For me, banana bread has always been one of those things I make when I have too many bananas at home and they are about to get very ripe. Once in blue moon I would crave it, but if I am being honest, it’s never been that exciting for me to make.
I really, really, wanted to get excited about it, because banana bread, (if it tastes exciting) really does make a delicious treat either for breakfast, or with a nice cup of warm coffee. After many, many trials, I finally created the absolute perfect, taste bud exploding banana bread that will actually leave you wanting more! (It just might knock your socks off!)
My recipe has one ingredient, that took me quite a few trips to the grocery store, before I finally discovered the best place to get it and that is espresso powder. Espresso powder is a bit different than instant coffee. It is a much higher form of concentration than instant coffee, and has a very fine powdery texture. What I like about it is, it is not overpowering in baked goods if you use a small amount. Additionally, it will not give your food a coffee flavor, it will just heighten the flavor to a dramatically new level! My favorite espresso powder to use is this one. Now, time to show our taste buds some love!
|Prep Time: 10 minutes||Bake Time: 50-60 minutes|
|Serves: About 4-6||Total Time: 70 minutes|
5 tbsp unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
3 bananas (reserve 1 for the top decoration)
2 tbsp grape molasses (this is my favorite)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp espresso powder
2 tsp cinnamon (this is a good one)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (omit if butter is salted) I love and have been using this one.
*Optional 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2.Melt the butter in a small pan until it turns slightly golden brown. (Swirl it around every couple of minutes so it doesn’t burn.)
3. Once it turns a light golden brown color, turn heat off and set aside.
4. Take one banana and slice it in two, thin, long pieces and set aside. (See photo)
5. In a medium bowl, mash the two bananas, and whatever (if any) was left over from slicing the third banana.
6. Add egg, molasses, sugar, cooled melted butter, and vanilla extract and stir. (If adding chopped walnuts, mix that in as well.)
7. Add espresso powder, cinnamon, flour, baking soda, and salt. Carefully place sliced bananas on top of the batter so they don’t break and press them in so they are not sticking out too much.
8. Add batter to a 9 inch loaf pan (I used this) greased and lined with parchment paper (I like this one) and bake for about 50-60 minutes.
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