Spicy Molasses Banana Bread





Spicy Molasses Banana Bread

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (scant)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 medium ripe bananas, finely mashed

1/2 cup packed brown sugar3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons molasses
1 large egg

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8x4-inch loaf pan.

Sift together all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, in a medium sized mixing bowl.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together banana, brown sugar, milk, butter, molasses, and egg, until well combined. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture, until just combined.
Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until edges are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into bread comes out with moist crumbs attached.

Yield: 1 loaf

44 comments:

  1. I think I'll give the milk challenge a miss (I'm pretty sure I know the outcome for me), but as for the banana bread - a large slice please.

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  2. Not me! I couldn't win that one, but I bet my mom could. Ever since I was a kid I remember her drinking quite a bit of milk every single day.
    Your banana bread looks great! I particularly love your last photo.

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  3. I made banana bread yesterday too! I entered it in the Banana Bread Bake Off. It seems boring but really is there anything better than a warm slice of banana bread with melty butter on top? I must go eat banana bread...

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  4. It's actually impossible to drink a gallon of milk in an hour and keep it down. I used to work in energy trading and it was always a bet the traders would take with newbies right out of college who didn't know any better. Everybody throws up. Your body can't digest that much milk that quick and so basically it overflows. It is a pretty fun trick to play on people though. (especially super arrogant people).
    Your banana bread looks good. Sorry it was boring for you.

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  5. I have heard of the milk challenge. No, I don't think I could do it. I'm really bad at drinking things quickly or forcing myself to drink something.

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  6. What a strange contest! But I could totally do that...I drink more milk than anyone I know! :)

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  7. Emiline this looks so damn good! Omg a gallon of milk!!

    Maria
    x

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  8. Nooo don't send the picture!! please spare me.. hehe. I could never do something like that.
    The cake looks yummy but i'll take a glass of brandy with it instead.

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  9. If a I drank all that milk, I would have more gas than the Hindenburg.

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  10. A banana bread is in my list-to-do for a long time now. Your sister is really brave to enter that competition.

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  11. no, i wouldn't be up for the milk challenge.
    how about an ice cream eating contest? sign me up for that.

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  12. Nothing boring about your banana bread - it looks heavenly!

    Hempmilk for me, please! :0)

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  13. I love making banana bread, especially when I go visit my parents...may have to try this one out. It looks great! As to the milk challenge, I honestly don't think it's possible. Your tummy can't handle it. I've heard of people getting the gallon down, but noone can keep it down!

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  14. I am cracking up at the milk challenge, sounds disgusting, I'd be the first one to spew!

    Your bread however looks beautiful and perfectly done. The molasses sounds like a really nice touch. Have a good rest of your weekend!

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  15. I don't think it's impossible. I think if you get your body used to all that milk over a period of time, then it's very possible.
    Maybe next year...

    Also, glamah16's comment made me laugh.

    Oh and, I love that my 3rd grader handwriting is visible on the milk.

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  16. Hannah, I think you're right. I think it's possible, if you practice.

    I know! Isn't Glamah16 so funny?!

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  17. well, i'm excited to see a new banana bread post because you know i have lots that are ripe- in fact, i'm going to make this either today or tomorrow.....thank you!

    as for the milk.....ewww maybe i could get through one glass but that's all

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  18. This looks awesome...and...
    there is no way I would even WANT to win a milk challenge...a coffee challenge maybe...

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  19. ...and herein lies the difference - to you banana bread is kind of boring - for me it's advanced baking :)

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  20. Hmmm. Interesting challenge. Is this what your sis does for fun? :) The bread looks good. I agree that it's hard to wax poetic about a banana bread recipe, but I do have some aging bananas to use up.

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  21. Haha there are no winners in a dairy challenge.

    And banana bread: ubiquitous, yes. But when perfectly executed, it is elevated to planes above that of mere mortals.

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  22. No, I would never win the milk challenge. Maybe a soy milk challenge, or maybe if the milk came in the form of a cappuccino, otherwise, no!

