Last night I saw that the last of the three bananas in my fruit basket are not really up for eating and with the weekend coming up, I thought what a perfect reason to make some banana bread. There is something exotic and delicious about waking up to the aroma of banana in the oven. And I felt like treating my family to this beautiful aroma this morning. What a way to say Good Morning 2015.
This bread is different from my usual banana bread. My husband loves coconut so this time I added some coconut and pecans to the mix. Instead of pecans you can also use walnuts. The coconut is not so much to overpower the flavour of bananas but just sufficient to give a hint of it. As a new year gift, I also wanted to gift a small loaf to my neighbour, so the quantities here are for one big (10X4 inch loaf tin) and one small (6X3 inch loaf tin) loaf.
315 gms all-purpose flour (maida)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
40 gms desiccated coconut
100 gms brown sugar
210 gms white castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
125 ml sunflower oil
3 very ripe bananas
50 gms chopped pecan nuts
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* Preheat oven to 180ºC
* Grease and line the loaf tins
* Peel and mash the bananas very well
* In a large bowl, sift together four, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
* Stir in the coconut and keep aside.
* In another bowl, using an electric whisk, mix together brown and white sugar, eggs and vanilla extract, for about 3-4 mins.
* Whisk in the oil until just combined, then add the mashed bananas. Stir well to combine.
* Add the dry ingredients to the batter gradually, mixing lightly.
* Add in the pecans.
* Divide the batter between the prepared loaf tins.
* Bake until well risen and golden brown on top and a tester comes out clean (40-50 mins)
* Leave to cool in the pans for about 10 mins. Remove and enjoy!
Food is never just food. I believe it’s story telling, it’s conversation. It brings people together and it speaks a universal language! I love to play around in my kitchen. The thrill of being able to create something new and sharing it with others is what fuels my passion for cooking. The fact that dear husband is a foodie and an honest critique helps! I blog about my adventures in the kitchen at http://www.myweekendkitchen.in/