Looking for a sourdough banana bread recipe? In this article, we are going to show you how to make a delicious loaf that your family and friends will surely love. Read more to find out.
Easy and Delicious Sourdough Banana Bread for Your Homestead
Combining Sourdough and Banana Bread Into One Loaf
Sourdough bread and banana bread are two common staples in every homestead. Not only are both loaves of bread a family favorite, but they are also easy to make even for beginners.
Plus, they are both nutritious. Bananas are a good source of Vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. On the other hand, bread is a good source of fiber, Vitamin B, and carbohydrates. So, you can easily incorporate them into your diet plans, or make them part of your breakfast staples.
But, have you ever thought of combining both sourdough and banana bread in one loaf? If not, then you better do so ASAP. The result? A unique-tasting and an aromatic loaf of bread, with the sweetness of banana and the firmness of a sourdough. Your household will surely finish it in just one sitting.
So if you’re curious about how to bake a sourdough banana bread, look no further. We prepared an easy recipe that you can prepare in just over an hour.
As a reminder, this recipe would require you a sourdough starter. But if you don’t have one or if you don’t know how to make your own, we got you covered. Check out our easy DIY recipe for a sourdough starter. You may need to prefer the starter five to six days before baking, so whip your ingredients for the sourdough starter first.
If you already have a sourdough starter prepared, then let’s get started.
- 1/2 cup shortening
- ½ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup of plain flour
- A cup of mashed bananas
- A cup of sourdough starter
- One cup of sugar
- One cup of nuts (walnuts, almonds, or pine nuts)
- A teaspoon of baking powder
- One teaspoon of baking soda
- One teaspoon of salt (may either be course or table salt)
- Two tablespoons of butter
- Two tablespoons of brown sugar
- Three Eggs
- Two cups of all-purpose flour
- Optional: ¼ teaspoon of vanilla or cinnamon
- Optional: cream cheese and herbs
Sourdough Starter Ingredients
- ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup of water
- Three mixing bowls
- One baking pan
- Electric mixer
Step 1: Mix the Shortening, Sugar, and Bananas in a Bowl
To start, using your electric mixer, combine the ½ cup of shortening, sugar, and mashed bananas in a bowl. Do not stop until the consistency of your mixture is already creamy. You may also want to add more slices of bananas for a stronger taste and aroma.
Step 2: Add Sourdough Starter, Eggs Into the Mix
Then, add a whole cup of sourdough starter into the mix, followed by two eggs. Mix them until the consistency of your sourdough banana bread batter is already creamy.
Step 3: Prepare the Sourdough Banana Bread Topping
Next, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl. If you want, you may also add a pinch of vanilla or cinnamon for a sweeter taste and aroma. You may also add a cup of cream cheese to make a simple bread frosting.
In this step, you don’t need to use an electric mixer. You can just use a fork to combine the ingredients until the mixture has already turned into crumbs.
Step 4: Sift the Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Salt Into the Sourdough Banana Bread Mixture
Then, using a strainer or a fine-mesh sieve, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bread mixture you did from steps one to two.
You may be wondering why you need to sift instead of just throwing in the ingredients. Well, sifting flour and the other baking ingredients will make them easier to mix evenly.
Step 5: Mix the Nuts Into the Bread Mixture
Next, add the cup of nuts. Walnuts, almonds, or pine nuts are usually the most favorite options of homesteaders like you when it comes to baking sourdough banana bread. Mix in the nuts until the consistency of your batter is already creamy.
But, you may skip this step if you don’t like nuts or if you are allergic to them. You may opt to add cream cheese or other herbs like parsley or rosemary instead.
Step 6: Transfer the Bread Batter Into a Baking Pan
When you’ve already prepared your sourdough banana bread batter perfectly, it’s already time to prepare for baking. Transfer the batter into your baking pan. Make sure to spread the batter and the toppings evenly.
Step 7: Bake the Bread for 350 Degrees Fahrenheit for 75 minutes
Now, it’s time to bake! Put the sourdough banana bread batter in the oven for 75 minutes. Set the temperature to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. This is equivalent to around 200 Degrees Celsius.
Other homesteaders say that they prefer putting half of the bread batter first in the oven until it cooks. And then, they add the other half of the batter as another layer. While this tip can help you avoid the bread from toasting too much, you may just opt to bake the entire batter. Check your bread from time to time and observe it carefully to prevent any burns.
Step 8: Serve Your Fresh-Out-of-the-Oven Sourdough Banana Bread
Your sourdough banana bread smells divine, isn’t it? The bananas and vanilla in your batter earlier will give your bread a light aroma that will even fill the house.
Let the bread rest for around five minutes. Then, create slightly thick slices, so the bread won’t cool down easily. Serve the rest of the loaf to your family and friends.
To avoid mistakes in making the perfect loaf, learn some tips from this video by Mashed, from the website’s official YouTube channel:
Creating your own sourdough banana loaf is easy, isn’t it? Not only is it a delightful treat, but it can also save you time and money when you make it yourself as compared to buying it outside. And in your next bake, you can also try experimenting with other ingredients as toppings.
What toppings do you usually garnish your baked bread? Share your ideas with your fellow homesteaders in the comments below!
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