Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jamie Oliver gone bad - a weird banana and honey bread

I wasn’t much inspired to post today, since it is about a recipe that did not work out, but that changed after I read Pea’s text.

I bookmarked the recipe last week and couldn’t wait to try it – I love baking with yeast and the idea of a banana honey roll seemed amazing. And that roll was one of Jamie’s recipes. I was sure it would be delicious.
Well, I wouldn’t know about that – the bread came out so weird I did not feel like putting it in my mouth. It was far too moist and dense, heavy... It did not look like bread to me. I’m no expert, but I have baked yeasted breads hundreds of times and the results were pretty good. And Jamie’s bread was anything but good (I’m glad I halved the recipe).

I won’t let this recipe put me off my willing to make yeasted banana bread. So, if you have any suggestions or recipes to share, I’m all ears, oops, eyes. :)

No recipe today – but you can read the original here.

25 comments:

Manggy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry it didn't turn out well, Patricia... Please resist the urge to put JO on your knee and give him a good whacking. You know, moist and dense are not at all bad in my book. Maybe it went overboard, though... How was the taste at least?

I know you won't believe me when I say it still looks really really good and it's making my stomach grumble at 1AM in the morning but trust me when I say I honestly do!

Katie said...

It looks like a really doughy under cooked biscuit. Yet I still wouldn't mind trying some. Maybe that's just the lack of lunch talking. I'm sure you will find a winning recipe.

Deborah said...

I like hearing about recipes that don't work, so I don't waste the time and ingredients later on! I'm sure the next one will be better!

Meeta said...

oh my god!!! A Jaime Oliver recipe bummed out on you? I think I need to bookmark this - it's got to be a one in a million! I've never made his banana bread before though. Could it be that the yeast in combination with the bananas make it heavy and dense!

Candy said...

Well your praline cookies made me happy!

noble pig said...

Maybe Jaime will drop you a note and stop by to help you rework it again!

lululu said...

It might not look good. But as long as it tastes good, who cares?!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Well, certainly doesn't look like a traditional banana bread -- but even when things go awry in the kitchen, it's fun. And if it tastes fine, don't worry about how it looks!

pepsakoy said...

Try have a look at the link below..although it doesn't mix banana in the bread dough but you have them as the filling !

http://www.bloggang.com/mainblog.php?id=pepsakoy&month=23-02-2008&group=12&gblog=4

Peabody said...

So that recipe left you less than inspired, I've certainly had a few of those in my life. :)

KJ said...

If it makes you feel better, I've tried making this as well with exactly the same result. Heavy, dense and awful. I think it is just a bad recipe.

LyB said...

I can see why you halved the recipe, his original must make A LOT of bread! But I can also see why you wanted to try it, it sounds really good. I wonder what went wrong? Still, I'm glad you posted it. Good or bad, it's fun to know what you're up to. :)

RecipeGirl said...

That's a bummer. You know, I've had a Jamie Oliver cake recipe sitting on my desk for a LONG time and I'm hesitant to make it since I saw a bad review on someone's blog. I think he must have some real winners and some real duds!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Isn't that weird when a recipe from someone you trust didn't work out? I always assume I blew it somehow, but there are those recipes out there that just don't work. Live, learn, and move on, I say.

Pam said...

So sorry this didn't work out. It does sound like it would be good. I just hate it when a recipe doesn't work.

syrie said...

Sorry to hear it didn't work out. You should leave a message on his website!

Sarah said...

Sorry this didn't turn out, Patricia. It sounds like it would be so good! I always hate when I work myself up for a recipe and it isn't very good.

Maya said...

I just hate it when I have a dud recipe...

Marysol said...

Aw, I'm sure you won't let it discourage you.
I've tried some recipes from lovable Jacques Torres and equally lovable Jacques Pepín and they both failed miserably. Yet, some of their other recipes have been successful. You just never know until you take the plunge. Dud or not, it certainly looks good!

Aimée said...

Best. Post Title. Ever.

...now I MUST tackle that mountain of laundry folding. Blech.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mark, I think that maybe baking is not his thing. Just cooking. I love his recipes, so I will try more of them.
I did not taste it - I was too mad and disappointed for it.
You are just adorable!
xoxo

Katie, we will try anything when we are hungry, my dear! :)

Deb, I thought about that because I don't want others to waste their food!

Meeta, yes! Maybe he's good in cooking but not in baking...

Candy, thank you!

Cathy, I would like that! ;)

Lu, I could not try it. I was too mad. I felt like throwing the thing out the window. :)

Lydia, sometimes things go bad, right?

Pepsakoy, I bookmarked it - it looks delicious, tks for sharing!

Pea, my friend read your post and loved it.

KJ, I took a look at your rolls - I did not read you back then, such a shame! :)

LyB, 1kg flour?? 6 bananas?? No way. :)

RecipeGirl, I began to think he can cook but cannot bake.

Lynn, it's a bummer!

Pam, and did you see the photo on his website? It was some gorgeous bread. :(

Syrie, I will - tks for the great idea!

Sarah, isn't it the worse?

Maya, me too, darling.

Marysol, I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

Aimée, you made me laugh - tks, darling!
Good luck with the clothes.

Jaime said...

i think it's just as important to post about the good recipes as it is the bad...now i know not to try this recipe!

zorra said...

In the meantime you found the perfect recipe as I saw, but perhaps you would like to try this one, too: Hawaiian Rolls with banana and pineapple juice http://kochtopf.twoday.net/stories/4112175/

Tom Davies said...

I cooked this bread for the first time today, and am pretty happy with the result.

Here are some pictures.

It's certainly denser and moister than plain bread, but I like its chewiness and the (fairly subtle) banana flavour/aroma.

I cooked mine for 20 minutes at 200C fan-forced, which is effectively a bit more than the recipe recommends. I also needed to add more water -- my three bananas were large enough that the pureed banana didn't need any topping up to get to the specified quantity.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Tom,
Your loaf is beautiful! If mine had turned out like that I would have been really glad.
Thank you for sharing your point of view and photos.

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