When it comes to food, I am quite a picky passenger to be honest.
Not only my nutrition plan is exclusive (not exclusive as special, exclusive as excluding many types of foods, including dairy and gluten, as well as refined sugars), I also like unusual tastes and sometimes I happen to be the only one who can appreciate them:)))))
However, its a only an everyday business.
When it comes to desserts, I stick to classics.
Classics that tasty and clear to everyone.
Classics, but with a little twist from me.
Take this banana bread:
Looks simple, but it is very special.
Because it is made of 100% regional and seasonal products.
Not everyone is lucky to live at the sea, where bananas is actually a regional food and grow just under his/her windows, but right now I am that lucky.
My special twist is, however, different.
Just imagine.. here I paired regional Tahin (or tahini, but tahin is an authentic turkish name for smooth-as-silk sesame paste) with cardamom (it seriously is a national Turkish spice – its is sold everywhere, in every form possible – ground, seeds, cloves, etc.), and grape syrup (absolutely beautiful substitute to honey or molasses, as its level of sweetness is very moderate).
I mashed ripe bananas fresh off the bush, added organic eggs, tahin, grape syrup, teaspoon of honey, pinch of salt, few spoonfuls of cornflour and rice flour, baking soda and put few butter cubes on top.
I baked it at 180 degrees for about 25 minutes; in a meanwhile pan fried one banana that was left from the bundle. I decorated my cake with it and poured a little bit of honey over to caramelise on the cake, while its hot.
I made fresh Karadeniz tea (seriously best best tea on Earth) in the traditional Turkish double pot and served it with my cake to my friends.
They absolutely loved it.
It was a lovely, lovely evening that we spent.
You still wonder about the taste?
Gooey, nutty, mildly sweet and very moist; paired with fresh tea it tastes really amazing.
Given that it does not contain gluten and refined sugars it is a healthy treat that can become a great wrap up for a late night dinner.
So, you still need those measurements?
Here they are:
- 4 ripe bananas (one for decoration)
- 3 free range eggs
- 60 g grape syrup
- 100 g tahin paste
- 20 g honey
- 2,5 tbsp cornmeal
- 2,5 tbsp rice flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 pink of baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 30 g butter (cut into cubes)
- Mash the bananas, add eggs, honey and grape syrup. Whisk until smooth.
- Add tahin paste and whisk until combined.
- Add dry ingredients: sifted flours, soda, salt and cardamom.
- Whisk slightly until smooth. You do not need a mixer for that, normal manual whisker would do.
- Cut butter into cubes and sprinkle over the batter.
- Pour into the baking form and bake for at least 25 minutes at 180 degrees.
- Prepare the decoration: pan fry the banana cut into two parts with honey until golden brown. Decorate your banana bread with it.
- Serve with love and freshly made black tea!:)
…aaaaand have a great evening!