Sesame Banana Bread

Avatar for sinclairwife
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-21-2001
Sesame Banana Bread
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 3:55pm

Sesame Banana Bread

 I use a mix of black and white sesame seeds, it makes the seeds more visible.

1 cup / 4.5 oz / 125g all-purpose flour

 1 cup / 5 oz / 140g whole wheat flour

 3/4 cup / 4.5 oz / 125 g dark brown sugar 
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 1/3 cups / 7 ounces / 200 g toasted sesame seeds
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups / 12 oz / 340 g mashed, VERY ripe bananas (~3 bananas)

 1/4 cup / 60 ml plain, whole milk yogurt

 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

For the glaze:
1/2 cup / 3 oz / 85 g sifted dark brown sugar (muscovado)

 1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55g confectioners' sugar

 4-6 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350° F, and place a rack in the center. Butter and flour a 9- by 5- inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan, or equivalent.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add 1 cup / 5 1/2 oz / 150g + 1 tablespoon of the sesame seeds and combine well.

In a separate bowl, mix together the olive oil, eggs, mashed banana, yogurt, and zest. Pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture and fold with a spatula until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. You want to achieve beautiful color on the cake, but at the same time you don't want to bake all the moisture out of it. So the minute you're in that zone, pull it, erring on the side of under-baking versus over.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn the loaf out of the pan to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the sugars and the lemon juice until smooth. When the cake is completely cool, drizzle the glaze on top of the cake, spreading with a spatula to cover.

Makes 10 servings

Parties & Entertaining Frugal Living Apriil Commmunity Leader of the