Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yeasted banana bread

Yeasted banana bread

I have to start this post by deeply thanking a Brazilian reader of mine, Debora – after reading my desperate request for a good yeasted banana bread, she left a comment with a link for a recipe, and it looked like what I wanted.

I finally baked the bread and what a wonderful recipe this is! The rolls came out extremely tender and with a delicious banana hint. Since they are not overly sweet, you can use your imagination and slather them with butter, jam, or make sandwiches with multiple choices of fillings.

I used this recipe and Dominic sent me a very kind email after I left him a comment - he suggests the addition of ground cardamom to the bread. I only reduced the amount of salt and proofed the yeast before mixing all the other ingredients.

I knew I could count on my readers and fellow food bloggers to put an end on my banana bread quest. Thank you!

Yeasted banana bread

Yeasted banana bread

2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
¾ cup (180ml) lukewarm water
3 cups (420g) unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup nonfat dry milk
1 ripe banana, slightly mashed

Place the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer, add 1 pinch of the sugar and cover with the water. Mix well and set aside until foamy.
Add the flour, salt, remaining sugar, butter, dry milk and banana and mix them using the dough hook (or knead by hand) until you've made a smooth, soft dough – 5 minutes were enough for me. It should be barely tacky. Don't add a lot of extra flour - you'll end up with a dry loaf. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise 1 to 1 ½ hours until almost doubled in bulk.

Remove dough from bowl and place it onto a lightly floured surface; knead it lightly for 10 seconds, then cut it into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Butter a 25cm (10 in) round cake pan and place the balls inside it, forming a circle. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise again for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF; bake bread for 35-40 minutes, until golden. If it seems to be getting too brown toward the end of cooking, you can tent with foil.

Remove from oven and transfer the pan to wire rack for at least an hour to cool completely. Unmold bread.

Makes 8

Yeasted banana bread


Manggy said...

YAY for a happy ending on the search! It looks like the perfect bread to break open and pour some condensed milk in. And no, I'm not even kidding with the condensed milk obsession, ha ha :)

Unknown said...

the bread looks perfect.

Sarah said...

I'm glad you found a recipe for this! These do look good. I'm imagining them in a hawaiian style sandwich with pineapple, ham, and provolone cheese...

LyB said...

That is so cool! And the bread sound delicious. :)

Erin said...

What a great find! I love the whole idea of flavored yeast breads. Bananas are my favorite.

The Food Librarian said...

Oh my gosh! This looks soooo delicious. I want to reach into the computer and grab a piece!

Lisa said...

Wow! You do find the best yeast bread recipes. These rolls look delicious and the hint of banana is very appealing!

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious - I've never heard of yeasted banana bread. What a great idea!

Snooky doodle said...

wow this bread looks so soft . it s a nice variation to normal banana bread :) well done

Anonymous said...

See, this is why I love food blogs. Three minutes ago I'd never even heard of yeasted banana bread and now I'm thoroughly intrigued. It looks so light and the thought of it having a "delicious banana hint" is fabulous. Can't wait to hear what you do with it.

Anonymous said...

Your persistence paid off ! These banana buns look yummy !

KJ said...

Wow, your bread loks so light and soft. Fantastic. Sure beats that Jamie Oliver recipe!!!

Anonymous said...

These sound wonderful. I had never heard of this type of bread. Another winner.

Anonymous said...

Ohmygosh Patricia, those look simply fabulous. I can just imagine them all warm and soft, with honey or nutella.
Never thought of it, never heard of it... thank you Patricia, now I have to make it!!

Anh said...

Yeasted banana bread? Holy cow, I will try this!!!

Anonymous said...

I've had many a yeasted potato, sweet potato, and squash roll, but never a yeasted banana one. How inventive! And it looks so wonderfully poofy soft, too. Irresistible!

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

I swear, Patricia, you're going to get me baking yet! What hooked me here was the mere 3 tablespoons of sugar—sounds intriguingly not overly sweet. Looks beautiful too.

Anonymous said...

