My head always starts spinning while looking at spotty banana on my kitchen table. Then my hubby and little one start show their faces if you give them to eat or even tell my hubby to have that bananas. How many times you can make banana bread in a month? Possible once or twice, but not more than that!
The chef in me woke up after thinking a lot on how to find a way to use them: Banana bread again or pancakes. Banana bread has more of a fan base than pancakes in my house. So Banana bread, then what? Just make same old banana bread or try to add some extras make it more tasty and flavorful.
This time I had a few oranges also accompanying my bananas in the fruit basket, waiting for use. So I decided to make banana bread with orange. That is with orange zest and orange juice. This is the extremely intoxicating banana bread I have ever made and I love it. I am finally happy to find one more variation of banana bread. Banana made the bread soft, citrusy flavor gives it a zest; cardamom and vanilla give a nice aroma. You can call my husband, bananabreadphilic, who loves to eat banana bread more than banana itself. He told me this is the best bread with excellent ingredients. Here is the recipe.
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What you need
Wheat flour: ½ cup
Sugar: ¾ cup
Egg: 1 no
Orange: 2 no (orange zest: 1 teaspoon and orange juice about 1/3 cup + half of 1/3 cup)
Banana: 3 no
Baking soda: ½ teaspoon
Baking powder: ¼ teaspoon
Vanilla: 1 teaspoon
Salt: ¼ teaspoon
Walnut: 1/3 cup (Lightly toasted and crushed)
Cardamom: 3 pods
Canola oil : 1/3 cup
How I made
Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan with oil. Line the bottom with parchment paper, and then flour the sides of pan.
Set aside orange zest and juice from two orange. Mash bananas using a fork or potato masher and keep aside.
In a large bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, crushed cardamom and salt. Keep aside.
In a medium bowl beat egg with sugar and add orange juice, orange zest , oil and vanilla extract and mix everything incorporated well.
Gradually add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix everything well.
Finally fold in mashed banana and add crushed walnut and fold once again gently.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smoothen the tops with a spatula. .
Bake for 55 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
Cool the bread in the pan for 5 minutes and remove it and cool in the wire rack for another 1 hour.
Cut into slices and enjoy as afternoon snack or Breakfast.
Preparation time: 60 minutes
Serving: 8 serving
Verdict: Yummy. Keeper recipe
Will you make it again: I will