I have tried out quite a few recipes of banana bread over the years but this particular recipe has to be the best I have tried. It’s by Curtis Stone who who is one of my favorite celebrity chefs courtesy MasterChef Australia (need to watch the latest season). A friend had requested me to make it for her, and she loved it so much that she promptly ordered three more.Turns out it was the only thing that her sister (who was expecting at that time) would eat. Had no inkling of how popular this recipe could be.
It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes in the oven, and during that time our home is filled with the beautiful fragrance of this bread baking. The bread itself is moist with a delicious crunchy exterior – lots of banana flavor, and a hint of cinnamon.
One thing that that you need to keep in mind is that while the recipe is great, what will turn it spectacular is selecting the right banana’s. The banana’s MUST, and I repeat, MUST be ripe. The outer cover should have black patches and the inside should be mushy, with a rich fragrance. It’s tempting to make it with just under-ripe banana’s but just wait one more day, or put them in a brown paper to speed the ripening process and the taste will be totally worth it.
As with all banana bread’s, the loaf tastes better the next day, and can also be slathered with butter and jam for a truly decadent breakfast.
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/4 cups Sugar, ground for 30 seconds in a spice grinder.
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Yogurt/Dahi
- 4 medium Bananas, mashed
- 1 2/3 cups Plain Flour/Maida
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda/Bicarbonate Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Grease and line base of a large 13.5cm x 23.5cm loaf pan.
Sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate soda and cinnamon together in a large bowl and keep aside.
Beat eggs and sugar together in a stand mixer on medium-high speed for 10 minutes, or until very thick and pale and the mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted.
Reduce speed to low and beat in the oil in a steady stream. Mix in the vanilla and yogurt and add the bananas.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, folding gently but thoroughly.
Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours, or until a skewer comes out clean when tested. If bread is becoming brown from edges, then cover edges with foil in the end.
Cool in pan briefly then turn out onto a rack to cool.
Adapted by a Curtis Stone recipe - http://recipes.coles.com.au/recipes/2333/curtis-banana-bread/