    That does remind me of the cracker challenge, which is eating 6-8 saltine crackers in (I forget) 1-2 minutes. I tried it. Failure. My older brother tried it. Twice. Epic failure. My younger brother tried it. Failure. My dad said he was going to try it, but didn't have any crackers at the house. My mom thought we were strange! (I decided to spare my friends the agony.)

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  23. I do love milk, but milk don't love me, so the sound of that dairy-rich challenge makes my insides shudder and melt a bit. that cake looks good beside a nice cold glass of milk, though. :)

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  24. I witnessed a successful gallon challenge when I lived in the dorms. The guy wasn't lactose intolerant...but that didn't stop his body from reacting like it was...
    anyways, I too have a molding banana in the cupboard. Not too fond of eating banana bread, but the smell is a religous experience. so good

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  25. seriously, this sounds amazing. i'm making it tomorrow. many thanks for the recipe! sidenote: i love your header. r u a designer?

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  26. We, Spaniards, think that this kind of things only happen in America!!! What's the purpose? Gosh, I couldn't drink two glasses of milk... I don't like it much :(. However, in the north of Spain, the Basque people, do competitions on cutting logs or raising huge rocks...
    My daughter has the Guinness Records 2007 book and it's so amazing what people do!!! Not my kind of competition ;-)

    Banana bread sounds wonderful. Have to wait for Santa to bring me the baking-bread machine :D

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  27. This looks so good!! I have a BUNCH of bananas ready to use for baking right away and couldn't think of a creative way to use them. Molasses is one of my favorite flavors, so I will defintiely have to try this!

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  28. I'll pass on the milk challenge Emiline but your banana bread looks SO delish!!

    Rosie x

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  29. I've actually heard that the milk challenge is physically impossible. But I've never tried. I've seen way too many people try before, and it's not a pretty sight.

    The banana bread sounds great!

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  30. I have no interest in entering the milk challenge, let alone winning it! I've never understood these kinds of things - why people would want to force feed themselves anything is beyond me.

    But banana bread, on the other hand, is always a good thing!

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  31. Linda, no, I'm not a designer, but sometimes I pretend to be.

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  32. My brother in law won a milk challenge. He said he peed for 2 solid minutes after the hour was up.
    Never thought I would share that with anyone...but you asked.

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  33. The banana bread looks lovely and moist and I will have it with 1 glass of milk only.

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  34. I LOVE milk!! i acan drink it anytime of the say! and your banana bread just makes it an easier challenge for me:)

    that looks soft and aromatic Emiline!:)

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  35. big huge *bleck* to any plain milk thingy...its like you are asking your stomach to make 'instant' yoghurt.


    banana bread...thats another story

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  36. The banana bread looks very very good. My mom made some the other day and it was sooo dry. Don't tell her I said that though.
    I think I am going to give her your recipe...

    As for the milk challange- not for me. I can't drink too much milk anymore. As I got older I became a little lactose intolerant. :(

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  37. That sure looks good! Though, for some reason, I'm not a molasses fan. It's just a very pungent flavor to me. I feel weird telling people I don't like to eat gingerbread men.

    Emm... now I have an image of your sister throwing up milk curds in your backyard...not that I know what your sister looks like or anything.

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  38. I haven't baked banana bread in ages, Emiline! This looks so yummy.

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  39. This bread sounds heavenly! I like my banana bread to be all moist and cake-like. Now I want banana bread!!

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  40. The milk challenge sounds like a bad idea. Banana with molasses, a better idea.

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  41. Hey Emily!

    I just made this bread, and I think I did something wrong... it just wasn't sweet at all! It was very moist, but is it supposed to be sweet? I know there is no sugar in the recipe and I'm wondering if there is supposed to be?

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  42. Hi Mallory,

    Thanks for trying the recipe! Honestly, it's been so long since I made this, I can't remember my intentions of the sweetness. It seems unlikely that I'd not put any sugar in it. I am the Sugar Plum afterall! I think you found a mistake. I'll alter the recipe and add brown sugar. Do you think a 1/2 cup would work?

    I'm sorry about this! Was the bread still edible? :(

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  43. No worries at all!! I was just wondering if you had put any sugar in it. It was definitely still edible with some nut butter or nutella! :) Very moist.

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