Posted by: Jonjon | November 8, 2009

Banana Yeast Bread 9/10 November 9 2009

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25% milk, 17% butter, 14% sugar, 2% yeast, milk powder, salt, banana extract perhaps, 14% eggs, and three bananas to 6 cups flour


* 3/4 cup milk*                                                       177g

* 1/2 cup butter                                                      120g

* 1/2 cup sugar                                                       100g

* 5-1/4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour                         655-748

* 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast   14g

* 3 tablespoons buttermilk powder*

* 1 teaspoon salt

* ¼-½ teaspoon banana extract (optional)

* 2 eggs                                                                  100g

* 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed

*or substitute milk with buttermilk


In the microwave, heat the milk, butter and sugar until butter is melted; cool to 120°-130°.

In mixer, combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, buttermilk powder, salt, banana extract, 2 eggs, bananas and milk mixture; beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

If using mixer to knead, switch to a dough hook and slowly add additional flour if needed and mix on medium speed for about 2-4 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.  If kneading by hand, turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Divide dough in half; shape each into desired shape on parchment paper. Cut slits in tops, cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.  (I baked first 15 minutes with steam and then additional 25 minutes without steam and directly on stone after removing parchment paper).  Place tin foil on top if they start to darken too quickly.



This was even better the next day because as the texture got drier, the texture became chewier and spongier. Umm, in terms of flavor, there was no yeast flavor but rather a slight sweet taste. You could only realise the banana flavor if you got told of it, because it was really subtle.


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