The other day I was stuck with a few browning bananas and nothing to do with them but bake a bread. Now that papaya season has hit I am all over my favourite smoothie fruit and can breathe with relief after a hard winter diet of apples and bananas. Nothing beats that absolutely gorgeous banana bread smell wafting through the kitchen – when I make it I ensure that I have other kitchen duties so that I can be as close as possible to the delectable smell! Also, I bought white peaches thinking yay, fruit, forgetting that Man-thing is a heathen and doesn’t eat them fresh. Honestly. Luckily anything baked into banana bread is somehow magically made delicious to him, so there you have it. A ninja move in plain sight.
This is a really simple but effective banana bread based on Chocolate Covered Katie’s delightful version. The baked fruit along the bottom really give it a spectacular little edge, especially considering they were soaked in rum. Yes, I know! We’re still busy with that bladdy bottle! I’m considering throwing it away at this point, because I find it incomprehensible that, after 5 baking projects, we still haven’t used up 50ml of rum. o.0
Ingredients (serves 10):
- 2 cups wholewheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- Spices of choice (I used cinnamon and nutmeg)
- 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (or approx 5 medium-small bananas, super ripe)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 2 TBSP NuNaturals NuStevia NoCarb Blend (or 1/3 cup sugar/sweetener of choice)
- 2 TBSP NuNaturals Simple Syrup (or 3 TBSP liquid sweetener of choice – or increase total sugar to 1/2 cup)
- 3 x 80g small white peaches, sliced finely
- 1 TBSP rum of choice
Optional: nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, grated zucchini or carrot
- Preheat to 180C and line a loaf pan with parchment paper that has been sprayed with non-stick.
- Soak your sliced peaches in rum if you like, splashed with lots of nutmeg, otherwise keep your peaches on one side and roll them in spice.
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Mix wet ingredients together. Taste your wet ingredients and add more sugar if necessary. If you’d like to fold in optional ingredients do so now!
- Combine the wet into dry, ensuring that you don’t overmix.
- Lay down your peach slices evenly over the parchment bottom. Pour your mixture on top and smooth out the dough with the back of a wet spoon. You can sprinkle stuff on top if you like, such as nuts.
- Bake for 35 minutes, then put foil on top (shiny inside) and bake for another 10. My bread was already brown by 35 but not overly cooked yet so that’s why I added the foil. Every oven is different! Test with a toothpick if unsure.
I busted this out for a lunch-time visit from a pal and fellow cat person on Tuesday. I made it a day or so beforehand, because I find banana breads really get their groove much later. Sure, freshly baked is charming, but the flavours really settle and get even more prominent if you let it wait.
Anyway, a new favourite of mine is to panini grill two slices together with nut butter, chocolate baking discs, and jam inside. Glorious, gooey! Of course, when I say “mine” I mean Man-thing’s…from which I take obligatory bites
I served this up to Man-thing with some superfood Horchata on the side – he drizzled rum into it, and naturally I had a slug – quite a nice combination (Still not done with the rum though)!Let me just say that panini-pressed banana bread is glorious. You can even just toast the slices if you don’t have a panini press – all that nut butter or whatever you wish melting into the warm, crisp toast of it all – gah! ❤
The pictures can’t accurately show it, but let’s just say that gooey banana bread toasted is really the way to go. It can even be amazing with some scrambled tofu and homemade tomato sauce, or a creamy hummus with balsamic figs. The beauty of bread of any kind is that it’s just an excuse to explore endless food combinations in a safe zone, because what could possibly go wrong? Not much, say I!
Anyway, whew! Gatsby is just as exhausted as I after 29 days of rice! It’s rather refreshing to munch something that doesn’t have ulterior motives :p