Monday, March 4, 2013

Banana Nut Bread


I always enjoy eating banana cake, especially the type that is soft, light and spongy. Err, i sound like i'm making a funny statement..who actually likes eating a hard banana cake? In fact i have also bookmarked one or two banana cake recipes that some of you made after reading how good it was. Now banana cake or banana bread or quick bread maybe.. do you think there's actually any difference between the 2? Sometimes i am also a little puzzled..i guess most of us cant really tell the difference between the two just by its looks. This banana bread is soft and moist but the texture is still not alike the type of spongy banana cake that i'm thinking of. Maybe hence the name, banana bread or quickbread. Not really a disappointment.  Just not that spongy, a little heavy but tasted good.. and nutty too. I actually find it much better to eat it cold from the fridge..did i tell you that i like eating cold cakes?...it's a habit :)


Recipe ( from The Williams Sonoma Baking Book )
makes one 9 by 5 inch loaf
95gm unsalted butter , softened
170gm sugar
9oz/280gm mashed bananas ( i only had 260gms)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup/125ml buttermilk
2cups plain flour
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg ( i used 1/2 tsp )
1/2 tsp salt
3/4cup/90gms coarsely chopped walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts ( mine was pecans )

Method:
1.Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and lightly flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. ( i lined the pan too).
2.In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, abt 1 min ( 4 mins).Add the bananas and eggs and beat until smooth. Add the buttermilk and beat until just combined.
3. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and nuts. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and beat just until combined. The batter should be slightly lumpy . Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4.Pour the batter into the prepared pan. It should be no more than two thirds full. Bake until the top is dark golden brown and dry to the touch, about 55-60minutes ( mine for 50mins ). A cake tester inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack and let cool completely.


I am baking along with Joyce and Zoe, do hop over to see their banana breads and also the rest who are joining us . The linky will be opened from today till March 13, 2013. We will be making turnovers for our next Bake Along on March 20, 2013..  any fillings, any flavour. All are welcomed to join! Cheers!



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73 comments:

  1. Hi Lena
    I just got over from Zoe and now I comingover for your bananabread. Looks so beautifully baked bet it must be good....of course with a cup of coffee.

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    1. thank you mel and thanks for your participation!

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  2. I too just baked a banana bread yesterday with all the blacken bananas on the kitchen counter. I can't figure out the bread and cake part either. My guess is banana bread is denser, heavier and not as sweet and as for cake is fluffier, sweeter and can have it as a dessert. Cake or bread I like them both :)

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    1. as long as it is moist and taste good, i think that's good enough :)

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  3. Lena, I thought banana bread is the same as the banana cake! They look very inviting to eat!

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  4. Hi Lena,
    There's always a confusion for me too whether to call it a bread or cake, in the end the "cake" always wins!
    This cake is dense but moist and I like it eaten with a cup of tea or coffee! Your cake looks perfectly baked!

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    1. but quick bread is always easier to make and less steps :)

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  5. I love banana bread and this looks wonderful and delicious. :) I all over this nutty, delicious moist banana bread.

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  6. This cake is very good cold indeed. I really liked this cake/loaf/bread very much! Ok I also don't know what is the difference ha ha ha

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    1. glad to know that you like this bread very much and thanks for joining!

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  7. You have read my mind!! I have a lot of ripe bananas, and was just now trying to figure out what to do with them. You saved me from wasting them :) This looks fantastic!

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  8. Lena, I just came from Joyce's and I also can't figure out why they call it a bread. But whatever, I know I will love it because I love bananas in nay cakes or muffins. Hope you feature a nice spongy banana cake soon because I am looking for a good recipe :)

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    1. yea, i hv bookmarked few which have good reviews, hope i dont take too long to make them :D

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  9. Sometimes, when I have so many bakes I want to try, you forget the ones I love and this is one of them. Thanks for the reminder. Your banana nut bread looks awesome.

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  10. Hi Lena,

    Like you, I'm always confused with the term banana bread or banana loaf or banana cake... I don't really know what kind of texture I'm going to get ultimately. I just have to bake and see...

    This, I would say is banana loaf or bread... definitely not the fluffy kind of cake.

    Zoe

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    1. agree, but am glad that even tho it's not the fluffy type, it is still good :)

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  11. I think some refer to it as bread because it is baked in a loaf pan? hehe! just saying... anyway, I think your cake looks more like a cake than a bread from the picture, quite like butter cake actually...very nice!

