Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Plantain a.k.a Banana Bread with raisins | Yeasted Bread Recipes

I think am on a bread baking spree and I know I have told that loads of times before but I just can't stop myself. But these days I am in a banana bread baking spree. I already have posted one, I have two in my drafts and now here I am with another one. The only up-lift for me is that it is a "yeast-ed bread".

Thinking about it, I think I know why I am on the lookout for banana breads. Every weekend, I buy bananas by the dozen to refill my fruit basket. By midweek they become extremely ripe and start wilting. And then its time for me to go haywire. In a frenzy, I start making banana breads to use up the over-ripe bananas. Not wanting to use the same BB recipe again and again, I have started bookmarking new BB recipes so that I can refer them when the fever starts again.

I adapted this from Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen and added golden raisins. Since I didn't have wilting bananas, I used ripe plantains in its place. Plantains generally have a strong flavor and so did the bread. We had them for breakfast, toasted with some butter and smeared with a generous amount of nutella and it was bliss in a plate!!!

~*What U Need*~
All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Warm water + milk - 1/8 cup
Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Ripe Plantain - 2
Salt - a pinch
Active dry yeast - 1 tsp
Brown sugar - 2 tbsp
Dried raisins - 1/4 cup

How I Made it:
Peel ripe plantain, slit and remove the black seeds. Add yeast to warm water+milk in a bowl and let it froth for 10 mins. When ready, add salt, sugar, mashed banana, oil and mix well. Slowly start adding the flour and make a smooth dough.

Knead well for 10 - 15 minutes till smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a wet cloth and allow to double in volume for about 1 hour.

When double, punch down the dough to deflate, add the raisins, distribute evenly and shape into a loaf and place in a greased loaf pan. Cover loosely and let it rise for about 45 minutes.

Alternatively you could also spread some cinnamon sugar, roll it and then allow it to rise for 45 mins. Preheat the oven to 190 C. Brush the top of the loaf with milk. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or till the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped and the top is golden.

Slice, toast and serve smeared with Nutella!!!

** My Notes:
** You can replace plantains with bananas too
** Add some nuts or chocolate chips or dried cranberries for difference
** You could also spread some cinnamon sugar, roll it and then allow it to rise for 45 mins and then bake it
** You can replace 1/2 cup of flour with wheat four too.
** Add a tbsp of wheat gluten if needed
** Add 1 tbsp of flaxseed to make it more healthier.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Banana bread looks awesome dear...

  2. Using plantain and with yeast is completely new to me.. Bread has come out perfectly dear.. Am sure it must have been great with nutella...

  3. It looks simply delicious. NEW N PERFECTLY DONE

  4. Wow... My lil will love with ever...

  5. It looks nice n soft. bookmarked !!

  6. so soft and yummy it looks dear.

  7. perfectly baked bread

  8. such a soft one.. u shd hv sent tis parceled to me..

  9. Oooo...with nutella, defintely yum!

  10. well made vimitha.. nice work :)

  11. It looks very soft,perfectly baked!!

  12. Perfect bake, the bread with nutella, simply tempting..

  13. It came out super good Vimitha. Looks wonderful.

  14. Raisin bread is my favorite. yours look so good.

  15. Very well done Vimitha. The cake looks super soft.

  16. Very well done..soft,sweet raisin bread....must be delicious with Nutella....

  17. Delicious bread that too with plantain yumm.

  18. You had a hit with the banana pancakes and now you've got another with this plantain bread, Vimitha. In case you want another recipe for using up ripened bananas, my daughter swears by the one at America's Test Kitchen.

  19. wow,,what a healthy way to use up plantains and the bread look very soft,perfectly baked!!
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  20. Wow..loved the texture of bread..looks great..Perfect..

  21. that has come out perfect...wow

  22. ur so right! once u start using yeast u just cant seem to stop!lol.......i had the yeast fever too :) ur bread looks awesome

  23. Just cant take my eyes from ur soft and beautiful loaves, fabulous bread Vimitha.

  24. Perfectly baked bread Vimitha! Well done!


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