Banana Bread…or is it Cake?

Why do they call it bread, anyway? It’s not kneaded, not risen and punched down, not yeast based; nothing about ‘Banana Bread’ is bread! Maybe it’s because it’s signature shape – traditionally in loaf pans. So should it be called Banana Loaf? I prefer Banana Cake myself – I like a cake-y Banana Bread – the dense ones are too wet and the flavour of the fruit is too concentrated. I like a little more texture in my Banana Bread/Cake/Loaf – which is why it’s studded with chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and pecans.


This recipe made a massive amount of cake. I managed to get three decent sized portions out of it. They are relatively flatter than a traditional cake, but meh – more to go around!

Recipe notes:
-Used 5 bananas instead of 6
-Substituted cream instead of creme fraiche
-Added two generous handfuls of chocolate chips
-Added 1/3 cup of toasted coconut (pantry orphan)
-Substituted pecans for walnuts, not toasted
-Reduced oil and sugar with no noticeable difference (reduced by about 25%)

Categories: banana bread


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