Due to reasons unknown to myself, I had a breakup with Bananas as an edible substance since my teens. Like every teenage breakup, this also became a folklore in the family, with the parents being the worst affected and no amount of cajoling, counselling, rebuking and incentive, was enough to reconcile the relationship. At that time, I did not know that something called banana bread existed.
They say that time is the best healer and with time, this relationship and break up was packed off to the darkest corner of my cupboard. Then came Madhushree, who is an avid banana lover and she dug out the skeleton one fine day. Thereafter, the fun began. An endless struggle for a happy reconciliation with an omnipresence in all meals in various forms, all went in vain. There were banana milk shakes, banana pancakes, banana fritters Chinese way, kolar bora and so on.
And then came Banana Bread
When the hope was almost lost the miracle happened. One evening, Madhushree baked something. She brought it to me, while I was blindfolded and then, I was given a bite of it. Of course, I understood that it had bananas. It was a banana bread. On a Wednesday, when you are pulling up through a bad work week, you dare say no to such things, neither did I.
And they lived happily ever after ….
P.S. Today, when I am updating the post, 6 years later, I can say that I love banana bread. I love banana pancakes too. During Covid 19 locdown, Madhushree even made some Chinese banana fritters with honey and they were just too good to be true.
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Banana Bread with Maple Butter Cream
For Banana Bread
- 3 nos ripe bananas
- 150 gms butter at room temperature
- 1 cup castor sugar
- 2 nos eggs at room temperature
- 1 & 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
For Maple butter cream
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 - 2 tbsp Maple syrup
Baking Banana Bread
- Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs one by one and incorporate them completely.
- Mash the bananas completely and add to the eggs. Whisk it properly. Add the vanilla too.
- Now take a sieve and sift in the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Fold the flour gently till you have a nice and smooth batter.
- Pour the batter into a loaf tin or a 9 by 9 inch cake tin. Don't forget to grease the tin and then dust with flour or use parchment paper at the bottom and the sides.
- Transfer to a pre heated oven at 180 degree C for 55 minutes or until a skewer pricked in the centre comes out clean.
- It is best to put parchment paper since the baking time is long and the bottom and sides tend to burn because of bananas.
- Once it is done, take the banana bread out of the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool down.
Making Maple butter cream
- Whisk the butter and then sieve in the icing sugar. Whisk and add maple syrup and continue whisking till it is smooth and firm.
Serving Banana Bread
- Cut slices of the banana bread when cooled down and spread a little maple butter cream and serve. You can serve it chilled as well.