Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread December 15, 2009Posted by merp in Food.
I just checked: I have written only 3 posts on food in 2009. Three! And none of them were on food that I had cooked. Disgraceful.
Admittedly, it was not until fall that I actually had any time to cook, what with everything, but since we’ve been settled in Durham, our kitchen has been quite lively.
One thing I’ve recently gotten into is inventing new quick bread recipes (or rather, dramatically modifying existing ones). Turns out this is not at all hard, and I’m wondering why people don’t do this more often. Why isn’t there already a buttermilk sweet potato banana spice bread recipe out there? I couldn’t find one, at least – but the combination works. And why isn’t it obvious to put lemon poppyseed and banana together of in one bread? I couldn’t find a recipe like that, either, but I like it!
Everybody knows that banana bread is the best way to use up overripe bananas (except for Pisco. He says they are best stuffed into his Kong). Bananas are great for quick bread because they’re soft, pulpy and moist. The thing is, though, I don’t really like banana bread, or banana-flavored things, just bananas. So I’ve been working on getting banana bread to taste less like bananas and more like other things.
Here’s my first attempt. I took the basic banana bread recipe in Joy of Cooking, checked the proportions in a lemon poppyseed cake recipe and cobbled them together. The poppyseeds give the bread the crunchy texture of a seed cake and add a touch of bitterness, and the lemon brightens up the flavor, both offsetting the mushy-sweetness of the bananas.
Makes 1 loaf
Prep + baking = approx. 1 hr. 15 min.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 1-3/4 c. flour (some of which can be whole wheat, say 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Cream together in a separate, larger bowl:
- 1/3 c. margarine (trans-fat free, of course) or butter
- 2/3 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. grated lemon rind (fresh or dried)
- 1-2 Tb. lemon juice
Beat into the butter-sugar mixture:
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 to 1-1/4 c. ripe banana pulp (about 2 bananas, squished up with a potato masher)
Add the dry ingredients to the wet in 3 parts. Then add:
- 1/4 c. poppy seeds
Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 50 min. to 1 hour, or until knife or chopstick inserted into the center comes out clean.