Never added mashed banana to a yeast bread dough? Here's your chance to try it out with this small batch recipe that makes a one pound loaf of bread. You can even get creative with the recipe and add some nuts or dried fruits to the dough.
Yield: 1 pound round loaf.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
- 3/4 cup milk, room temperature
- 1-1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1-1/2 cups bread flour, about
- In medium bowl, mix milk and yeast. Add butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, banana, and whole wheat flour. Stir. Add 1 cup of flour and mix well. Slowly add in remaining flour, enough flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 4 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is soft and smooth to the touch. Place dough in medium greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the top is also lightly greased. Cover with clean cloth and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead for 4 minutes or until the bubbles are out of the bread. Shape dough into small round loaf. Place on greased baking sheet or small pizza pan. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Bake loaf at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Remove loaf from sheet and let cool on rack.
Bread Baking Tips:
- Freeze whole bananas for later use..
- Add a half cup of raisins or dried cranberries to the bread dough for extra sweetness.
- You can use any type of milk in this recipe: whole milk, skim, low fat, etc. Milk can also be replaced with water and nonfat dry milk.
- Milk can be replaced with soy milk.
- Keep yeast stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Heat, moisture, and air kills the yeast and prevents bread dough from rising.
- Bread flour has a higher amount of gluten than all-purpose flour. This means that bread made with bread flour will rise higher than bread made with all-purpose flour. You can make your own bread flour by adding 1-1/2 teaspoons gluten to each cup of all-purpose flour you use in your bread recipe.
- There is a milk to dry milk powder conversion table. Use it to figure out how much dry milk to add to the water when replacing the milk in the recipe.