Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Banana Bread

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I never used to have too many bananas. I love bananas like I love almost all tropical fruit (mangoes topping the list). Before I was married my mother always bought a slightly underripe bunch and let it sit in a bowl in the dining room. My brother, who is a big fan of underripe bananas (gee, I wonder how many of those are out there?), can easily go through half the bunch before it ripens. That leaves the rest of us humans with half a bunch of bananas once they’re ripe, which was not much considering everyone in that house loved bananas…including the dogs who could smell them a mile away!

And that, my dear friends, did not leave much room for banana bread. If I wanted to make a loaf with the shockingly overripe bananas I knew would make the bread smell amazing, I had to do a little banana-surveillance to make sure that enough of them lasted until they reached such a state. No easy task. Especially as my favorite recipe used 3 cups of mashed bananas, roughly about 7 or 8 pieces.

Things have tilted a bit in favor of banana bread since I moved out. With only C and I to feed, and with C at work all day, food moves at a snail's pace through our pantry. Even if I buy the smallest bunch of bananas I can find, we will still end up with a couple slowly melting into an overripe stupor. Which was just the case a few days ago, with C eyeing the slowly deteriorating bananas warily as I promised to turn them into banana bread.

Because there were only 3 left, I couldn’t use my go-to recipe. Thanks to the internet though, I had a wealth of banana bread recipes at the tip of my fingers. One such recipe had already caught my eye. I had spotted it a while back at CafĂ© Fernando, a fantastic blog I had stumbled on when looking through HHDD sorbet entries. Cenk is based in Istanbul, Turkey (a place I dream of traveling to) and his blog is filled with gorgeous photos and delicious looking food. Suffice to say I became a fast fan, even more so when I found the banana bread recipe with this photo. Yes, I know, quite riveting if you are a Nutella fan!

The recipe comes from Elise of Simply Recipes, tried and true and passed on from friend to friend. And now it’s found its way to my table. It’s simple, delicious, and absurdly easy to make (one bowl, no mixer). It’s not too sweet, which makes it wickedly easy to eat it the way Cenk suggestsI’m sure you can guess how I’m having it right now!

Click here for the original recipe at Elise’s.

More banana bread/cake recipes I’ve bookmarked to try:

32 comments:

Andy said...

I too have made this recipe from Elise and it really is good!

Pernille said...

Please please please participate in my muffin monday #6... Your blog is so beautiful and your turkish buns look so good, I'm sure you'd make some amazing exotic muffins! Hope to hear form you before October 15th...
Details here
http://7lieues.canalblog.com/archives/2007/08/26/5993792.html
Greetings from Lima!

Pernille said...

I meant your Banana Bread! Silly me!

Kalyn said...

Great photo! The bread looks so good.

Marvin said...

Banana bread and Nutella! That sounds like an awesome combo!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I looooove bananas too, and mangoes, yes, it looks like we Southeast Asian girls are into similar fruits. Anyway, banana cakes...I love that, but I have never attempted to make it at home...not much a baker I reckon. But now since you said Elise's recipe is easy and no-hassle, I might have to give it a try. Beautiful shot. :)

Rasa Malaysia said...

I meant bread, not cakes, but is it the same thing?

Anh said...

Just delicious! I made some banana bread the other day, too. yours looks very lovely!

mtan said...

Since it's been really hot lately, I haven't done any baking, but the smell of banana bread baking in the oven is magical. So tropical and fruity and comforting on chillier days.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Andy! Great to know your've tried it too! It is very good :)

Hi Pernille! Thank you! I'll check it out :)

Thanks Kalyn! :)

Hi Marvin! The combination is the best! :)

Hi Bee! Yup, all sorts of wonderful fruits here in SEA :) This cake's super easy to put together...if you do try it let me know :) Some refer to it as bread and some as cake...it's all the same to me as long as it's yummy! ;)

Thanks Anh! Your cakes always come out perfect! :)

Hi M! You can imagine how the bananas were doing in the heat! I had to use them up pronto :) I liked your banana bread too...you used Nena's recipe right?

Pille said...

What a luscious photo! And yes, I know I'd like it. I've baked no less than three different banana breads while blogging, but there's certainly always room for yet another one :)

Cenk said...

