Banana Bread - Mad Scientist Style

Banana bread? Banana cake? To be honest I think there is probably a fine line between them two but I can't figure it out despite reading up a little too much for my own good. However, say what one likes or want, the aroma of banana bread / cake baking in the kitchen evokes a happy feel and tummy rumbles. And if you baked with the kitchen windows open and front door open like I did, then be prepared to offer them some if you happened to catch them looking at your direction. In my case, I didn't dare offer until I took a bite and was sure that my mad scientist version based on feel and whatever memory turned out good.

On a more serious note, I think banana bread is less sweet compared to banana cake since we are looking at less sugar and banana. It is probably a little more dense too since one can actually bake it without baking powder (and it would still taste darn good). Anyone care to enlighten me on the differences?

Of course, this random baking happened because the hubster bought so much bananas (like a few bunches). At any time during my ultra marathon training or race season, the few bunches would be disposed off quite quickly. But here I am, resting out for 12 days after my 200km Monster Ultra - I really can't stomach that much bananas and they were ripening fast. I sometimes freeze them for smoothies but I still have a good stock of ripe ones frozen too so some random baking without paying heed to recipes was needed.

Too much story's the recipe and method! Have fun trying it out. This recipe takes 10 minutes to prep and 1 hour to bake. The hubster rated it 8 out of 10.
• 3 ripe bananans (the dark and browned skin works really well)
• 90g sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 squares of 0.5 oz Hershey's semi dark chocolate squares
• 1 handful of mixed nuts - pecan, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and cashew (I had leftovers from last roasting for my race fuel)
• 1.5 cups of floor
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 125g butter (always use good butter)

• Mash bananas with a fork. 
• Beat eggs.
• Combine with butter and sugar.  Add beaten eggs to this combination. Mix well and add mashed bananas.
• Break chocolate squares. Add chocolate and nuts to the banana mixture. 
Got the hubster to help with breaking up the chocolate. Let's say 70% made it into the cake and the remaining into his mouth.
• Combine baking powder and flour.
• Make a well in the center of the flour.
• Fold in banana mixture.
• Pour mixture into loaf pan. I use a baking sheet instead of oiling the pan.
Slightly lumpy batter
• Bake 170C for 50 minutes. Bake it for an hour if you prefer a thicker crust.
• Slice when it cools down.

It smelt so good that I only waited approximately 10 minutes to slice and have a bite. The mad scientist recipe based on memory (of baking a banana cake eons ago) and random madness in the kitchen (3 instead of 2 bananas, nuts and chocolates) turned out moist. Of course most recipes call for 1/2 cup of butter i.e. 115g but it was too much hassle for me, so I cut a bar of 250g butter into half.
Despite the cracks, the cake was lovely and moist. Can you smell the rich buttery and sweet banana goodness? Come a little close to the screen.

This Mad Scientist Banana bread - they are good to eat all day long especially when they are piping hot. Eat it on its own, let some butter melt on it, a thick layer of cream cheese or nut butter or served with ice cream, they are good all day like how we had it - tea time, supper and breakfast. Perfect with coffee like how I had it with Sifu and my Crayzee buddies, milk last night and masala tea (I have a good stock of Masala tea from my Kerala trip) this morning. 
Rich, moist, fragrant, not too sweet and with crunchy bites of nuts. Added chocolate goodness in every bite after all, how wrong can chocolate and banana go together?
Wrapped it into an aluminium foil and baked it 150C for 10 minutes to heat it up this morning.
Let some butter melt on the banana bread. 
Banana bread with ice cream indulgence

Super easy to make and they keep well in the fridge for a few days if you don't end up chewing on them all day. Happy baking!

And this will be a nice item to bake this Mother's Day too. And Father's day too. Present as it or dress it up a little!

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