Thursday, 18 July 2013

Banana Bread

Bananas don't stay around very long in my house because I have family of banana lovers. So I actually buy bananas and stash them away (to prevent it from being eaten) so that I can bake with it. 


This Curtis Stone Banana Bread recipe is one that can't go really wrong. Simple and readily available ingredients (which I had in my pantry) are transformed into a moist and fruity loaf topped with crunchy nuts. I like the fact there is no butter needed (only oil) and gets it moisture mostly from the mashed bananas and two spoons of yoghurt. 


This wholesome loaf that is a winner at home and is a great recipe which can be quickly made for breakfast or snack. I'm probably the third or fourth person posting this recipe this month, which proves that no one can resist a good banana loaf!


Banana Bread (Made 2 small loaves)
A Curtis Stone Recipe

Ingredients
  •  1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar (reduced to 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups coarsely mashed very ripe bananas (3 large)
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts, toasted and chopped
Method
  •  Preheat oven to 350F/175°C. Butter 1 (9- by 5- by 3-inch) metal loaf pan, then dust with flour, knocking out excess.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl.
  • Beat together eggs and sugar in bowl of electric mixer at medium-high speed until very thick and pale and mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted, about 10 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add oil in a slow stream, mixing, then mix in bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in flour mixture and walnuts gently but thoroughly.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan, spreading evenly, and bake in middle of oven until golden brown and a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.
  • Cool loaf in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack. Turn loaf right side up and cool completely.
This post is linked to Cook Like A Star, where this month's featured chef is Curtis Stone, an event organized by Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids together with co-hosts, Baby Sumo from Eat Your Heart Out and Grace from Life Can Be Simple.


39 comments:

  1. That looks like a winner of a banana cake which is one of my all time favourites, you just can't have enough recipes for a banana cake I think:-)

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  2. Hehe Mich, I also just baked this today. Looks like this is one of Curtis Stone's most popular recipes amongst us. I did reduce the sugar and I still found it a tad too sweet.

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  3. I always bake this banana bread, eat it for breakfast

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  4. Though I am not a fan of bananas, this bread looks very yummy with the crunchy nut topping

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  5. This looks good! I should really give this a try one of these days! My family loves eating bananas, me not so! I prefer them in bakes!

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  6. Your banana cake looks so delicious! Looks like i have to go out to buy some bananas to bake this cake, hehe!

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  7. Mich, I also bookmarked this recipe from Curtis Stone and going to bake this weekend.

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  8. Mich, I love the crunchy nuts as the topping. Seeing your banana bread has reminded me that I haven't had it for quite sometime!

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  9. What a yummy looking banana cake, Mich. Marion insists on buying bananas but she simply just never gets around to eating them. I have tons in the freezer waiting to be used. I may just "fish" them out for some good ol Banana Bread!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  10. Hi Mich, love your banana bread, look so moist and delicious. Got coffee? :))

    Have a great week ahead.

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  11. I love banana bread! so many good review about Curtis' version, I think I must try :)

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  12. I tried this too and love it very much, it is very moist and delicious and I too like the fact that it didn't has butter in it.

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  13. This looks very moist and good. I shall try it one day.

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  14. Love love banana bread! Yours looks really great, Mich.

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  15. maybe i should try to make this for another curtis stone event..shall see if i hv the time :) It looks really wonderful !

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  16. I've been craving for this

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  17. What a beautiful moist and delicious bread :D

    Cheers
    CCU

    P.S. I am going to be exam prepping for four weeks so won't be commenting - see you in a month!

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  18. As the saying goes, you can never have too many banana recipes! Love your cake, looks moist and bursting with banana flavors, yums!

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  19. Looks good & great for breakfast . I love the texture of this banana bread! YUM!

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  20. Mich, as you have said, this banana bread recipe is indeed very popular and you can't go wrong with it ;) I love the look of your banana bread!! super awesome!

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  21. Looks like a winner ! Seen Jeannie's version and yours look as wonderful ;D

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  22. I have learned your secret now...adding yoghurt!! Nice and moist, it seems that banana bread recipe cannot disappoint and makes everyone happy!!Ciao

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  23. I really enjoy baking with banana too. Yours look just as tempting. Wish I can have a slice right now.
    Enjoy your weekend dear.
    Kristy

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  24. Mich, I am going to buy bananas next weekend to try this delicious looking banana bread!

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  25. You're indeed cooking like a star with this stunning bake!

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  26. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

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  27. I LOVE the texture of this cake! Looks moist and rich

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  28. Hi Mich,

    When I first saw this Curtis's banana bread recipe baked by Grace, I knew that you will like this recipe and will bake this bread too :D True enough, you did!

    Zoe

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  29. I love banana bread, this looks really yummy!

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  30. This recipe is so good, and your banana bread looks terrific.

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  31. I haven't made banana bread in forever! I love the way it makes the house smell. Yours looks delicious :)

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  32. Hi. I love banana bread and the first time I tasted it was actually in Singapore few years ago when I worked there. It was so good that tried several recipes to make it like the one I ate in S'pore. Now I find my perfect recipe, which is actually similar to your.
    Ciao

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