Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Black Sesame Matcha Banana Bread

Hello neglected blog - 

Ever since I came back from my Japan trip, I've become even more obsessed with matcha. Something about the earthy flavor and the green hue is just so lovely. And Japanese's love for matcha is totally infectious. You can find matcha in every form imaginable in Japan. To name a few, there are matcha beer, matcha soba and of course matcha sweets. 

As I am older and away from home now, I find myself craving Asian rooted flavors. This black sesame matcha banana bread called to me because it incorporated two of my favorite ingredients/ flavors in fatty's favorite form of dessert - banana bread. 

This recipe uses one banana which is exactly what I had on hand and makes for a little loaf enough for two to enjoy.

Black Sesame Matcha Banana Bread
recipe adapted from The Pretend Baker
makes one mini loaf (5.8 x 3.2 x 1.8")
(28g) 2 Tbsp melted butter
(63g) 5 Tbsp cane sugar*
1 large egg, room temperature
¾ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ C mashed banana from 1 large overripe banana
(91g) ¾ C less 2 tsp all purpose flour
(6g)2 tsp culinary matcha powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp toasted black sesame seeds, divided
*for less sweet, use 40g

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a mini/small loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine melted butter and sugar and whisk vigorously until combined. Add egg and vanilla and whisk until light and creamy.
3. Add banana and whisk again until completely combined.
4. In a small bowl, sift together flour, matcha powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter/banana mixture and gently whisk/ fold until just combined. Take care not to over mix.
5. Fold in 1 TBSP black sesame seeds and pour in to prepared loaf pan.
6. Top with remaining 1 tsp black sesame seeds and bake on the center rack of your oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
8. Store on the counter wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Taste: 5 stars out of 5
Nutty and toasty from black sesame seeds; banana flavor is prominent; sweetness on point
Texture: 5 stars out of 5
Fluffy and light; not crumbly; moist banana chunks

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