Saturday, March 1, 2014

Banana Bread (Curtis Stone)

For those who cooked with Curtis Stone recipes at July last year, do you remember this Curtis Stone's banana bread recipe? It is the most popular recipe as 6 out of 60 participants (10%) has baked this and they all loved it. I keep telling myself that I have to bake this recipe...

YES YES YES that this banana bread is indeed healthful, moist and delicious.

Despite of its compact look and dense-looking texture... YES YES YES too that this banana bread is actually quite light to eat.

YES YES YES that I would highly recommend this recipe. However, I disagree with the recipe mentioning that this banana bread can serve up to four. Seriously, a quarter of this bread is way too much even for a ferocious me to finish! Realistically, I reckon that this banana bread can serve up to 10!

banana walnut bread Curtis Stone
A healthful banana bead by Curtis Stone
Start by beating eggs and sugar until light and pale.
Then, add in these...
... these ...
... and these.
This recipe yields so much batter!!!
After baking...
Golden brown crust outside. Moist and tasty inside. This is a yummy beauty!

Here's the recipe from Curtis Stone
(with my conversion and modification in blue)

Serves 4? Nay!

1 2/3 cups (or 250g ) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
(replaced with baking powder)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
(reduced to 150g raw sugar and this sweetness is just-right for us)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
(I used 1/4 cup walnut oil and 1/4 cup rice bran oil)
1 1/2 cups coarsely mashed very ripe bananas (3 large)
2 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted and chopped


Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C (or 160°C fan forced). Butter one (9- by 5- by 3-inch) metal loaf pan, then dust with flour, knocking out excess. Instead of greasing the pans, I lined a 11 x 21 cm baking with baking paper and use one small un-greased silicon loaf.

Sift together the flour, baking soda (or baking powder), cinnamon, and salt into a bowl.

Beat together eggs and sugar in bowl of electric mixer at medium-high speed until very thick and pale and mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted, about 10 mins. Reduce speed to low and add oil in a slow stream, mixing, then mix in bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in flour mixture and walnuts gently but thoroughly.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan, spreading evenly, and bake in middle of oven until golden brown and a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hrs.

Cool loaf in pan on a rack 10 mins, then turn out onto rack. Turn loaf right side up and cool completely.

Note: Using the full amount of this recipe, I have baked one 11 x 21 cm loaf and one small loaf both at 160°C fan forced for 30 mins (small loaf) and 1 hr 15 mins (large loaf).

Happy Baking
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  1. This cake look absolutely delicious Zoe!!xx

  2. I have got some riped bananas at home. Now I know what to make :D

  3. Hi Zoe, a great recipe! This has become my friendship/welcome/hostess gift to others. One of my friend living in Japan is baking right now as I am writing this:))

  4. That cross section photo looks delicious! I love banana bread any time of the day, it is so moist and perfect when warm for a rainy day :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Hi Zoe! And YES, YES, YES I want to try this highly recommended recipe, looks delicious!

  6. Wau...super moist and delicious banana bread....many times I too miss Donna Hay. U cake z really yummy to munch :)

  7. Hi Zoe! You finally tried this recipe.... I'm thinking maybe I should make this again :)

  8. This banana bread definitely looks gorgeous!

  9. banana and walnut is such lovely combination...Banana bread looks simply delicious..

  10. Hi Zoe,
    This bread is so popular during our CS month! And so far my favourite banana cake is from Nigella. Perhaps I should make this too, to see which one is better! haha!

  11. This is so yummy-looking, Zoe. You never cease to amaze me! Have a great weekend ^.^

  12. Yes, of course I remember C.Stone's Walnut Banana Bread. I did one b4 & seriously, when I pour the cake batter into my loaf pan, I doubt that I could bake it nicely so I crossed all my fingers & toes & kept my eyes closed to my oven, haha. Love the "Sexy" crack on top of the cake!

  13. Banana & bread? Yes, to walnuts too! I'm sure it'll be gone in no time!

  14. Hi Zoe, this is definitely a nice and adorable banana bread!!!
    Congrats!!!! Cook like a Star done a good job over the year ! Hope all the efforts will keep on..
    I wish I could join"Cook like a star 2nd anniversary cooking party" very soon :)

  15. Fantàstico pan me encanta se ve muy lindo y delicioso,abrazos.

  16. Zoe me gusta mucho cuando queda abierto en la superficie muy bonito,abrazos.

  17. Hi, Zoe. Yeay, this banana bread is really winking at me.

  18. I like this recipe, Zoe.. If I am to make this, I would add chocolate chips, teehee..

  19. yes yes yes! i happen to have yogurt in the fridge... YES YES YES!! i happen to have 2 over-riped medium bananas!! i can just half this recipe and make it~ yes yes yes~

  20. Hehe what a coincidence, I just posted a banana bread recipe over the weekend too. Best way to use up overripe bananas!

  21. I can't even remember when is the last time I made anything with banana. haha.... Your banana bread just a wonderful reminder. Looks scrumptious too ....with load of butter.
    Hope you're having a great week ahead dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

  22. Curtis is one of my fav and I try to catch up on his program of Take home chef". He's so charming and he sure makes cooking so easy preasy. The cake is so good and I love anything baked with bananas. Following you on blogger and appreciate the same. Thanks so much.

  23. yes yes yes! It looks so nice not to bake this.
    yes yes yes! I'll get banana and bake this.
    yes yes yes! The recipe looks easy and I'll bake this :D

  24. I love banana bread! I wish I have ripe banana right now. Yours look wonderful!

  25. Nice, Zoe!! I remember quite a few of us baking this recipe with Curtis. I still remember the taste :) Yummy!!!

  26. Hi Zoe, thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I baked it and simply love it!