11.29.2006

Banana Bread

Again, there were over-riped bananas and hence, I had to bake a "banana" product. I really like this banana bread's taste and texture. If you like the strong taste of banana, I would recommend cutting back on flour/sugar/oil OR increasing the # of bananas.
** If you like a cake-like texture, read the modifications below.
** The ingredients are in grams or ounces because I got this recipe from a chef who mass-makes them. I don't want to make 50 banana breads... *wink* ( its nice to be in the dietetics field...we need to know all these measurements/conversion by memory...^_* )

Ingredients:
----dry ingredients -----
pastry flour, 210g ( i used whole wheat)
sugar, 3 oz ( i used brown sugar)
baking powder, 0.4 oz
salt, .7 tsp
chopped walnuts, 2 oz
(my own addition: chocolate chips!, vanilla extract, 1T )
--- wet ingredients------
Eggs, 2 ( 1 egg = 2 oz)
Ripe banana, 200g = 2 bananas
canola oil, 2.4 oz

Directions:
using the Muffin method:
1. sift dry ingredients together
2.combine all liquid ingredients, including oil
3. add the liquids to the dry ingredients and mix until flour is moistened. The batter will look lumpy. Do not overmix4.
Pan and bake immediately.
The dry and liquid mixture may be prepared in advance. But once the mixtures are combined, the batter should be baked without delay, or loss of volume may result.
Bake 375, about 45 mins (depends on the size of your tray)

Variation:
For a more delicate, cake-like product, make the following adjustments :::
Fat: Increase to 40% : Use shortening and/or butter, not oil
Sugar: Increase to 60%
Flour: Use cake flour
Mixing: Mix by creaming method


Note: There are 2 kinds of Creaming method >>>>>>>

1. Creaming method:::Procedure for biscuits:::
1.Combine fat, sugar and salt ( and milk powder, if used) in the bowl and mix using a mixer.
2. Blend to a smooth paste.
3. Add the eggs and blend thoroughly.
4. Add water or milk (liquid) and mix in
5. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add to the bowl and mix to a smooth dough.


2. Creaming Method :::Procedure for muffins, loaves and coffee cakes
1. Combine the fat, sugar, salt, spices and milk powder ( if used) in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
2. Cream the ingredients together until light.
3. Add the eggs in two or three stages. Cream well after each addition before adding more eggs.
4. Add the liquid ingredient and stir lightly.
5. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add and mix until just smooth.

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