Less than two weeks ago, I would have looked a little bemused if you’d asked that same question. Really! Who isn’t looking for that recipe? Oh, we all love Banana Bread. Or at least those who like bananas do. But wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do something, well. . . more with our banana bread?
Just think! PB & J sandwiches. Fluffer Nutters. Cream Cheese and Jam (I’m a big proponent of jam). Suite101.com has a whole list of sandwiches using cream cheese. Some of which would be astounding on that kind of bread. Maybe we could make bread pudding? And yes, we’ll most definitely want french toast made with this bread. Think about any of these made with a light fluffy, less sweet banana bread. Yeasted Banana Bread!
I’m not going to look for a Yeasted Banana Bread recipe again. Because really, after searching for 3 weeks, 5.68 days, 7 seconds and not really finding a recipe that looked quite like what I wanted, the most sensible thing seemed to be to take the few unearthed, along with several other bread recipes that I’m currently in love with, and set about creating my own.
I want something fairly similar to a sandwich bread. No raisins or spices please. No nuts. No filled loaves, although those are nice. No; what I want is something I can use for something sweet and maybe, just maybe, a savory sandwich also.
I started with the bananas, of course!
Then a few more things that add softness and flavor to an enriched bread:
Please ignore my honey that’s crystallizing. Instead of worrying about that, I just nuked (AKA microwaved) and used it. Next I added a few more things, including some flour, and formed it into a ball to rise.
After doubling, degassing and rising again in its loaf tin, the bread went in the oven. What came out was a beautiful loaf! This time I got a bit busy, and it overproofed a wee bit. I’m sure you’ll keep a good eye on yours though!
The finished product:
Now, I shall pass you the recipe. Use it wisely. Or not. But try it! It’s always good to have options in our repertoires. Besides, this bread makes outstanding french toast.
Those who haven’t made bread before or want to try a new method of shaping the dough may find the following links helpful:
Yeasted Banana Bread with Vanilla (printer friendly link)
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