Dear Readers! I think I have gone bananas, because I have two yummilicous banana bread recipes to share with you today! And this post will be my 100th post! Meaning I have eaten out and baked over 100 times, sat in front of my computer over 100 times and definitely for more than 100 hours :)
This is a picture from my first post hahaha can you see me in the background? I didn’t know how to take photos back then :P Actually I’m still learning, how to take better photos hehe :)
Moving on to the recipes, I find that I don’t know how to do anything in moderation :P a couple of weeks ago, I made this delicious banana maple syrup bread, and didn’t take enough photos to blog about it, so I decided the next day I was going to go get a whole HEAP of bananas and wait for them to ripen. I came home with 2 kgs of bananas and they have been sitting next to our coffee machine…I was getting so impatient with them…they simply wont ripen…then I kind of forgot about them hahaha then a couple of days ago, when I was making my morning coffee, I saw them and they weren’t only ‘overripe’ they were close to being ‘rotten’. So I knew I had to make banana bread that night :P
Thing is…I had too many overripe bananas, so instead of one loaf of banana bread, I made 2 loaves :) Maple Syrup Banana bread and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread ~ I can’t say which one I like more, because they were both soooooo moist and yummy! I’ll let you be the judge which one you like more.
Recipe – Maple Syrup Banana Bread adapted from Taste
Yield – One loaf
125 grams, unsalted butter, softened
115 grams (1/2 cup), caster sugar
2 tablespoons (20ml AUS), maple syrup (not flavoured syrup)
2 eggs, room temperature
3 large bananas or 1 cup, mashed
105 gram (3/4 cup), plain flour
105 gram (3/4 cup) self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Note – I know maple syrup can be quite expensive, but using the pure maple syrup from Canada will really give the bread an distinct sweetness ~ I picked my bottle up from Coles for $7 last time i was on sale and have heard that the Aldi brand maple syrup is quite good too :)
1) Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease and line your loaf pan.
2) Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and maple syrup in a bowl until light and fluffy.
3) Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition until just combined.
4) Transfer butter mixture into a large bowl. Add banana. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Sift flours and bicarb soda over butter mixture. Stir until just combined.
5) Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Smooth top. Bake for 45 minutes or until skewer inserted in centre of loaf comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 miutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool.
Voila :) Serve warm or toasted and drizzle with more maple syrup! This banana bread is so moist, it’s even close to being a banana cake to me :P I think it’s because I added a little more mash bananas hehe ~
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread adapted from The Kitchen Is My Playground
Yield – One loaf
3 to 4 overripe bananas (1 1/2 cup, mashed)
1/4 cup buttermilk
225 grams (1 1/2 cup) plain flour
1 teaspoon, baking soda
1/4 teaspoon, salt
118gram, unsalted butter, softened
125 grams (3/4 cups), light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon, vanilla extract
3/4 cup, chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced and grease loaf pan.
2) In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork and stir in buttermilk and set aside.
3) Place butter, in a large bowl. With an electric stand mixer or hand held mixer beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one and a time, beating briefly after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract.
4) Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gently stir into butter-sugar mixture and then mashed bananas. Lastly fold chocolate chips into mixture.
5) Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
I’ve never made chocolate chip banana bread before and was a bit worried that it’ll taste a little weird, but it turned out really well :) I used a bitter-sweet Ghirardelli chocolate chips, so it wasn’t overly sweet which was good because Mr Bao doesn’t like it really sweet :P
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