Bread maker Banana (Yeast) Bread

Was quite sceptical about using banana in bread but tried it anyway~

Recipe adapted from Catherine Atkinson’s ‘Brilliant Breadmaking’ again! Original recipe is for a chocolate banana bread, but I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I used some poppy seeds instead.

270g       bread flour
10g          brown sugar (original recipe: 1tsp golden castor sugar)
10g          castor sugar
1/4 tsp    salt (original recipe: 3/4 tsp)
1 tsp        instant yeast (original recipe: 3/4 tsp)
140ml     milk (original recipe asked for 165ml)
15g           canola oil
90g          mashed banana
1 tsp        poppy seeds (original recipe: 45g chocolate chips)

I used Menu 6 – Rice Bread of the Panasonic SDP104. Leaving the yeast and poppy seed, I put the rest into the bread tin.

As this was the first time I was making this bread, I did not put the yeast and poppy seeds into their respective dispensers as I wanted to open the lid to check on the dough. I just manually added them in when the machine beeps.

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The ingredients all set to go!
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Sprinkled the yeast manually… after which the dough was let rest for about 50 minutes.
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After 50 minutes, it started kneading again and this was formed.
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A decent first rise~
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This was after the first knock-out
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After the second knock-out
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Started proofing after the not sure 2nd or 3rd knock out
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3 minutes more to baking. It did not rise as much as I would like it to.

 

Results:

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Crust was a little too thick too brown. ‘Light’ crust option would had been better.

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The bread was soft enough to bend without cracking.
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Close-up of the texture

 

Taste: ✮✮✮✩✩

Banana flavour was faint but noticeable. Nice touch, actually! It’s like eating a healthy version of banana cake. It was a little too sweet, the sugar could be reduced to 10g. The flavour would be better had the texture been better.

Texture: ✮✮✩✩

Very close and dense. Kind of chewy too. A bit like sourdough. Definitely need to work on the texture.

Overall:

I think the strict cycles of the bread machine didn’t do the recipe any good. The texture would be much better if the proofing could be manually controlled.

Not sure if I would use this recipe again. I like the fragrance but not the texture. Perhaps I would incorporate banana in better recipes that are known to yield light, fluffy bread. Till next time!

 

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