Black Sesame Seed
This is a new spin on an old classic that breaths new life into the humble banana bread. Full of earthy flavour, this dense banana bread is just beautiful.
BLACK SESAME BANANA BREAD
3 tablespoons of black sesame seeds, plus more for topping the bread with
3 tablespoons of honey
4 very ripe bananas, plus half a banana cut lengthwise for topping the bread with
1 3/4 plain flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 sea salt salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup grapeseed (or vegetable) oil
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 cups (lightly packed) brown sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Lightly toast the black sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat until fragrant, but be careful not to burn them.
2. In a food processor, add the black sesame seeds and blend until the seeds turn into fine grain. Add the honey and process until you have a smooth paste. Add the bananas into the food processor and blend until you have a smooth puree. Transfer the puree into a bowl and whisk in the brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Whisk in the flour mixture into the wet puree by adding 1/3 of the flour at a time and incorporate gently using a whisk before adding more flour. Slowly and gently whisk until flour is completely combined. Oil loaf pan and line with baking paper. Pour batter into the oiled and lined pan and sprinkle the top with black sesame seeds. Gently lay the banana slice, slice side up, over the top of the batter. Bake for about 60-70 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.