Banana Bread: One other Vote for Flour’s Well-known! | The Woks of Life

It figures that after the 12 months we’ve all had, the silver lining out of the kitchen is that we’ve FINALLY found our household’s go-to banana bread recipe. This one is courtesy of Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery & Cafe

It has the right quantity of caramelized sweetness. It’s banana ahead with out being gummy. And it has essentially the most scrumptious gooey high crust, making it truly style higher after sitting on the counter for 1-2 days. 

A Generational Search 

Banana Bread is a type of easy recipes that however eludes perfection. Over time, we might by no means nail down the fitting one.

When Sarah and I had been children, the Joy of Cooking banana bread recipe was the outdated stand-by. Over time, I had a dalliance with a vegan model. There have been many debates over the deserves of bitter cream vs. Greek yogurt, and on and on and on. 

My dad, Invoice, usually took it upon himself to experiment with banana bread, as was the case together with his seek for the right pancake (see: buckwheat pancakes, peach pancakes, apple cider pancakes, and blueberry pancakes). But, it was by no means fairly proper. 

So, with all our eyes turning towards do-it-yourself banana bread recipes final 12 months, it was time to get severe about nailing this one down. 

A Banana Bread PSA 

I stumbled upon this recipe after getting a duplicate of Joanne Chang’s Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe. I’m late to the social gathering, I do know. 

I instantly tried out the well-known banana bread recipe, and at last declared my search over. It’s that good.   

The sugar and egg combination is whipped right into a fluffy, pale yellow frenzy, and the small quantity of bitter cream makes it wealthy, however not overwhelmingly so. It’s excellent for breakfast slathered with butter alongside a robust cup of espresso, or for dessert with a cup of tea. 

As we all the time say with the seemingly random baking recipes round right here, we’re posting this for our personal document. For after we get up on the weekends with a hankering for banana bread. 

Banana Bread Slices

We publish them for us, and within the hopes that your seek for the right baked items may additionally come to a contented finish. (See additionally, Chocolate Cake: A PSA.) 

When Your Sister Is Holding Out On You

I personally thought that I had hit the motherlode with this discovery, so think about my shock when my sister instructed me—very nonchalantly—that this has ALWAYS been her go-to recipe for banana bread.

The betrayal!

But, I’ll overtly admit to the web that I by no means thought any of her loaves had been all that particular. Scrumptious and serviceable sure, however not memorable. 

The rationale? All these years, she’s been slicing the sugar! We’re usually a sugar-reducing household, as we now have a extra Chinese language palate (keen on much less sweetness).

That mentioned, I actually suppose that the quantity of sugar known as for—1 cup plus 2 tablespoons—is precisely proper. 

A Few Notes on Changes 

I’m no banana bread purist. Like most people, I’m all the time tempted by the attract of chocolate, and perhaps a handful of walnuts if I’m feeling healthful.

If you end up questioning how one can jazz up a traditional loaf of banana bread, right here’s our information, examined with this recipe! 

  • Our go-to add-ins:
    • ½-¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans 
    • ½-¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (usually talking, shards of chopped chocolate/chocolate chunks are infinitely higher than chips) 
    • ¼ cup flaked coconut (candy or unsweetened each work) 

We’d advocate sticking to a quantity of not more than ¾ cup complete for add-ins. For the coconut, don’t add greater than the ¼ cup beneficial, as it will probably make the banana bread style dry in bigger portions. 

Our Ideas On Marbling (For a Banana Chocolate Bread)

We discover that this recipe is finest left pure banana. Marbling makes an attempt have been made, and it’s our view that you simply’re higher off getting a chocolatey hit from chocolate chips than from a marbling impact.

Banana Bread: Recipe Directions

Place a rack within the middle of your oven, and preheat to 325°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. 

In a medium bowl, sift collectively the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Put aside.  

Banana Bread Dry Ingredients

Utilizing a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the sugar and eggs.

Eggs and sugar in stand mixer

Beat collectively the sugar and eggs on medium velocity for about 5 minutes, or till gentle and fluffy. 

Beating eggs and sugar

Right here’s what it’ll seem like after 5 minutes:

Beaten eggs and sugar until pale yellow

If utilizing a hand mixer, beat for 8 minutes. If mixing by hand, whisk for about 10 minutes…or till your arm goes limp and you’ll’t be bothered anymore. 

After your sugar and eggs have been correctly combined, cut back the blending velocity to low and slowly drizzle within the oil in a skinny stream. This could take about 1 minute. This half is difficult should you’ve solely acquired a hand whisk, however do your finest! 

Add the bananas, bitter cream, and vanilla. Combine on low velocity simply till mixed. 

You need very ripe bananas for this!

Overripe bananas

Utilizing a rubber spatula, gently fold within the dry components till simply included (and there are not any seen flour streaks). Keep away from overworking the batter. Then fold in any add-ins (not more than ¾ cup complete), if utilizing. 

Folding dry ingredients into batter

Pour into the loaf pan, and pop it within the middle of the oven.

Banana bread batter in loaf pan

Bake for 60-75 minutes, till it’s a deep golden brown and the middle springs again once you press it. 

Cool for a minimum of half-hour. 

Banana bread cooling in loaf pan

This banana bread is nice heat with butter, however in our opinion, it’s even higher the subsequent day. Cowl, and let it sit on the counter in a single day. Now we have a loaf pan that comes with a lid, so we simply put that on. A cake plate with a canopy additionally works effectively. 

Banana Bread
Slice of Banana Bread

Banana Bread

We’ve FINALLY found our household’s go-to banana bread recipe. This one is courtesy of Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery & Cafe.

Banana Bread, thewoksoflife.com

serves: 12

Directions

  • Place a rack within the middle of your oven, and preheat to 325°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

  • In a medium bowl, sift collectively the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Put aside.

  • Utilizing a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat collectively the sugar and eggs on medium velocity for about 5 minutes, or till gentle and fluffy. If utilizing a hand mixer, beat for 8 minutes. If mixing by hand, whisk for about 10 minutes…or till your arm goes limp and you’ll’t be bothered anymore.

  • After your sugar and eggs have been correctly combined, cut back the blending velocity to low and slowly drizzle within the oil in a skinny stream. This could take about 1 minute. This half is difficult should you’ve solely acquired a hand whisk, however do your finest!

  • Add the bananas, bitter cream, and vanilla. Combine on low velocity simply till mixed.

  • Utilizing a rubber spatula, gently fold within the dry components till simply included (and there are not any seen flour streaks). Keep away from overworking the batter. Then fold in any add-ins (not more than ¾ cup complete), if utilizing.

  • Pour into the loaf pan, and pop it within the middle of the oven. Bake for 60-75 minutes, till it’s a deep golden brown and the middle springs again once you press it. Cool for a minimum of half-hour.

  • This banana bread is nice heat with butter, however in our opinion, it’s even higher the subsequent day. Cowl, and let it sit on the counter in a single day. Now we have a loaf pan that comes with a lid, so we simply put that on. A cake plate with a canopy additionally works effectively.

vitamin details

Energy: 254kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 39g (13%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fats: 10g (15%) Saturated Fats: 8g (40%) Trans Fats: 1g Ldl cholesterol: 28mg (9%) Sodium: 201mg (8%) Potassium: 154mg (4%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 23g (26%) Vitamin A: 74IU (1%) Vitamin C: 3mg (4%) Calcium: 11mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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