Banana Bread

Baking breads in the evenings at home on a weekend is one of my favorite activities. The aroma of bread baking in the oven fills the entire place. I remember the days when I was a kid and I’d come back home from school, and as soon as I enter the house I can smell what is cooking in the kitchen and it instantly gave me a feeling of security, that someone is there to take care of me. Even now, if I am cooking and friends come home for dinner, they can smell it from the front door (Indian food leaves a good trace for a couple of hours) and that aroma is the first thing that gets noticed.

With bread, the options are unlimited- From cheese, olives, zucchini, garlic, herbs, onions, cinnamon, fruits you can just keep on baking!

Makes one loaf Banana Bread(12-14 slices):

Wet Ingredients:

3/4 cup Orange juice
1/4 cup Vegetable oil
One Egg

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar (as the sweetness comes from the orange juice as well)
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
One large banana, well mashed
2 tsp cocoa powder

(I did not use butter, but added oil and juice, you can change accordingly)

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 375 F. Dust a bread loaf pan with some butter and flour.

Mix the wet ingredients – the egg, vegetable oil and orange juice in a bowl.

Sift flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and cocoa powder together. Slowly start adding the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, by adding a scoop of flour to the egg batter, mixing it and repeating the process. Add the mashed banana to this batter and mix once again. Do not do heavy mixing as it will only result in tough bread.

Pour this mixture into the greased loaf pan and bake at 375 for 25 minutes or till the top is golden. Insert a fork into the bread to make sure that the bread is baked through. The bread will have a nice golden color due to the banana and orange juice. Cool and cut into slices.

Serve with Nutella or Jam for breakfast or as a light snack for Tea.

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17 Comments to “Banana Bread”

  1. Kris says:

    I love banana bread. I’ve got about 1 more day with the bananas in my kitch. I should just make your bread and call it a night! :o)Especially with the nutella- hello lover!

  2. Priya says:

    Can u send me some loaves…my favourite bread….

  3. simplyfood says:

    This bread looks delicious and yummy.

  4. Asha says:

    Banana quick bread is the best. Can’t beat the aroma as you said. Looks great R.

    How is your hand? Hopefully better! :)

    It’s cloudy and rainy here today. Y’day it was almost 61F, was great. Wayched Paa, alone this time since he had a meeting to go.

  5. Cham says:

    Somehow I don’t like banana in baked goodies, I hate the ripe smell !
    Quick bread is great breakfast!

  6. Love your version of banana bread, healthy and delicious!

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  7. Banana bread looks so lovely and perfectly done…i am yet to bake a bread..never tried making it at home…should try it out…and i saw the chocolate site,so many varieties,most of them are really new and so different…i loved all of them…each one is unique..

  8. notyet100 says:

    bread looks so warm d delicious,..

  9. suparna says:

    hi Ruchika,
    I love quick breads and recently baked a couple of them as my family loves it :) u’ve baked a moist fab bread dear :)
    Keep rocking
    TC

  10. I want to make banana bread, I have bookmarked your recipe..soon might make it..looks really great and since no butter used good to eat :)

  11. PJ says:

    aha, my favorite banana bread.. i add some walnuts for crunch too. this looks so delicious and so true about the nice baking aroma that fills up the kitchen when you make this bread.

  12. Raks says:

    Sounds good,looks so soft! I should try out some time!

  13. Joanne says:

    banana bread was the first quickbread I ever learned how to make so it still holds a special place in my heart. This looks delicious! Love that you added cocoa powder to it.

  14. Shri says:

    Banana bread looks so appealing!

  15. I love Banana Bread, I would definitely have it with loads of Nutella…

  16. indosungod says:

    So the orange juice and mashed banana make up for the butter? I like that. Looks and I bet tastes great.

  17. Usha says:

    Looks delicious !

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