Monday, November 09, 2009

Banana Bread

This is a family favorite. It is good alone and wonderful prepared as French toast.

palm shortening to grease loaf pan
1-1/2 cups (3 to 4) over-ripened bananas, mashed
3/4 cup light brown sugar, or cane sugar, or dark brown sugar
1/3 cup grapeseed oil, or oil of choice
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup brown rice flour, or GF oat flour, or garbanzo bean flour, or white rice flour, or sorghum flour
3/4 cup tapioca starch, or potato starch flour, or cornstarch, or millet flour
1/4 cup pure rice bran, or GF oat flour, or garbanzo bean flour
1/4 cup potato starch, or tapioca starch, or cornstarch, or arrowroot starch
1 tablespoon egg replacer powder
2 teaspoons xanthan gum, or 1 teaspoon guar gum, or 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Place baking rack in third position; preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Using palm shortening generously grease 2-pound loaf pan; lightly coat with brown rice flour or tapioca starch; tap out excess; set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl beat together bananas, light brown sugar, grapeseed oil, and water; set aside.
  4. In airtight container combine brown rice flour, tapioca starch, pure rice bran, potato starch, egg replacer powder, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt; place on lid; shake vigorously to combine and to introduce air.
  5. Pour dry mixture into wet; beat until well incorporated.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan; smooth top with spatula.
  7. Place in center of preheated 350°F oven; bake 55 minutes.
  8. Remove pan to cooling rack; turn bread out onto rack; cool 10 minutes.
Slice and eat!

Once completely cooled, wrap tightly in plastic; store at room temperature; rewrap as soon as done slicing as this will aid in moisture retention.

To freeze: Allow loaf to completely cool, slice, wrap tightly in plastic; freeze.
To thaw: Remove desired amount; place in refrigerator until soft, or leave on counter, or cook for a few seconds in the microwave, or toast slightly (this will dry it out).

Servings: 2-pound loaf
Preheat: 350°F
Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 55 min

To make muffins: using palm shortening generously grease a 12-well muffin tin. Fill each well 3/4-full with batter; place into preheated 350F oven; bake 25 minutes.

To use egg: omit water; omit egg replacer powder; beat 2 large eggs in at beginning of step 3.
To use GfG: add 6 tablespoons GfG; decrease brown rice flour to 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon; decrease tapioca starch to 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon; omit xanthan gum.

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