Bacon Banana Bread, now there is a thing. The other day I was walking home from work and it was a Thursday evening and I knew that I had all these bananas in the freezer (if you freeze your bananas when they get almost brown, then you can use them when you are ready by simply defrosting them).
It was a lovely sunny day, and I thought you know what I really like, is Bacon and I like Banana, so why not combine the two and call it Bacon Banana Bread, I mean you have heard of bacon and banana sandwiches or maple syrup, bacon and banana pancakes, mmmm. So why not Bacon Banana Bread?
My husband it must be said was a tad skeptical about the whole combination of bacon and banana in a baked loaf, but when I explained that if you can have Chocolate Banana Bread then why not Bacon Banana Bread? I managed to convince him and he was pleasantly surprised.
The hit of saltiness from the bacon when you bite into it added to the normal taste of a banana bread, then you have in my opinion a winning combination. As you can see from all the pictures, it doesn’t look any different, just like a normal banana bread loaf. It just tastes better. Seriously, I urge you to try it, you will be better for it.
I had my bacon and banana bread with butter which was delicious, but I also picked up some strawberries from the green grocer, the first strawberries of the season and decided to have some strawberries and ice cream with my Bacon Banana Bread, now that is a great combination, the sweetness of the strawberries, with the saltiness of the bacon added to the creaminess of the banana bread followed by the cool vanilla ice-cream. I can almost taste it all over again, and you know what, I may just make this again this weekend as it is perfect for the start of summer.
Without further ado, my recipe for Bacon and Banana Bread.Print
Bacon Banana Bread
This is a wonderful take on normal banana bread, the bacon gives it all a nice salty hit which is unexpected but a glorious surprise.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 loaf 1x
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup demerara sugar
- 200 grams diced bacon
- 1 tbsp bacon fat
- 140 ml sunflower oil
- 2 eggs
- 4 large ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder slightly heaped teaspoons
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) ensure the teaspoon is slightly heaped
- 1 tsp salt level not heaped
- Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Use a loaf tin for the bacon banana bread, and grease the tin now and set aside.
- Fry your bacon for about 5 minutes until starting to crisp and the bacon fat runs clear. Set aside in the pan until you are ready to use, if you remove it from the pan, ensure that you reserve a tablespoon of the bacon fat.
- Mash your bananas, do this either with a fork or with a food processor. Either is fine and depends how lazy you are feeling. If you are using frozen bananas then you need to take these out of the freezer at least 2 hours beforehand to ensure that they have defrosted in time. Once mashed set aside.
- Next whisk your sugar and sunflower oil together until well combined. Use a hand whisk or a hand blender, entirely up to you what you use, as long as it is combined you are fine.
- Then add the mashed banana, bacon and tablespoon of bacon fat and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Then add the eggs one at a time, beating well to combine after each egg to ensure that the batter is smooth.
- Next add the salt, flour, bicarb of soda and baking powder and mix to combine. Try not to over mix, once all combined well, pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes insert a skewer into the middle and if it comes out clean, it is ready, if not, then put it back in for 5 minute intervals until it is ready, the most it should take it 1 hour.
- Once the bacon banana bread is ready, remove from the oven, allow to cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack and then store in an airtight container until yo are ready to eat it.
If you don’t want to use bacon, just leave out the bacon and bacon fat and the step for bacon and then you will have a normal banana bread.
There you go, Bacon Banana Bread. Even if you are skeptical, I urge you to give it a go, you won’t regret it.
As this cake uses eggs, I am entering it into Dom from Belleau Kitchen Simply Eggcellent monthly challenge where you can link up anything that you make with eggs, every month there are lots of great recipe ideas if you like eggs.
See you soon!