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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Testing the Best Banana Bread Recipe

 I really like having homemade sweets and desserts in the house every week, but unfortunately, my oven is not the best one. We are stuck with an old one that was in the house when we bought the apartment. It is fine for many things like roasting, but when it comes to baked goods and pastry in tends to burn in the back of the oven.

With that in mind (kind of dissapointing, I know) I have tried lately to find or come up with simple recipes or ones that don't use the oven at all. For a long time I have been thinking of making Banana Bread. I am not American so it is not unusual that I never tried it, but it also means that I didn't have a family recipe and I didn't know what to expect.

So, I searched the Internet trying to find the best recipe from the thoundsands that are online. This one was very much praised so I decided to give it a try. It is the America's Test Kitchen show recipe and it goes like this:

Mix the following dry ingredients:

2 cups of flour
3/4 cups of sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and roasted

In another bowl mix the wet ones:

3 ripe bananas smashed with a fork
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs lightly beaten
6 tablespoons melted and cooled butter
1 tsp vanilla

Then, incorporate de wet ingredients in the dry ones slowly.Try not to smash the banana to much, the flavour is better when you find some bigger chunks.

Butter and then flour a bread tin. I read that it was really important to coat the tin really well in flour so that the bread would climb the sides of the tin.

After 55 minutes in the oven, I tested it with a toothpick, I let it for 5 minutes to cool in the tin then for another 10 to cool on a rack.

I must say, I liked the recipe, the bread is nice and moist on the inside, but it has a really nice crust on top. I can pretty much say I will try it again.



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