Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bread Machine Banana Bread Gone Rogue

So I was home sick for another day, and after posting this, (and well, eating most of it), I wanted to whip up another loaf...while I loafed.

First I wanted to make a Jam Bread - which is bread with jam IN it. But Googling Jam Bread in a Bread Machine only brought up results for making actual JAM in a bread machine (who knew?).

So I walked away from the computer and into the kitchen and sliced myself a slice of yesterday's bread, where the smell of ripe bananas gave me another idea. What about Bread Machine Banana Bread?

Back to the computer.

More Googling.

Nothing matched what I wanted to make. A lot of them called for fancy settings on a bread machine - and I don't think Home Bakery II, circa 1989 does more than your basic bread cycle. And the real majority of the recipes were for Quick Breads - no yeast, no rising, just mix and bake.

So, what did I do? I went rogue.

Which is a pretty standard for me.

I decided I was going to work off the basic whole wheat bread, and make it my own.

Here is what I gathered:

3 Cups Whole Wheat Bread Flour
1/2 + 1/8 Cup of NonFat Milk
1/2 + 1/8 Cup of Heavy Cream (these were the two dairy products I had on hand - googling also taught me that the fattier your milk, the fluffier your bread - I want fluffy!)
2 Tbsp of Butter, Softened (I happened to use salted, because I bought way too much of it)
1 Tbsp White Sugar
1-2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
1 Package of Rapid Rising Yeast
1 1/2 Bananas Mashed
1/2 Tsp Almond Extract (Yum)
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract (also, Yum)
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice (not pictured)

Since I'm going rogue, I kept to the basics - liquids on the bottom:

I started with the wet ingredients on the bottom. The Milk, Cream, Butter, Vanilla & Almond Extracts, and Mashed Banana. I also added the Cinnamon & Pumpkin Pie spice at this point - not exactly sure if they will do anything to the yeast.

You call it an egg masher. I call it a multipurpose tool.

Then on top of the liquid layer I poured the flour, and on top of that the salt, sugars, and finally the yeast.

Home Bakery II does have a "light" setting. So I hit that, better to be safe than sorry.

And hit start.

I checked in on the dough - it seemed sticky (should I have put in more flour? too late anyway). A couple hours later, during the rise cycle I checked on it again.

The bread had risen almost all the way to the top of it's container! This was a first in my breadmaking history! Could it be the heavy cream? Could it be the extra volume of banana? Could it be the extra tablespoon of sugar? Who knows! I went rogue!

After this, I made a bit of a cosmetic error. I poked the top of the dough. I was curious how dense it was. Not very. And the middle caved in a bit. I was so close to the bake cycle that it never came back up and so my loaf has a little dent in the top. But really, it didn't effect anything. Just gave it a little character.

The bread came out super light, super airy, and super fluffy! Mission accomplished! I gently carved a few slices - and I mean gently, the crust is solid, but the insides are super light. 
And brewed myself a pot of Cinnamon Spice Tea for One. And enjoyed the banana bread harvest.

In the end, I think it turned out really nicely. I probably would add even more banana next time. The banana smell was great, and flavor was light. I wouldn't have minded a little more of it. I also wouldn't have poked the dough (whoops). I might have added a bit more of the spices - I was worried about overdoing it. And I love walnuts in my banana bread. Home Bakery II does not appear to have a nut setting. I hear most modern day bread makers do - so if yours does, I would encourage throwing those in. Yum! :) 

Thirty Hand Made Days


  1. I would have never thought to make banana bread as a yeast bread in a bread maker!!
    It looks really yummy and the dent you poked on top only gives it character. ;)
    Great minds think alike...my banana bread was pretty good too!

  2. Sounds great Kim! Elm has a few bananas that would be great in a banana bread... I'm going to have to raid the folks bread machine to try this recipe! :)

  3. Amelia - Neither would I! The banana aroma was quite the inspiration - not the same as a quick bread - but sooo tasty! :)

    LN - Ooh, do your parents have an old bread machine? That is AWESOME. You should totally bust it out. IRON CHEF?!? :)

  4. you are SUCH a rogue. i always knew it. and vanilla/almond extract mix is the best thing ever.

  5. Yum! You had some very productive sick days :)

  6. Jess - Mmm...almond. When I remember to actually put it in. I think should get a gallon sized jug of the stuff.

    Boots - If only my cough could be as productive as my sick days. Bleh!