Thursday, February 14, 2013

Yeasted Banana Sandwich Bread AND a Toasted Peanut Butter + Nutella + Banana Sandwich

Yeasted Banana Sandwich Bread

Hey, remember that dummy that gave up dessert for Lent last year? Oh right, that was me.

I was shockingly successful. I think I only screwed up twice - once at a girlfriend's bridal shower, and once when I completely forgot about Lent in a fit of hunger and ate a bag of peanut M&Ms.

This year I wised up. As some of you probably know, Lent started up again yesterday with Ash Wednesday, and I was smart enough to skip the food related sacrifices. It's just too hard when you write a cooking blog.

Instead of something food related, I gave up liquor and beer. Since I'm single and childless, a lot of my social life unfortunately still revolves around drinking at bars, which will make this somewhat tricky. Fortunately, I didn't give up wine, so I'm just going to look like a fancy, fancy person at bars from now until Easter. Quit giving me the side eye. As one of my favorite Miranda Lambert songs points out, Jesus drank wine too.

Yeasted Banana Sandwich Bread

On a somewhat related note, did I ever tell you guys about the time I got escorted out of church on Ash Wednesday for disruptive behavior?

Toasted Peanut Butter + Nutella + Banana Sandwich

I was 4, and it was during Ash Wednesday Mass with my preschool class.

For some ridiculous reason, I found it unacceptable that the ashes were not pink, proceeded to have a meltdown right there during Mass, and had to leave. I'll probably get paid back for that unfortunate episode some day. I'm sure that my future children are going to be a real treat to be around.

Toasted Peanut Butter + Nutella + Banana Sandwich

Let's discuss this bread now. I adore a sweet, non-yeasted, banana bread as much as the next girl. I love making them to use up overripe bananas, but wanted to do something a bit different this time. I came across this recipe on the King Arthur Flour website, and could not be more pleased with how it turned out.

On its own, this bread is soft and very slightly sweet, with a subtle banana flavor. After making this bread, I decided that it was destined for greater things than just toast, and came up with this sandwich. Take one bite, and you'll feel like Santa Claus. On Prozac. At Disneyland. Getting laid. (Maybe I should give up making Friends references for Lent instead...it has been 9 years.)

I don't know what this sandwich is. Breakfast? Lunch? A weird dessert-wich? It really doesn't matter. Go make it immediately.


Here's what you'll need:

1 cup lukewarm milk
3 cups bread flour (plus more as needed)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast 
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 medium-sized banana, sliced

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mixing with a spoon to form a shaggy dough.

Knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes, until smooth. You may need to add extra bread flour if the dough is too sticky to work with. I added approximately 1/3 cup of additional bread flour. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, and allow it to rest in a draft-free area for 1 hour.

Transfer the bread dough to a lightly-oiled work surface. Form it into a log, and place into a lightly-greased 8x4 metal bread pan. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with non-stick spray, and cover the bread pan. Allow the dough to rise in a draft-free area for 45-60 minutes, until it's full and rounded.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. After the bread has risen, remove the plastic wrap, and bake for 35-40 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 190 degrees. If the bread starts browning too quickly, tent it with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.

Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.

Admire your bread for awhile. Yay for working with yeast! So domestic of us, am I right?! Now, slice it up and make a sandwich:

1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 slices of yeasted banana bread
Peanut Butter
Nutella
1/2 ripe banana, sliced

Add half of the melted butter to a non-stick skillet, and heat over medium heat. Spread one side of one slice of bread with peanut butter and the other with Nutella. Layer bananas on the peanut butter side, and sandwich the two slices together. Brush the outer sides of the sandwich with the remaining melted butter, and cook in the skillet for a minute or two each side until golden brown. Cut in half, and serve immediately.

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Source: Sandwich was my own hot mess of a creation, bread recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

26 comments:

  1. anything with nutella is a sure win!:D

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  2. Grilling PBJs w/banana in butter is a favorite past time of mine. Somehow the banana always gets to custardy and delicious. On this bread? Sounds even better. + nutella? How did I never think of that... Can't wait to try this bread

    Side note: alcohol and beer are like... two of my favorite things! Good luck until Easter! I always want to drink wine in the dive bar I go to, but feel like it's too pretentious (or maybe I'm just not fancy enough ;-))

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  3. Maggie, this break looks like fluffy banana heaven. I make yeast bread and banana bread regularly, but have yet to smash the two together. And now that I have the opportunity to feel like Santa and Disneyland...do I really have a choice? Nope.
    PS. I'm not even going to attempt to give up food either!

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  4. This looks wonderful. I'm amazed you were able to give up dessert last year, slip ups or not!

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  5. OOOHHH YUMMY! My boys are going to love love love this one!

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  6. Wow! So good! Can I eat this for breakfast? A few things...
    1. I love that Miranda Lambert song
    2. You sooooo fancy! With your wine and all! It's good for your heart, right?
    3. My mom tells me all the time that she cannot wait until I have kids because she hopes they will be as crazy as I was when I was little so I totally understand your meltdown story.

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  7. The pictures of that sandwich are seriously making me drool! That looks SO good!

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  8. That thing looks freaking heavenly! Great job :)

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  9. Oh my goodness - can I have this for lunch? Because there's no way I can give up dessert, ever!

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  10. I love the idea of a banana sandwich bread! Such a good idea. And now I want that sandwich fo realz. <3

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    1. For serious on the good idea. Gotta love King Arthur Flour for their brilliance!

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  11. Oh man, your bread turned out perfect and I love the sandwich you made out of it! And your Ash Wednesday meltdown is awesome - HA!

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  12. This looks so delicious!! I've actually given up baked goods for Lent, but have decided to work in a tiny loophole where I can have a "taste" of whatever I bake. And by taste, I really mean a bite to makes sure I'm not giving something nasty to my friends. My roommate informed me that Jesus doesn't do loopholes, to which I responded that he probably didn't actually do giving-something-up, either. lol

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    1. That sounds like a great loophole! I should've done that last year instead of going cold turkey on desserts!

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  13. Haha!! Girl you are hilarious!!!.. Peanut Butter + Nutella + Banana bread.. yes ma'am!

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  14. Smart move on what to give up this yeah, Girl. I can never skip dessert nor wine. So I think we can totally hang out and have a great time. ;) Your banana sandwich bread with Nutella looks so decadent....sorry if I drool a little on the keyboard. :P

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    1. Seriously! If you're ever in DC, you know how to find me :) We'll can be wine drinking buddies!

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  15. Yum! This looks like the best sandwich in basically the entire world!

    Sues

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  16. Peanut butter and nutella are the best combination of flavors! I actually made cookies with peanut butter and nutella this weekend.
    Plus, this bread looks so perfect, yeasty, and yummy!

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  17. I've never had a yeasted banana bread before. It looks great! Good for you on giving up liquor... that would be hard. I love wine on the weekends!

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  18. Oh my goodness, girl - this looks fabulous! And kudos to your lent sacrifice; I don't think I could do it.

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  19. This is such a great recipe! I love the idea. When I was younger this is exactly what I pictured when I thought of banana bread. I didn't even know it could be done. Awesome!

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  20. making this bread asap. i even have bananas at the ready! yum. as a kid i pulled a fire alarm at church sooo yea. i feel you. thanks for the post!

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  21. DEAR LORD you are brilliant!!!

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