Have you reached the baking stage of social-distancing yet? It usually comes after you’ve attempted a Zoom workout but definitely before you join strangers in House Party.
If you’re there right now, deciding whether you’re a sourdough kinda gal or more of a cookie monster, we have a better idea for you: banana bread! This particular viral food trend is doubly efficient in that it helps you repurpose the giant bundle of rotten bananas you bought on Instacart in a panic and it also keeps you entertained for a couple of hours. Plus, it feeds the whole fam.
One of our favorite versions comes from Mrs. Mandolin—sister property to EAT List staple Mandolin Aegean Bistro—right here in Miami. The charming café, located in the entryway of Anastasia Koutsioukis’s dreamy lifestyle boutique, is a cozy hideaway where fresh-baked goods abound and a perfectly frothed cappuccino is always on hand.
Mrs. Mandolin is closed right now but the café’s pastry chef, Jessica Hernandez, is sharing her recipe for making its stellar banana bread loaves at home—down to the gluten-free flour she uses and her secret ingredient (dates!).
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- 1 stick room temperature butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (Use cup4cup to make it gluten-free like the cafe’s)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup whole fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (usually 3 bananas)
- 1/3 cup chopped dates
- 1 whole banana for the top of the bread
- Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy—about 2 to 3 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Mix for 5 minutes until your batter is fluffy and smooth.
- Add in your dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Once that comes together, add yogurt and bananas.
- Fold in chopped dates.
- Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.
- Top with a whole banana sliced lengthwise with the 2 halves facing up.
- Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
- Let cool before slicing.
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