Saturday, July 20, 2013

Recipe: Banana walnut bread with fresh lemon curd (Curtis Stone)

I am not sure why Curtis Stone called this a banana bread because it tastes more like a cake (to me), but what I DO know is that this is one delicious bake. It is moist with a beautiful crust, with copious amounts of walnuts. My family was certainly impressed. 

Banana walnut bread

The "Mummy and Baby D" team baked this while Baby C was in school. A pretty straightforward bake, Baby D helped with all the simple tasks such as sifting the flour, mashing the bananas, folding the batter and finally pouring it into the loaf tin. Amazing little boy! The only thing I changed is reducing the sugar and serving it with some fresh lemon curd.


You know they say kids don't lie. My daughter came home from school, had a slice of cake, still warm from the oven and said,"Mummy Baby Sumo, put this in your blog. I love you, your cake is so nice." Those were her exact words (it's funny right, my daughter calling me Baby Sumo), and it put a really huge smile on my face! This is certainly what all mummies who cook/bake want to hear from their children ;) Definitely gives me the incentive to continue cooking/baking more delicious food for my family.


Mummy and Baby D bake team :)


Even after reducing the sugar, I found the cake was on the sweet side for me since it was etched in my brain that this was a "bread", but everyone else didn't seem to mind (cakes are meant to be sweet, I guess). That's why I liked the pairing with fresh lemon curd - the tanginess of the curd cut down some of the sweetness of the cake. The texture of this bake is like a cake - very lovely. This is quite a big loaf, you will get at least 15 slices out of it - and we almost finished the whole cake, leaving just a couple for the following morning for breakfast. It remained moist the following day, and just as good as it was warm.



Am glad that I tried this recipe from Curtis Stone, it is definitely a keeper ;) Now I can see why this is one of the most popular recipes amongst our blogger friends in this bloghop.


Served with fresh lemon curd - a touch of sunshine on a rainy day


Banana walnut bread
Recipe adapted from Curtis Stone
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 - 1 1/4 hours
Serves 8

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable/corn oil
3 large very ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups), mashed
2 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups walnuts, roughly chopped

To serve
1/2 quantity fresh lemon curd (recipe by Baby Sumo)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Butter 1 (9- by 5- by 3-inch) loaf pan, then dust with flour, knocking out excess.

2. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl.

3. Beat the eggs and sugar using an electric mixer at medium-high speed until very thick and pale and mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted, about 5-6 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add oil in a slow stream, mixing, then mix in bananas, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in flour mixture and walnuts gently but thoroughly.

4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, spreading evenly, and bake in middle of oven until golden brown and a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. (mine took 1 hour)

5. Cool loaf in pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack. Turn loaf right side up and cool completely. Slice and serve with some fresh lemon curd or butter.






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14 comments:

  1. I love banana cake(or bread)! :P
    Have it with a cup of good coffee, perfectly match, hahaha.

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    1. Hehe my mum say same as her! Coffee + cake.

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  2. My mother favourite cake/bread. Looks delicious. It is happy to hear when your family gave you compliments on your food. That is the best in the world. I know cause I have been there. That is why baking or cooking for my family destress me from my hectic work life.

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  3. this does look beautifully alluring. a healthy-looking cross between bread and cake (and more flavorsome than regular cake) :D

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    1. Very good bake! I have friends who have baked this already and love it.

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  4. I just made banana cake with chocolate rice from the old recipe, but yours with walnut, I prefer yours, hehehe..

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  5. I love your baking team, very cute!! Love the addition of walnuts in the bread

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  6. I think this looks like a cake as well! Looks so yummylicious!

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  7. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comJuly 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Banana cake is my favourite and with walnut, oh no... I'm droolingggggg

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  8. I agree with you that this is a keeper! Especially when it doesn't use any butter but so moist and delicious!

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  9. Hi Yen,

    Yeah... you are right that this recipe is the most popular one in this event. Now it has been more than triple-confirmed that it is a good recipe. Love to bookmark this and bake it when the banana season is back!

    Zoe

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  10. wow....fresh from oven! Looks so good. I'll spread a layer of Nutella. Then it'll look like chocolate banana cake/bread ;-)

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  11. This is indeed a very good recipe, I shall bake this again when I have some left over bananas.

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  12. I USE BLACK WALNUTS THAT I GROUND TO POWDER IN MY MINI FOOD PROCESSOR,THEN BLEND INTO THE BATTER....I CALL IT "ESSENCE OF WALNUT BANANA BREAD,AND IT IS DELICIOUS....PLUS,YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BITING INTO A NUT AND CRACKING A TOOTH.

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