American

Dark banana bread with orange

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July 30, 2019
Author Notes

I started thinking how banana breads are good with things that have a hint of bitter, like coffee and chocolate, and wondered what experimenting with a small amount of blackstrap molasses would do. I am very satisfied with the result of this experimentation, which is a kind of a gingerbread-banana bread hybrid, only better than either of those two things makes it sound. With its cardamom and orange and slight dark note from the hint of molasses it reminds me of Faery or Christmas in an Alpine winter. I urge caution in trying more molasses; it begins to edge out the banana flavor in larger quantities. —Starmade

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 40 minutes
  • Makes 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe banana (2 large or 3 medium)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 orange, grated peel and juice
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a loaf pan and measure out the first 8 (dry) ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mash the banana. I like to use a 2 cup size glass measuring cup because all the liquid ingredients add up to exactly two cups. Add egg, oil, molasses, golden syrup, vanilla, the peel from 1 orange grated with a microplane, and about a quarter cup of the juice.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into dry and mix together, and pour into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Cook about 40-45 minutes.

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