It’s late October and I could be baking anything with apple or pumpkin right now, but I chose bananas. Welcome to Jordana Banana Bakes/Nika Tortilla Travels, featuring the names of our girls who consistently inspire me. Jordana Holiday (now six) was born in October, and how timely as I give blog birth this month. I am eager to share both my kitchen journeys and my real life treks with you.
I love autumn, but as for winter, I love only the first of snows, before the slush, ice and drab set in. I love the winter views, but often while sitting by the warm side of the window. Yes- love the toques, thick coats, holding warm cocoa with mittens and all that, but only for a brief time. You see, I was born on an island, in hot climate, and was not completely winterized growing up. So when December rushes in like a mad woman in the market (and it will soon enough) I do a little internal dance when I see oranges that mound their way above the ubiquitous apples. I'm a locavore, but I'm also a traveller, and it's difficult to overlook those oranges and clementines reminding us of vacation sunsets. Same feeling (if not more so) when I see my favourite, the succulent, ever-sexy yellow-orange mango. And of course the always smiling banana.
While I very much look forward to baking with the local fruits of the season, banana bread is always comforting, anytime of the year. Topped with a banana chip streusel, this super-moist bread is given an extra wonderful, crunchy, complementary cuddle.
Jordana Banana Bread with Banana Chip Streusel (Makes 1 loaf)
1 cup organic all-purpose flour
1/2 cup organic whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe organic bananas (about 3)
2 large organic eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water
Streusel: Mix together 2 Tbsp golden brown sugar, 2 Tbsp granola and 4 Tbsp crushed banana chips
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour a large metal loaf pan. Whisk flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, stir together mashed bananas, eggs, oil, honey and water. Add dry ingredients and stir until just blended (batter will be wet).
Transfer batter to pan. Evenly sprinkle streusel on top (do not press down) and bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Cool bread in pan for 30 minutes. Turn the pan on its side and gently slide bread out, being careful not to disturb topping. Cool bread right side up. Serve warm or at room temperature. © 2012 www.jordanabananabakes.blogspot.ca
Inspired by a recipe from Bon Appétit.