Saturday, September 30, 2017

Slow Cooker Banana Bread



Banana bread is a beloved dessert by many and just the aromatic scent from baking it in the oven is enough to sway anyone. It's also one of those recipes, that is mastered early on as well as everyone has their own favourite versions. However, has anyone ever made a banana bread loaf in a slow cooker? Yes, It does sounds strange to think about and it has fascinated me since I've come across the idea with how it would actually be done. Would it cook evenly? What would it taste like?


Well I took on the recipe and discovered that baking a banana bread in a slow cooker is a pretty simple concept. It's essentially taking your favorite recipe and cooking it in a crock pot for 5-6 hours on low,until done. The loaf pan does actually sit in the slow cooker itself while it to surprisingly bakes very evenly. Although, don't expect that aromatic scent,since it seems that this can only be accomplished with baking it in the oven. Also,a bread made in a slow cooker will give a varied result and might not be what were all use to.So you definitely need to keep an open mind when taking the first bite.

If you are someone that loves banana bread and doesn't want to mess with a good thing. Then this recipe is probably not something you want to venture into.So, it would be best to keep this recipe for one's that like to try new ideas.


For someone that likes to try out new ideas.When I took the first bite,I was quite surprised with how different it was compared to baking it. It was similar in the sense of texture with it being a moist and dense bread.However, It did not have that strong banana scent as well as the flavor of banana was pretty mellow. Overall, it reminded me more of a caramelized flavor bread and less of a banana bread.Although I still very much enjoyed this delicious bread and its own unique differences.

So, we did find out that it is possible to bake a banana bread in a slow cooker.Although it will vary in flavor, appearance and texture. Maybe next time I will add more banana and add my own favorites.

So go on and try his recipe for yourself and bring your own creative ideas into the mix.Always keep an open mind on any recipe since its simply just a guide line for your own creativity to blossom.


Slow Cooker Banana Bread
Recipe Adapted From Slow Cooker Desserts By Jonnie Downing
Makes: One 8 inch loaf
Used: 8 inch oval(non digital) Crock pot

 
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed banana(about 2 medium over ripe)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


1. Using my electric mixer, I blended together the softened butter, eggs,sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. As well as adding the mashed bananas.


2. With a large bowl, I combined the flour, baking soda and salt. With a rubber spatula, I slowly folded in the banana mixture without over mixing the batter. Optional:add the chop nuts now.


3. Then I prepared the pan by spraying an 8-inch bread pan with cooking spray. Then slowly poured in the bread mixture into the prepared pan and set into the 8-inch oval slow cooker.(Note: If it doesn't sit evenly in the slow cooker, layer the inside the crock pot with aluminum foil to keep the pan stable and help cook the banana bread evenly.)

 
4. Then I set the slow cooker on low for six hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center came out clean. I turned off my slow cooker earlier than six hours and let the bread cool before removing it from the slow cooker. Once able to touch the bread pan, I let it cool completely on a cooking rack.Once fully cooled, I removed it from the bread pan and cut it into even slices. Serve.

Note: Each recipe from this book will vary in its cooking times. So always check and alter time when baking. It will also vary with brand of crock pot as well as size and if its digital.

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