Monday, April 28, 2008

Banana French Bread

This sounds rather odd, but it actually works. One day I had some overly ripe bananas and on a whim I decided to turn them into French bread. I made the bread as usual, but for part of the liquid I used a mashed banana.

1 pound flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar (optional)

1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup lukewarm water

1 + cups of warm water
1 mashed banana

In the Kitchenaid mixing bowl combine the first three ingredients.
Stir in the cup of warm water just enough to get it combined and not puddly.
In a small dish combine the next three ingredients and wait until the yeast foams up. After the yeast foams add it and the mashed banana to the flour and go at it.
Put some more warm water into the yeast bowl and be prepared to add water as needed. Mix until you have nice proper bread dough consistency. For the most part the dough should not stick to the bowl. It wants to be nice and squishy, but not sticky. If it's too sticky and just a wee bit of flour until it isn't all stuck to the sides of the bowl.
Turn out onto a floured board and need about ten times.
Put back into the bowl, cover with a moist towel and let rise until double.
When it's double punch down and either let it rise again or form it into two loaves of French bread.
Cover the loaves with the moist towel (not too moist or it will stick to the bread) and let rise until double
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for about 17 minutes. You be the judge.


Babeth said...

it looks very yummy!

Brilynn said...

Intriguing! Does it have any banana flavour?

Molly Loves Paris said...

Not a banana flavor like it would have in a sweet item. The banana flavor is very subtle in my opinion.