January 20, 2014

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Loaf with Streusel Topping

Filipinos don't wallow in what is miserable and ugly. They recycle the bad into things of beauty. 
~Imelda Marcos

Happy 2014! This is my first post for 2014 and I'm happy to be back in the circulation. I'm so busy with other stuff that's why I just got back into blogging only now. For this year, I have lots of hopes, dreams, and goals. So I promised myself to stay positive all the time. You know, even though bad situation strikes, I have to stay calm and remind myself that something wonderful is about to happen. Just wait.... wait again... be patient.... and have faith. Having said that, let's start the year with positivity! And speaking of positivity, let's turn a bad situation into a good opportunity and let's make your ordinary day into a special memory, like the story of my banana walnut loaf.

I have this overripe bananas in the table sitting for weeks. They have dark brown spots on its skin. I want to throw it but didn't want to waste those yellow minion-like things. That's why I decided to make banana loaf... remember... turning a bad thing into a good one huh! I have some walnuts and chocolates so I throw some of it on the batter. The result is so amazing, not too sweet (which I love), moist, and it tastes and smells like Christmas! Even though holiday is over, it feels like Christmas again because of this yummy goodness.

Banana Loaf:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 cup fine whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
1 bar chocolate, chopped (I used Meiji milk chocolate, 55 grams)

NOTE: You may add more chocolate if you like, whatever brand you prefer

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter, chopped
1/2 bar chocolate, chopped (Meiji milk chocolate)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 175 C. Lightly grease a 10x4 loaf pan.
2. Beat together the butter, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. 
3. Add the banana, honey and eggs, beating until smooth. 
4. Add the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, walnuts, and chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remember, DO NOT OVERBEAT or OVERMIX your batter. It will make the cake gummy.
5. Put the batter into the prepared pan and let it rest at room temperature, uncovered for 10 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, make the streusel by combining all the ingredients. Cut the butter into the flour and sugar by using 2 knives or simply use pastry blender. You may also gently break it using your hands but do not over mix it, it should still be crumbly.
7. Sprinkle the streusel evenly on top of the batter.
8. Bake it for 45 to 50 or until toothpick inserted on the center comes out clean.
9. Let it cool before turning the loaf out of the pan. Once you remove it from the pan, cover it with plastic wrap to seal in the moisture.
10. Slice using a serrated knife. Serve. Share and enjoy!

1. Cover the left over banana loaf with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You may put it in the fridge or in a bread bin.
2. You may also add dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or prunes to make it extra special.
3. The bread will stay fresh for 3-4 days.
4. Serve it with hot tea or coffee.

Happy day always,


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