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Simple Banana Nut Bread

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Banana bread is a classic American dish. I've been going to make it for a long time, and now that I have I almost regret it, because it is absolutely addictive! Having one slice is just not an option. Given that I usually don't have this problem with desserts, this is surprising.
Are you brave enough? If so, cook on!

What you need:
3 ripe bananas (overripe is fine!)
2 cups + 1Tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup sugar (brown or white)
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/3 cup walnuts, broken into coarse chunks
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp pollen granules (optional)
1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)

How to do it:
0. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
1. Melt butter on low heat. Use some of it to butter the loaf pan.
2. Mix eggs and sugar into a fine foam with an electric mixer. While mixing, pour in the melted butter (it should not be hot!). Add nutmeg, cocoa powder, pollen, walnuts and mashed bananas. Mix well with a spoon.
3. Add flour in two portions, mixing gently with a spoon just until it is incorporated (do not overmix).
4. Put baking soda into a dry cup and add vinegar. Mix to make sure that all the baking soda reacts with the acid in vinegar. Quickly pour this foam into the batter and mix very gently, but thoroughly.
5. Pour the batter into the buttered pan and smooth it out with a spoon.
6. Bake for about 1 hour. If the bread is nice and brown, insert a toothpick into its center to check for readiness. If the toothpick comes out clean and dry, the bread is ready. If the bread has browned, but is not yet ready, place a sheet or two of aluminum foil over it (don't tuck in) to prevent it from getting too dark.
7. Enjoy! Hopefully your will power is better than mine :)

The art of it:
Pollen is a waco idea, but I think it does add some character. As far as cocoa powder: it is here for a mere suspicion of chocolate, so don't add more than one teaspoon.