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  12. I love banana bread, but it's hard to find buttermilk here. Any recommendation to replace buttermilk?

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    1. you can use 1 cup of milk and then add a tbsp of lemon juice, let i stand for 5 mins, you will see that it kinds of curdle, then use the amt as required in the recipe.

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  13. Hey Lena, i jus came over from Joyce...
    Woooah.... yours is equally good... am drooling now...:))

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    1. thank you..i hv yet to make the orange frosted cake !

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  14. hi lena, bila tengok tekstur dlmnya tu mmg nampak mcm kek kan.. tergoda la pulak :)

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    1. thank you kak, rupa macam kek tapi tak sangat gebu, still the taste is great!

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  15. From the look of this bananas nut bread, I know it must be tasting really good. I can very sure of it, Lena. Well done.

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    1. thanks for your nice words, yan!

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  16. So beautiful - I would love to have this for tea or breakfast.

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    1. thank you, chris! not baking anything lately?

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  17. Your bread looks soft and must be full of banana aroma....nice, cool clicks, Lena!

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  18. This sound wonderful, I have book marked. Thanks. Have a good week Diane

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    1. quite a nice loaf, thanks diane!

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  19. Hi. Thanks for organizing the Bake-Along. I really enjoyed it.

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  20. Yum-yum! This cake looks moist , soft & very inviting! I don't mind eating it cold too but do you have teh tarik to go with it? I'm on my way! :D hehehehe

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  21. Lena, the cake looks absolutely delicious.

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  22. You are right, I don't really know the diff between banana bread and banana cake, lol! But I love the addition of buttermilk, it really makes the cake much more moist ya? Hope I can join in this bake along...one can never have enough banana cake! Have a good day my dear friend! (^_^)

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    1. i guess the buttermilk did help. I'm still lazy to blog, how ar?

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  23. Can definitely relate to that bread/cake confusion, so much so that it's difficult to find a recipe for banana bread as in the type of bread that we are more familiar with, i think for that it's known as yeasted bread. Anyways, bread/cake yours look soft and moist :)

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    1. how nice if we can just tell by reading the recipe...haha..

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  24. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesMarch 5, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Hi Lena, I can see traces of bananas. Nice bake.: )

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  25. Will take several slices of that beautifully-baked banana bread/cake :D

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  26. that looks like perfection. Perfectly baked and perfectly moist with a slight crispy outer edges

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  27. I also can see trace of banana... love it! Dislike store bought ones cos they're always way too sweet... homemade is best! :D

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    1. you'right, i also find the ones at the bakery here are very sweet

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  28. Great banana quick bread! I am planning to make and try!

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  29. HI Lena! What is it that makes it less than your perfect banana bread? It looks good to me from the picture.

    Cold cake... Did you grow up eating Sara Lee? :D

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  30. Hi Lena, I can practically get the lovely scent of your this great looking banana cake. Looks really good.
    I am always impressed with your creating baking.
    Not many young women like you, with your extraordinary cooking, baking talents.
    I guess 5 pieces of that banana cake will do me fine. With iced coffee.

    Its a wonder with all your baking, cooking you still so slim.
    I guess that saying of 'never trust a thin cook' doesn't apply to you. Ha ha.
    Have fun, keep well.
    Lee.

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    1. haha...the trick is you bake and then you give it to others to eat!

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  31. love to see the trace of banana in this banana bread! yummy!

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    1. tq, tze! always glad to see you here. Happy cooking in mel!

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  32. Hi Lena,
    Your banana loaf looks really good.
    I almost mistaken it as a carrot cake...lol
    I am going to make mine today :)
    mui

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    1. hahaha! hope yours will turn out good!

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    1. thank you for the invite. will look into it later.

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  34. Hi Lena!

    Thank you so much for dropping by earlier. Your bread looks great! They do differentiate between quick breads and cakes here in the States - the quick bread is usually denser but should still be moist. :D I had an awesome time baking-along with all of you. I hope to do it again. :D

    Chris

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    1. and i'm so glad that to hear that you had enjoyed this loaf. thanks for baking along with us!

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  35. Lena, your cake is very nice. I kinda like this quick bread recipe. BTW, for the next challenge, turnovers. What kind of wrappers I should make? Do i need to any pastry to wrap the filling.

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    1. hi angeline, you can make your own pastry or use puff pastry.

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  36. Hi Lena, your banana bread look very moist. Great to go with coffee.
    Best regards.

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