Peanut butter and banana bread…

by Sunita on September 15, 2008

Another new day…another new week. Hope all of you had a relaxing weekend and a great start to the week. Of course, with two active kids around, our weekends are anything but quiet…but, yes, it’s nice to have them around and do things at our own pace.

I love baking bread…kneading the dough, watching it rise and smelling the wonderful aromas wafting through the house, as it bakes away…gives me so much pleasure and brings a spring to my step. The following peanut butter and banana bread,

which we enjoyed for breakfast a while ago, made me go through all those emotions…making all the trouble, worthwhile. The following recipe has been adapted from this, to which I made my own substitutions and measurements to make it my own…and hence, I’m noting it down…

What’s needed-

2 tsp fast action dried yeast
5-6 tblsp warm water
1/2 C milk, scalded and cooled
1 large, ripe banana, mashed
4 tblsp chunky peanut butter
1 egg
3/4 tsp salt
3 and 1/2 C of plain flour+extra for kneading
1 C wholemeal flour
4 tblsp dark brown sugar

How to-

  1. Mix together the flours and yeast. Add the warm water, whisk thoroughly and keep aside.
  2. Cream together the peanut butter,banana and sugar. Add the milk, salt and egg and blend well.
  3. Add the flour mixture, a cup, at a time, and mix in.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead for about 10 minutes. Use more flour to keep it from sticking-a tablespoon at a time. Knead till the dough is smooth and supple.
  5. Place the ball of dough in an oiled bowl and cover with an oiled plastic wrap. Leave aside till doubled in volume.
  6. Punch down the dough , knead for a couple of minutes and shape into a ball. Transfer the ball to an oiled baking tray and pat out to about 8-8and 1/2 inches in diameter. With a sharp knife, make three parallel cuts. Cover loosely with an oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise again till doubled in volume.
  7. Pre heat the oven at 176 deg C.
  8. Dust the dough lightly with flour and bake in the centre of the pre heated oven for approximately 15 minutes or till the top browns. Cover with foil and bake for another 30-35 minutes.
  9. Cool in the tray for a couple of minutes and transfer to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

I baked the bread at night, cooled on a rack, covered with foil and sliced the next morning.

This is a wonderful smelling and tasting bread. It had a sort of spongy texture and had a nice bite from the bits of peanuts.

We had it for breakfast, simply with drizzles of honey.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ttfn300 September 15, 2008 at 1:42 pm

that looks lovely! I could’ve gone for a slice this morning :)


2 Mishmash ! September 15, 2008 at 2:48 pm

What beautiful texture, Sunita….! and I loved your last shot a lot…..magazine quality or better than that :)


3 Happy cook September 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Wow beautiful bread, love the way you sliced them a bit thicker.


4 Usha September 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Great bread and the pictures of them are awesome too….


5 Divya Vikram September 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm

looks airy n moist..perfect for breakfast!


6 Madhuram September 15, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Mmmm, I’m able to smell it here. The last picture with honey drizzled on top, would tempt anybody.


7 karuna September 15, 2008 at 9:42 pm

this bread looks so good. nothing like a home baked warm bread right from the oven. lovely pics


8 Nags September 16, 2008 at 1:26 am

i love bread and honey, though TH thinks thats a weird combo. i can actually see the peanut chunks in the bread slice :) beautiful!


9 Curry Leaf September 16, 2008 at 1:27 am

Perfect Bread


10 Nirmala September 16, 2008 at 4:32 am

What a gorgeous loaf ? Shouldn’t u CLICKed it for thin month’s event? Thats a wonderful crust sunita!


11 Vij September 16, 2008 at 4:58 am

hi ya
This is my first time have a lovely space…
the bread looks yum yum!!!perfect!
Popped in to say a hi!


12 SMN September 16, 2008 at 5:47 am

Sunita nice combo of bread.. loved the last pic.


13 Purnima September 16, 2008 at 6:41 am

The bread sure looks great! Thks for sharing Sunita!


14 Meeta September 16, 2008 at 10:21 am

looks lovely sunita – fresh bread like this is always a grand treat. you make bread making so easy!


15 Rachel September 16, 2008 at 11:54 am

That slice would be just perfect for me :)


16 Patricia Scarpin September 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Where’s my slice, darling? ;)
make it thick, please.


17 Sia September 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm

ah, those crusts and crumbs… gorgeous…


18 Divya September 16, 2008 at 4:36 pm

That looks so tempting… beautifully done.


19 sunita September 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Thanks…we did love ours in the morning…wish I could offer you some :-)

Thanks sweetie…you are being too kind :-)

Thanks :-)

divya V,
Thanks :-)


20 sunita September 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Thank you…the bread was very aromatic indeed :-)

Thanks :-)

Yes, nothing beats the smell of home made bread :-)


21 sunita September 16, 2008 at 7:12 pm

join the club…i have always loved honeyed bread :-)

curry leaf,
Thanks :-)

Thanks…it slipped my mind :-(

Thanks…glad you dropped by :-)


22 sunita September 16, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Thanks :-)

You’re most welcome :-)

Thanks…it does give great satisfaction :-)

go on, grab it ;-)


23 sunita September 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm

thick, it shall be :-D

Thanks :-)

Thanks :-)


24 bee September 17, 2008 at 4:14 am

so how many jars of peanut butter do you consume in a month? just curious ‘cos i thought i was the peanut butter maniac.


25 sunita September 17, 2008 at 5:37 am

not that many, actually…just the one…about 450 gms.


26 Anonymous September 17, 2008 at 10:52 am

the bread looks so delicious…wish i cud just put my hand thru and grab a piece


27 ushaprashanth September 18, 2008 at 9:41 am

The bread looks so lovely and delicious!!


28 sunita September 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Thanks :-)

Thank you :-)


29 Jude September 19, 2008 at 5:55 am

I’m sure this tasted great while baking. Great pictures of the crumb.


30 Susan from Food Blogga September 20, 2008 at 10:47 pm

I love how this has the texture of a traditional loaf of bread rather than a quick bread like banana bread. It looks like the perfect breakfast.


31 Pearlsofeast September 22, 2008 at 6:43 am

This sounds great,I make banana bread but next time will add peanut butter. Nice texture.


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