Hey there,
Glad you liked the recipe. I guess we all owe a thank you to Mrs. Hockmeyer (and Elise for passing on the recipe). The photo looks amazing, btw!
Thank you so much for your nice comments about my blog. I am fan of your's, too.

veron said...

'Tis almost the season to bake tons of banana bread! I simply adore them because they are so tasty and so perfect to have for breakfast with that cup of coffee!

valentinA said...

I love anything with banana!! I've always thought that banana bread might be too heavy but this one is a must try recipe. Gonna bookmark it straight away. Thanks Joey:)
xxx

Maryann said...

Now that the mornings have a chill in the air we can start baking again. I like banana bread with a crumb topping for breakfast.

Belinda said...

Oh, that sounds (and looks!) so good, Joey! And I love banana bread for breakfast, with a cup of tea. This one sounds as if it is nice and moist too. Your photos are always so beautiful...I can almost smell the lovely banana bread scent!

Jen Tan said...

ooohh I LOVE BANANAS..and banana bread!...I put nutella on them...yummeh!!!! I'll try this recipe =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pille! I'll definitely be trying the other recipes too...there's always room for more banana bread ;)

Hi Cenk! Thanks :) Yes, definitely a big thank you to Mrs. Hockmeyer for coming up with a great recipe and to Elise for passing it on!

Hi Veron! I agree! I have been having this for breakfast since I baked it :)

Hi Velantina! This one's not too heavy...I love most things with banana too...thankfully we have quite a few of local snacks with banana :)

Hi Maryann! Check out the link in this post to the recipe from Ramblings From a Gypsy Soul -- her's has got a crumb topping :)

Thanks so much Belinda :) I love the smell the house gets when you bake banana bread :)

Hey Jen! Yes!!! The best combination! :) Check out Cenk's picture (link in the post), you will drool!

Kelly-Jane said...

Banana bread and nutella, banana bread and raspberry jam. A wonderful breakfast (or snack!). Looks yummy.

Truffle said...

My partner loves banana bread but it's one of those baked goods I'm yet to attempt. Yours looks brilliant and makes me want to get into the kitchen right this minute!

Gourmet Traveller said...

We made some banana bread the other day and it's all gone now. Thanks for finding Cafe Fernando - great new blog to read.

G.T.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Wouldn't it be interesting to have a time/place where everybody brought their favorite banana bread and you could try them all. Love banana bread in all it's many excellent forms. And a little nutella, well, banana and chocolate, can't beat that.

mtan said...

Yes I used Nena's with minor changes. Loved the idea of topping the banana bread with streusel. It adds texture, sweetness, and another reason to add more butter!

Jen Tan said...

Salivating as I copied the recipe joey! Eto nagbubulok nako ng bananas to make a loaf this weekend! hahahaha

I wana swirl it with NUTELLA...what do you think?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kelly-jane! Both combinations sounds good :)

Hi Truffle! It's really simple and easy, especially this particular recipe :)

Hi GT! Takes longer for us to finish things here, heehee :)

Hi Tanna! A banana bread party...what a great idea! And can you imagine the fabulous smell? :) Well, for those that like bananas, hehe :)

Hey M! Yes, loved that streusel topping! :) Thanks again for that thoughtful and yummy gift!

Hi Jen! Let me know if you do get to try it...especially if you swirl it with Nutella...that is a great idea!!!

docchef said...

love banana bread... for a quick fix i buy nalang at Red ribbon.. they say that baguio country club has one of the best banana bread in town

ChichaJo said...

Hi Docchef! The banana bread from Baguio Country Club is really delicious! :)

Tartelette said...

The sharpness and depth of that photo is splendid...as is the banana bread !

Lemongrass said...

Yummy!!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Helene! :)

Hi Lemongrass! Thanks :)

Shauna said...

You should check out this contest for the best banana bread recipes. You could win a $50 gift card!!

http://www.squidoo.com/moist-banana-bread-recipe

There aren't very many recipes competing either, so you could probably win it pretty easily!! I could just copy your recipe and win it myself, but that would be cheating. Plus I'm the one sponsoring the contest!!! :)

blessings,
Shauna

Anonymous said...

This looks so delicious! I have been craving a good banana bread recipe. Im curious though to what your go to banana bread recipe is. The one with 3 cups of bananas. I'd really like to know that recipe too please!