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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Flour's famous banana bread


I don't know how really famous this bread is but for sure this banana bread is one of the bestest that I've tried so far .

I haven't heard about Flour Bakery before I stumbled upon this recipe , Joanne Chang , the owner of the bakery and who developed this bananalicious is heaven-sent lol

But just because everybody love the recipe doesn't mean you can make your own little tweaks , the sugar , in my opinion , is way too much especially if the bananas that you're using are very ripe . I don't want to buy a pot of sour cream because I only need 2 tablespoons of it , so evaporated milk plus lemon juice is a great sub and cheaper , too . Now , the amount of mashed bananas made me scratch my head , how much is 3 1/2 bananas , anyway ?! I can't find the exact weight of 1 banana online , I'm here in HK where the size is not exactly the same as in other part of the world and according to our visitor , the bananas she had in US were huge compare to what we have here , or maybe she was exaggerating hee hee !

The texture is a cross between cake and a bread , really soft but substantial enough . Oil instead of butter makes it moist for days , okay , barely 3 days because it's such a shame not to eat it right away .....

If you're a banana-holic , this might be your cup of tea !


Please check original recipe @ Food Network

Makes one 7 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch and one 6 x 3-inch loaves ( or one 9 x 3-inch loaf  )  

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
scant 3/4 cup vanilla sugar
2 large eggs , at room temperature
1/2 cup canola oil
400 grams ( peeled weight ) very ripe bananas , mashed  and mix with 1 tbsp dark rum
2 tablespoon evaporated milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice , combine and let stand for 10 minutes


For the topping ( optional ) : 1 banana ,  peeled and cut into 1/2 cm slices  

* Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F . Grease and line the bottom of the 2 pans with parchment paper .

*  In a small mixing bowl , sift together the flour , baking soda , cinnamon and salt . In another mixing bowl , with an handheld mixer , beat together eggs and sugar until light and fluffy , about 6 minutes . Drizzle in oil and beat until well combined , add in banana and soured milk , mix well . Using a large spatula , fold in dry ingredients and pour into the prepared pans , gently put the banana slices on top  . Bake for about 55 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean . Serve warm or at room temperature .  

14 comments :

  1. Please send me some for my tomorrow's breakfast:)

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  2. Hi Anne,
    Yes. My family is banana-holic! They will love this :D

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  3. Perfect! I would love a couple of slices for my afternoon tea.

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  4. hi anne! how are you? your banana loaf looks gorgeous. Sour cream is not cheap here, glad that we can make our own substitutions at times :)

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  5. Yep, when it comes to size of bananas, I am always stumped! I mean, there are so many sizes to bananas! Glad you finally put a weight to bananas:D Looks absolutely wonderful!

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  6. Hi Anne!
    Oh do I love Banana Cake! It looks like this one has a "secret" ingredient, lol...the rum! What an interesting addition:) Good idea to mix the evaporated milk with lemon juice. I suppose you culd have used yogurt for the sour cream too. I'd love a cup of tea with your "Famous" Banana Cake, Anne. Is there any left???

    Thank you so much for sharing, Anne...

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  7. It looks pretty darn perfect to me! Pinning...I'd love to make this!!!!

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  8. Hi Anne,

    I have heard of this famous Joanne Chang's banana bread. I have to bake this too for Banana LTU :D

    Zoe

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  9. Hi Anne! So this is the bestest huh, i must give it a try then. Judging from the looks of it, i am sure it is!

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  10. Hi Anne,
    I've made this cake too! And I like it that you've added rum!
    Though I prefer Nigella's cake, this cake is really nice too.
    I'm glad that I've tried this cake, as have been bookmarking it for ages!

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  11. beautiful loaf ! I bet it taste good like it look!

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  12. I am not a very much a fan of banana loaves but yours look gorgeous. I love the golden color and the banana pieces on top, that makes it different from other breads.

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  13. Oh dear Anne, your banana bread looking good. Love the texture too ! Wish I can have some right away.
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  14. Wow! I 'm bookmarking this recipe indeed. Looks sooo bananalicious ! Well; now I just need to change my 'lazy' mode to get started ! I can't seem to find the 'active' mode button , you see ! LOL

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