Going Bananas!

One Banana Morning
Posted for NCC Banana Week
I really, really, really, enjoy making breads. It’s fun, it’s therapeutic, it’s satisfying. The simpler the better. This one is a very simple bread modified from very basic bread recipe, the one with only flour, water, yeast, a little sugar and salt. No eggs, no milk, no fat. You know you’re alright without all those.
What I like about this bread is that it is flavored with natural ingredients called the mighty banana and honey. No filling needed, the bananas turned into one whole bread boasting nice aroma and naturally sweet flavor, at the same time it adds moisture in your bread that makes you go mmm..
You can use any bread recipe you like. Matter of fact, I encourage you to use your favorite one instead of my simple version. Just substitute the liquid with banana puree and you’re good to go.
Banana & Honey Bread
Banana & Honey Bread
Original recipe by Jamie Oliver, modified by Riana
500 gram bread flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 envelope (11 gr) instant yeast
3 large bananas, pureed
4 Tbsp honey
water as needed
1/2 tsp salt
Any nuts available in your cupboard, as for me, it’s almond and black sesame seeds, toasted
A little honey and melted butter for drizzling

  1. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients except salt: bread flour, sugar, instant yeast.
  2. Stir in banana puree, honey and a little bit of water. Knead. Add water little by little as you go until the dough is soft enough to your touch. Stir in salt, continue kneading until you have a smooth silky elastic dough. Throw in the nuts, knead until incorporated.
  3. 1st proofing: put the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with clingwrap, let it rise for about 30 minutes.
  4. 2nd proofing: once the dough has doubled in size, punch it to let out the air, then shape the dough to your fancy. What’s for today? Bun? Roll? Log? Braid? Crocodile? Let it rise in a lightly floured baking tray for about 30-60 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven at 190 degree Celsius. Drizzle or brush the dough with honey+butter mix, bake for about 20 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when you tap.

Snuggling in the Pan
Now I’m going bananas..


15 thoughts on “Going Bananas!”

  1. Riana,
    This is such a great idea. Your bread makes me drool πŸ™‚
    Gotta bookmark this to try. Thanks for sharing.

    I envy Pepy ‘coz she can watch JO on Food Network regularly.

    Mbak Tuty, langganan cable tv aja, biar bisa liat JO regularly juga πŸ™‚ ———Riana

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE banana bread. This one looks so yummy and easy. Gotta try very soon. Love your blog and thanks for sharing this one.

    Yes, very easy and taste so good. Thank you for coming by, Lily.. ———-Riana

  3. hmm..looks so yummy. gotta try this at my lil’ kitchen. by the way, am big fans of your blog :)good writing, great photos, u sure know how to whet appetite! can’t wait to see ur next posting

    Dewi, you’re too kind.. thank youuuuuuu ———Riana

  4. i’ll give this a try. definitely! i love yr site. yr pics. yr recipes. everything! thanks for sharing.. πŸ™‚

    stop, you’re too kind *blushing* πŸ™‚ ———Riana

  5. Mba Riii…. ga kuat iman ku menolakk…ck…ck…yummy… terima orderan ya ?? *** bingung mau pesan breadnya ato photonya ya ***

    Boleh dua-duanya, hehehe… ——-Riana

  6. duh…susah ga bikinnya..??? pengen coba takut gagal, bread flour itu merk apa ya??

    loohh, jangan pernah takut gagal dunk Sinta, kalo takut gagal nanti gak pernah ngapa-ngapain πŸ™‚ Bread Flour itu tepung terigu cakra. ——–Riana

  7. Hi I stumbled across your site, and I just love your articles and your photos are superb. Wish I was able to take photos like that. I have started a website to help parents provide their children with a love of food and healthy kids food http://www.kidshealthyrecipes.com
    We have a family favourite for banana bread so when I saw your articles supporting banana week I just had to comment, here is our family favourite http://www.kidshealthyrecipes.com/index.php/kids-school-lunches/banana-bread/

    Keep up the good work and your pictures are making me want to go and do some baking…

  8. What kind of banana’s that you used? was it ‘barangan banana’ or ‘ambon banana’ or ‘raja banana’? hehehe

    I used Cavendish. You can use any kind of banana πŸ™‚ ———Riana

  9. I have never made a banana bread with yeast before but I do like making quick breads the best recipe I ever tried had sour cream in the batter. So moist and delicious, do you ever throw your banana’s in the freeze when they are beyond the eating point? Those are the banana’s I bake with.

    Hi Marjorie, yes, I do, and I think it’s the best banana to use for baking. Extremely weet and mushy πŸ™‚ ———-Riana

  10. i should try it. my son n hubby love bread s’much.(hehe..flour mills, dats where my hubby working at, but he isnt a baker :)…)
    mbak, how to make a great banana puree ? u grated it or ? with all its whole seed ?
    thank you so very much for this great blog ^_^

  11. heheheh…mba termasuk salah satu inspirator awal saya…pertama kali liat blog mba (nyasar gituh) sekitar bulan September 2009, ngecessss deh ngliat fotonya…secara belum bisa masak…truss,alhamdulillah sekarang punya waktu luang buat masak sekitar 6 bulan yang lalu…dan bertekad mau cobain resep2 dari mba…terbukti dakuh sudah beberapa kali coba resep mba,alhamdulillah jadi dan enyaaaaaaaaaaaak…..termasuk yang ini juga….hihihi…cuman ak pake resep roti empuk NCC, penasaran krn belum pernah buat roti empuk…makasi ya mba, keep on blogging!

    Terimakasih, terimakasiiih.. senang bisa bermanfaat *hug* ———-Riana

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