STARBUCKS BANANA WALNUT BREAD
This Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread holds a special place in my heart because it marked my first ever baking adventure.
Back home, baking is not something I grew up with. Firstly, the stoves in India are not ranges with 4 burners and an oven and storage space etc. Second, not everyone has a microwave-oven combo or an oven. So, baking is mostly using a pressure cooker. Of course, things have changed with time and a microwave oven combo has become a part of almost every kitchen and ranges are coming into vogue. But, my trysts with baking began a couple of years ago and the Banana walnut bread was the first ever! It turned out to be so good that I did not bother to tweak in the slightest way ever since. This time, I decided to add a glaze on top, a cinnamon mocha glaze. Yummmm
I call this Starbucks Banana Walnut bread because the recipe is truly from Starbucks. The only thing is that, I did not get it directly from there but a wonderful blogger was handed a recipe card when he/she visited, they tried it and shared it on their blog. I have no memory of the name of the blog or blogger (this was an era where I simply jotted something down from the internet) but, thank you anonymous blogger, for making my first baking experience a pleasant and delicious one!
So, I made this glaze to top the yummy bread and OMG! Does it take it to another level or what?! It is a cinnamon-mocha glaze, a combination of cinnamon powder, coffee, unsweetened cocoa and sugar. D-R-O-O-L.
Here is the recipe for the amazing cinnamon-mocha glaze and of course the bread which opened up a whole new world to me,
PS: For eggless versions, please refer to the “My take” section
Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread
STARBUCKS BANANA WALNUT BREAD
For the Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (+ 1 tbsp for greasing pan)
- 2 tbsp buttermilk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 mashed bananas (ripe on the verge of turning brown)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
For the glaze
- 1/2 large egg (How do you take half? Just whisk one egg, use half for the glaze and discard the rest)
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tbsp of coffee or 1/2 tbsp of instant coffee powder
- 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- Whisk the large egg for the bread. Add sugar and mix.
- Add the oil, vanilla extract and buttermilk in. Make you on butter milk by mixing 1/2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 1/2 tbsp milk mixed allowing it to rest for 5 min.
- Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. At this stage, the batter almost resembles a lump and you will find yourself wondering how this could possibly turn into a moist loaf of bread?!
- Mash the ripe bananas with a fork or a potato-masher and add it in.
- Mix in the chopped walnuts. Reserve some to top the bread with it.
- Transfer the batter into a greased 9 inch loaf pan. Throw on top the remaining chopped walnuts.
- Bake for 60 minutes (or longer) at 350°F (200°C) in a pre-heated oven. I say “or longer” because I have noticed that sometimes (depending on the ripeness or size of bananas I guess), the baking takes more than 60 minutes or sometimes less (rarely). Please insert a toothpick into the center and check if it comes out clean.
- For the glaze, whisk the egg, use only half the quantity.
- Mix the sugar, coffee and cocoa powder and cinnamon powder. Set aside.
- Once the baking is done, let the bread cool on a wired rack for 10-15 minutes. Pour the glaze over liberally. Devour!
If your bananas are super-sized, even three would do the job.
The walnuts add a crunch and blend easily with banana. You could substitute with chopped almonds, raisins or eliminate it altogether.
If you are not a fan of cinnamon, skip it and you've got yourself a mocha glaze!
Vegans & Vegetarians: Replace egg with 1/4 cup apple sauce or 1/4 cup yogurt in baking. Use 3 tbsp of melted butter + 3tbsp of cream/milk in place of the egg.