel. When roasting, the peel will brown and you may hear some mild hissing from some of the banana juices seeping out. Do not be alarmed by this; it is normal. Allow the bananas to cool. Remove the peel and the threads. Mash the banana by hand, leaving the mixture full of small chunks
3.Cream the sugars, salt, and butter with an electric mixer.
4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated
5. Stir in the yogurt, rum, and vanilla.
6. Stir in the flour and baking powder just until the batter is moistened and all ingredients are fully incorporated.
7. Bake in a prepared pan for 1 hour or until the bread springs up when pressed in the center. Do not use the toothpick test for doneness with this recipe. When done, the bread will be golden brown on the tops and sides, and the sides will pull away from the side of the pan.
8. Allow to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving.
References: http://danicasdaily.com/brown-sugar-banana-nut-bread-recipe, http://doesnttaztelikechicken.com/2009/03/22/the-amazing-banana-bread/, http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giadas-weekend-getaways/flours-famous-banana-bread-recipe/index.html
On a side note, sorry for the lack of photos lately. My computer's SD drive is malfunctioning, and it has already damaged one of my memory cards. Would anyone happen to know how to repair memory cards that show up with a read error when inserted in the camera itself?