Patricia they look like little fluffy clouds. I love the hint of banana as well. I think I'd spread on some nutella! But I have to wait as I'm on a detox diet. Boooooo!

Zoe Francois said...

Great minds think alike!!! I have been working on a version of yeasted banana bread for our new book. I too had never seen it before. Yours looks fantastic!!! So light and fluffy and wonderful.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

They look 100% professional - beautiful colour and texture. I've never come across yeasted banana bread, so am particularly interested by this. Sounds rather lovely.

Anonymous said...

I can just imagine the flavor of these -- simply delicious, right? They look so perfectly puffed!

Anonymous said...

These look so tender! I'm very impressed, but never surprised by your skills! These are lovely, perfect for a special dinner even. I wish I could make yeasty breads come out this lovely :).

pam said...

Wow! Look at the gorgeous rise on those! You can see how light they are.

breadchick said...

I'd never heard of such a thing but you know me and yeast! I have a couple bananas in the freezer that have been hanging around. Time to use them I think.

Femin Susan said...

Very cool your blog!
Great! Keep writing…….
Good week

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! When I think of banana bread, it's always dense, heavy, sweet. This looks to be just the opposite, and I'm sure I will love it.

Stef said...

I did a double take when I read that this was banana bread. Very interesting! I'm sure I would love it!

Peabody said...

Lovely, a yeast banana bread, never knew there was one.

Anonymous said...

Never knew there was something like a yeasted banana bread. Lovely!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mark, you and I should start a condensed milk association or something. :)

Mindy, thank you!

Sarah, that sounds like a plan. ;)

LyB, thank you!

Erin, I love working with yeast!

Food Librarian, thank you!

Lisa, I have a yeast addiction, sweetie! :)
Thank you!

Kristen, and it's a very easy recipe!

Snooky Doodle, it was very soft, indeed!

Julie, we learn so much from each other, don't we? And people are always eager to help. Food bloggers rule! :)

Vanille, thank you!

KJ, this one beats the crap out of Jamie's recipe, for sure! :)

Cathy, I was really pleased with the results!

Dayna, Nutella!! You are brilliant. :)
And I hope you give it a try!

Anh, I hope so!

Carolyn, thank you for stopping by! I hope you try it sometime!

Terry, Marion and I will go that someday, I know! :)
Thank you, my friend.

Syrie, you had me at Nutella. :)
I hope your diet ends up soon. :)

Zoe, I agree! And that book of yours... can't wait to get my hands on it! :)

A Fork Full..., thank you so much!

Kelly, delicious, indeed! And simple to make!

Sophie, you are such a dear, thank you! I do have a yeast addiction and can't go without baking bread.

Pam, thank you!

Hi, gorgeous! You are bread chick, after all. ;)
Those bananas will love you for rescuing them from the cold. :)

Femin Susan, tks for visiting!

Lydia, this is completely different and equally delicious! :)

Stef, tks for stopping by! I'm sure you would!

Pea, and it's a good one. :)

Linda, thank you, darling!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I really, really want to warm up one these buns and spread it with butter. Mmmm..... they look too good.

Anonymous said...

This little roll looks so yummy and tender! I'm so going to make them for a Saturday morning breakfast!

Deborah said...

this is something that I've never had, but something that I definitely want to try!

Karen Baking Soda said...

Finally! I am so going to make this, bookmarked! My kids are forever leaving the last two bananas in the fruit basket, I made bananabread but we don't like it. This one might be the solution.

Lynne Daley said...

These rolls look so beautiful and delicate! A nice recipe to have. Lovely photos!

glamah16 said...

I have never heard of this type of yeasted bread. Its actually a real bread rather than cake. Thans for sharing.

puppymomma said...

I never would have imagined a banana yeast bread. But now that you've posted it, it's very tempting! I bet it's wonderful as a sandwich. How about a chocolate sandwich! Mmmm.

Thanks for the wonderful post.


Angry Asian said...

thank you so much for posting this recipe! i just might add the cardamon too. :) ever since i discovered that yeast isn't that scary, i've been all about finding recipes to use it up. can't wait to try this tonight. :)

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