Friday, November 15, 2013

Banana Loaf Cake

Good morning it´s Friday!  Friday is my favourite day of the week cause it´s the start of the weekend and although I have to execute some orders this weekend, it means I get to spend some quality time with my precious family!

Buenos días es viernes! El viernes es mi día favorito de la semana porque es el inicio del fin de semana y aunque tengo que hacer algunos pedidos este fin de semana, significa que tengo la oportunidad de pasar algún tiempo de calidad con mi preciosa familia!




I baked this banana bread a week ago but since I had my birthday in-between I wanted to post the photos of my birthday cake first.. you´ll absolutely love this banana loaf bread, it´s packed with flavour and to make it taste even better I added pecan nut, honey and cinnamon topping that adds just the right amount of crunch and makes it even more yummier :-) :-)

Yo preparé este pan de plátano hace una semana, pero como tuve mi cumpleaños durante la semana, quería poner un post con fotos de la tarta de mi cumple primero .. Le encantará este pan, pan de plátano, está lleno de sabor y para que sepa mejor lo cubrí con nuez, miel y canela que le da un toque crujiente y la hace aún más deliciosa :-) :-)



Banana bread reminds me of when I was a child, my mother used to bake it often because thats what we do in South Africa with left over ripe bananas.. we make banana bread with them :-)  
I can remember the times I opened my lunch tin at school and inside there were thick slices of banana bread.. I can remember the smell like it was yesterday.. :-)  Isn´t it amazing how smells can take you back in time.. sometimes good memories, sometimes bad.. luckily this smell brings back good memories :-)

El pan de plátano me recuerda cuando yo era niña, mi madre solía hornear a menudo porque eso es lo que hacemos en Sudáfrica con los plátanos maduros .. hacemos el pan de plátano con ellos :-) Recuerdo las veces que abrí mi cesta de almuerzo en la escuela y en su interior habían gruesas rebanadas de pan de plátano .. Puedo recordar el olor como si fuera ayer .. :-) No es asombroso como los olores se pueden trasladar en el tiempo .. A veces los buenos recuerdos, a veces los malos .. afortunadamente este olor trae buenos recuerdos :-)



so lets get started on the recipe..

vamos a empezar con la receta

RECIPE:
VERSIÓN ESPAÑOL

For the bread..

Ingredients:
1 ¾ cup All Purpose Flour
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter at room temperature
4 Ripe Bananas, lightly mashed
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp Whole Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:
Preheat your oven to 175ºC.Grease a 23 x 13cm loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla and mix to combine.  Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix together until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!! Add milk while mixing in the dry ingredients.  Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. At the 50 minute mark test it by inserting a toothpick in the center and if it comes out really wet than let it go until 1 hour and 10 minutes, if it comes out with a little wet batter than cook it for only 1 hour.  When ready, let it cool for about 20 minutes then pour over the topping.. (to follow..)



for the Topping:

Ingredients:
250g of pecan nuts
2/3 cup of honey
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla ectract

Method:
Heat the honey in a pot on medium to high temp and when it starts to boil reduce the temperature to medium, add the cinnamon and vanilla extract, mix well and lastly add the pecan nuts.  Leave to simmer on low to medium temperature for 10 minutes and pour the hot mixture over your already cooled banana bread! Enjoy!



This recipe is very easy to make, perfect for those ripe bananas lying around.. and perfect for these cloudy autumn days we have here in the village of San Mateo.. and perfect as a gift, simply wrap your loaf in wax paper and tie it with a string or bake small loaf cakes as in the photo below (I made the small round one for a friend and popped it in a pretty round box and she really loved it..).

Esta receta es muy fácil de hacer, ideal para esos plátanos maduros que nos sobran .. y es perfecto para estos días nublados de otoño que tenemos aquí en el pueblo de San Mateo .. y perfecto como un regalo, simplemente envuelva su pan en papel vegetal y lo atan con una cuerda u hornee panes pequeños como en la foto de abajo (hice esta pequeña ronda para una amiga y la puse en una bonita caja redonda, realmente le encantó ..).



Well then, my Friday is about to start in full swing and this afternoon I get to watch my 3 year old son play his 1st football/soccer game ever.. I´m super excited as any mother would be :-)  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Pues bien, mi Viernes está a punto de comenzar en pleno apogeo y esta tarde podré a ver a mi hijo de 3 años de edad jugar su primer partido .. Estoy súper emocionada como cualquier madre estaría :-) Espero que todos tengan un fin de semana maravilloso!



24 comments:

  1. qué rico Johlene!!!...y el toque de la miel me parece estupendo!!!...tiene una pinta estupenda!

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    1. Muchas gracias Charo, a mi me gusta mucho el sabor de miel y creo que podemos combinarlo con muchos diferente ingredientes :-)

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  2. Wow it looks really yummy, I love anything with banana flavour, but this topping mmmmm
    i will do it for sure!

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    1. I´m also in favour of products with banana flavour but I like to push the limits and this topping really just makes this bread more tastier :-) Xx

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  3. Que buena pinta y como tiene que estar con esa cobertura !!!!!!!!!!

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  4. mmmmm...que pinta! qué cobertura más rica!! Eres una artista!
    Un beso

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    1. Me alegro que te guste, gracias por el cumplido, lo aprecio mucho!!! Un beso Xx

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  5. Oh my gosh Johlene - my mouth watered when I saw this! This topping takes this banana bread over the TOP! I absolutely LOVE it and think it's brilliant! I don't know why I didn't think of it before - but I'm so glad you did! I must try this! Pinning!

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    1. Hey there, I´m glad you liked it!! Just saw your pumpkin cookie post and I´m definitely going to try it!! Xx

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  6. What a gorgeous banana loaf with such a brilliant topping! Thank you for sharing. I'm officially inspired and hungry!

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    1. Hi, thanks so much for your comment, it´s only a pleasure.. the only way to control that hunger is by baking one of these for yourself ;-) Xx

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  7. Qué pinta más rica que tiene, la verdad es que ya lo puedo oler desde aquí mmm.
    ¡Feliz cumpleaños con retraso! Espero que lo pasaras bien y que comieses mucha tarta jajaja.
    Un beso C:

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    1. Thanks so much Consuelo, like they say in english: it´s better late than never..lol. Es fenomenal que podemos hablar en inglés o español.. ;-) Un beso Xx

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  8. The honey nut topping on top of this luscious loaf sounds spectacular!!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth!!! Have a great Tuesday (although you probably still sleeping your Monday night..lol) Xx

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  9. uy uy uyyy que bueniiiiisima pinta!!!

    http://acomerconmama.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Muchas gracias Regla, me alegro que te guste!! Un beso X

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  10. This looks incredible, I'm wishing there was a piece of this for breakfast for me today! :(

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for your comment, I´d have banana bread for breakfast any day :-) Xx

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  11. Happy belated birthday! This bread looks amazing with that topping, although those look more like walnuts than pecans to me.

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    1. Thanks Laura! You just might be right about the nuts, here in Spain I´m not sure if pecans are ´nueces´ or if they are walnuts.. I get mixed opinions.. I need to find out!!! hahaha Xx

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  12. Yum! I have several ripe bananas on my counter right now, and I was just debating whether I should bake with them or freeze them for smoothies. I think I have my answer! This loaf looks delicious!

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    1. I wish I had some ripe bananas lying around, all I can find in the shops & markets are green bananas and a friend wanted me to bake this bread for him.. he´ll have to wait.. Tell me how yours comes out! Xx

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