Ashlee of A Year in the Kitchen was up this week to select the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe and she chose The Black and White Banana Loaf on page 232 of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. I was excited about this one, it’s one of those recipes that always catches my eye when I look through the book.
Here we have a Naked Loaf out of the confines of a baking pan:
And the internal workings:
I used Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey instead of Rum. I like the rough stuff. Yeah right, just the smell of it can make me ill, but it’s all I had in the house and I wasn’t about to go running out to the liquor store since I was still in my pj’s. I had some Nestlé Chocolatier Bittersweet (62% cacao) chocolate left so I used that for the chocolate. I used dried lemon zest but was out of lemon juice so I used lime instead. And of course I forgot something… I forgot to add the milk to the batter. I realized it when I was putting all the ingredients away, I looked at the container of milk, then looked at my loaf pan already in the oven and then I said “Shit”. Looking back, I don’t really think it was that necessary because the loaf still came out moist. Though, if I made this again I wouldn’t leave the milk out on purpose.
When it came to the marbling, I obeyed Dorie and stayed conservative with my zig zagging. Although I admit i did want to do more. I kept it to one pass through with about 6 or 7 knife turns. Upon cutting, some parts of the loaf didn’t really show any marbling, the colors just looked stacked where I had dropped the different color batters. I only made half a recipe and baked in a small loaf pan for about one hour and five or ten minutes. I did use a foil tent but only towards the end of baking, I think adding it at the 30 minute mark would have been a better idea.
This was one of my favorite recipes to date. The flavor combinations between the white and black parts along with the banana was interesting to me. Staying true to my new “diet” though, I only had one piece and then gave the rest away to my neighbors (who all said they enjoyed it too). **Total side note: Yes, Chr – I WILL stop by your house one of these days with some of the stuff I bake. I promise you!
Be sure to stop by A Year in the Kitchen to check out the recipe and see how Ashlee’s Black and White Banana Loaf turned out. Then move right along to the Tuesdays with Dorie website to see over 200 more unique marbling patterns.
For next week, Dolores of Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity has picked Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream on page 434 for all of us to test out. I already have this one completed and can’t wait to post about it. See you next Tuesday!