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Mini Banana Breads

by Cook | Taste | Live on June 1, 2013, one comment

Finally this crazy, stupid month came to an end.! Let me explain; It’s not that me and May don’t get along. On the contrary, it’s the month that always reminds me that Summer is on its way. At least when I am in Greece.. because in the UK, May is just another rainy month that reminds me that Spring has probably lost its way. But I’ m not going to whine about the English weather (at least not now.. not in this post!). There are so many things to complain about. mini banana breads For the past few weeks, the list of my most frequently used words has been short and it includes: exams, reports, dissertation, coursework, deadline (..tomorrow!), etc etc. I guess that makes me the most boring person that you could have a conversation with. Unless you are interested in agile software engineering methodologies, test-driven development, data analysis and a bunch of other geeky stuff. mix At least now there is only one exam left! Only one. Next week. So yesterday a couple of friends came to my house to study together. First thought: “People coming over? It sounds like a good reason to bake. I need to offer them something. Something healthy but at the same time appetizing and delicious, something that will keep our energy levels high.” I went to the kitchen and saw some spotted and overripe bananas on the counter. Poor, ugly bananas.. I forgot you again. One thing came to my mind! Banana Bread! Of course. banana-bread280 This time I used my favourite ramekins to make mini banana breads instead of muffins. The recipe makes 4-6 mini banana breads. banana-bread319 The cakes were moist and soft, but not overly sweet or dense. Everyone loved them. Of course they disappeared before we finished the last chapter. banana-bread-studying

Mini Banana Breads
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Yield: 4-6 mini banana breads (baked in ramekins)
Ingredients
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinammon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C
  2. Lightly grease the ramekins.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and the cinammon.
  4. In another bowl beat the mashed bananas with the melted butter and the sugar until thoroughly blended.
  5. Add the egg and the yoghurt. Mix well.
  6. Gently stir banana mixture into flour mixture and add the chocolate chips - mix until ingredients are just combined.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

 
Caramelized Bananas - Topping
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Ingredients
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cinammon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons black rum
Instructions
  1. Slice bananas into rounds.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, mix the butter, the sugar and the honey and heat over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the bananas, cinammon and salt.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce starts to caramelize and thiken and bananas are soft.
  5. Stir the rum and cook for 2-3 more minutes.


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