Recipe is adapted from 'All - time Favorite Bread Recipes' by Better Homes and Gardens. This is quite a good book and I picked it up for 90 cents from a thrift store. I have a weakness when it comes to cook books and kitchen gadgets. Maybe I should write a post with all the pictures of my gadgets and cook books. Do you think you want to see it?
Coming to the recipe, this had bananas, soudough starter, eggs, butter, and some nuts and the usual, flour, baking powder, sugar etc. I tweaked the recipe so that I don't have to use butter at all. Like such recipes? check out my 'Almond Cookies' which has no butter in it and tastes heavenly. I used 'Almond Butter' in the place of butter. I did use eggs which I could've easily replaced with flax seed meal or some extra fruit puree. I used eggs for a reason. When it comes to sweets, I have no will power. I however will not eat anything that has eggs in them. See, aren't I smart? I also used cardamom. Who can resist bananas, almonds and cardamom in one bite? I omitted nuts since my kids pick around them and make a mess everywhere in the kitchen.
- Ripe bananas - 2 Large mashed (about 2/3 - 1cup)
- Brown sugar - 1/4 cup
- Granulated sugar - 1/4 cup
- Almond Butter - 1/2 cup (You can use butter if you don't want to use this)
- Eggs - 2 large
- Sour Dough starter - 1/2 cup (For those who do not maintain this, mix 1/2 cup flour with 1/4 cup of water and use. You probably won't get the tang of sourdough then)
- Baking powder - 2 tsp
- Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - 3/4 tsp
- All purpose flour - 2 cups (Can use part whole wheat flour or completely replace with whole wheat flour)
- Cardamom - 5 pods powdered (You can use vanilla if you like that better)
The recipe called for creaming the butter which I didn't use and sugar and doing the whole process in a little complex way. I am a simple person and I like to keep things simple. So, here is what I did. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray one 9 X 5 pan or 3 mini loaf pans with vegetable oil spray. Grease really well. These tend to stick to the pan since there is no fat in it.
In a bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom powder together. Set aside. Place the mashed bananas, sugars, almond butter in a big bowl, mix well. Add the eggs and beat well. Now add the sour dough starter and mix. Dump the dry ingredients in batches to the bowl containing wet ingredients. Stir but don't over mix. Batter will be lumpy. Divide between the 3 mini loaf pans if using them or pour into one 9 X 5 pan. Bake the mini loaves for 30 - 32 minutes (I filled the pans a little too much, so if you fill it just 2/3 , you might need less time. Keep an eye on it) or till done. 9 X 5 pan would take anywhere between 55 minutes and an hour. If you feel the tops are browning too fast, cover with aluminum foil after 45 minutes for a bigger loaf.
This bread smells heavenly while baking. These make very good breakfast bread. Everyone loved them at home. Serve with a cup of coffee, tea or milk or with some butter. These are great for snack too.
And some more pictures with my new toy.
Banana, sugars, almond butter..
Dry ingredients with sour dough starter..
You can see that I over filled the pans. I should've used 4 mini loaf pans instead of three. And now the picture with the book..
These buns are on way to Susan's 'Yeast Spotting' hosted here.
And this is my entry to 'Baking from a book - Breakfast' hosted by me here. Come on ladies, guys don't be intimidated by baking, start sending the entries. It won't be nice if I host something and the roundup has only my entries right? It probably will look what's the word 'pathetic'?
This goes to Priya's 'CWS - Cardamom'.
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