Banana Bread

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Banana bread or Banana loaf has always been one of those things, which I would only buy and NOT make. Reason: Coz I didn’t know its so easy to make one πŸ˜› After I made it once, which was like 3 weeks back, I have already made it thrice!!! I love the texture of the bread and the crunch that is added by the walnuts. DD and few of my friends also liked it a lot. Especially because it wasn’t super sweet and sounds healthy – Banana and Walnuts πŸ˜‰ !*%$#@! Hehe..

Well, I wonder why it is called banana bread and not a cake. The ingredients doesn’t seem to be very different from that of a cake. The best reason I could come up with is that, may be because it is in the shape of a bread or loaf that its called so πŸ˜‰ Whatever be the reason, I like this bread πŸ™‚ Now I know what to do when I have those ugly looking black bananas, which I would never eat otherwise. The more ugly/black your banana looks, the better your banana bread would taste. Isn’t that cool πŸ™‚ I referred to some recipes and replaced some of the regular ingredients with yogurt, olive oil etc. to reduce the amount of butter and also to give it a variation and I am absolutely happy with the results πŸ˜€

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INGREDIENTS:
Note: Cup used for measurement is US measurement cup, 1 cup = 237 ml

Ripe Banana – 2-3 nos
Walnuts – 1/2 cup
All purpose flour – 1.5 cups
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Egg – 1 no
Butter -1/3 cup
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Salt – a pinch
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Yogurt(Greek yogurt preferred) – 2 tbsp

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
2. Peel the banana and in a bowl, mash them well using a fork and keep aside.
3. Mix baking soda and all purpose flour.
4. In a mixing bowl, beat egg and melted butter well. Then mix in the sugar, salt, vanilla extract, yogurt and olive oil.
5. Add all purpose flour and mix well. Then take the mashed banana kept aside and stir in with the mix.
6. Roughly chop the walnuts, add it to the bread batter and give a stir so that it is evenly distributed.
7. Prepare the loaf pan by greasing it with some butter/oil and then adding little flour so that the loaf/bread doesn’t stick to the pan.
8. Pour the bread batter into the loaf pan and bake it for about 1 hour – 1 hour 10 mins. You would know that the bread is ready, when a knife/tooth pick inserted into the center of the bread, comes out clean.
9. Once the bread is ready, let it cool before you slice them. Please note, this is an important step. Else you would not be able to slice it smoothly.

Note: Please don’t stir/mix the banana too much into the batter, else the loaf would become dry and crumbly.

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