Saturday, May 09, 2009

A Minimalist Banana Bread

My minimalist banana bread / Minimalistlik banaanikeeks
My minimalist banana bread, with a handful of dark chocolate chips thrown in.
April 2011

Don't get me wrong. I still love Nigella Lawson-style lusciously rich full-of-rum-soaked-raisins banana bread. But sometimes I feel I don't deserve all that deliciousness. Or there's that feeling that perhaps, just perhaps, I don't need all that richness in a cake.

Well, this minimalist banana bread is just the cake for those occasion. Still lovely, still tasty. But it won't spend a moment on your lips, followed by a lifetime on your hips, as a famous saying goes.

Minimalist Banana Bread
(MInimalistlik banaanikeeks)
Serves 8

2 large eggs
100 g caster sugar (just under half a cup)
150 g plain/all-purpose flour (that's about 1 cup)
2 tsp baking powder
2 ripe medium-sized bananas (about 200 g peeled weight)
100 ml milk (about 7 Tbsp)

Whisk eggs and sugar until pale and frothy in a large bowl.
Mix flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
In another bowl, mash the peeled bananas with a fork, then mix in milk.
Fold the dlour mixture and banana-milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Stir until just combined.
Pour the batter into a lined 2-litre loaf tin and bake in the middle of a pre-heated 175 C / 350 F oven for about 50 minutes, until a wooden toothpick pushed into the cake comes out clean.
Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then trasnfer onto a metal rack to cool completely.


Nupur said...

That banana bread sure looks pure and delicious!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello, Pille :)

Claudia said...

This sounds very simple, yet just right for a mid-morning snack with tea. I also want to try your Tosca cake, perhaps with macadamia nuts, instead of almonds?? I like to try new ways of using what we grow ourselves.

Bea said...

I really like this kind of 'minimalist' food.
It'll be a great snack :)

Roxy said...

I made it. Not too sweet and just enough banana flavour. x

Jo said...

I made it, too - but I think it needs a bit longer than the 50 mins (I've got a fan assisted oven, and even after an hour, it wasn't cooked all the way through)

But delicious all the same! :-)

Ternovnik said...

What a lovely recipe! I made this last night, and it took 10 minutes to put together and tastes delicious. I am eating it for breakfast now with plain yogurt and tea. I'll never make another banana bread with sticks of butter thrown in again!

Pille said...

Nupur, Bea - thank you!

Claudia - it's simple but delicious. Re: tosca cake with macadamia nuts - wouldn't it be a bit too rich? Perhaps you could combine them with almonds?

Roxy - so glad you enjoyed this - it pleases me a lot!

Jo - I guess it depends in your oven. Mine was definitely cooked in 50 minutes (in the middle shelf; no fan). Good you liked the flavour!

Ternovik - cannot believe that there are already 3 persons who liked this cake :) It's my happy day :)

mink said...

Sounds good, I will have to try it.

Myla said...

Just made this, added sultana's and made it into muffins! Perfect to take to school