Thursday, February 10, 2011

To Try Tuesday - Vanilla Bean Banana-Passionfruit Bread



I do love a good quick bread.  The recipe for Vanilla Bean Bread first appeared on Baking Bites back in December and quickly went on my To Try list.  I love that it is a different take on banana bread.  And let's face it - variety is the spice of life!

It seems to be either feast or famine in my house when it comes to bananas.  The apple bananas do seem to be eaten way before the run-of-the-mill Cavendish bananas, but that is fine with me because I think that they make much better banana bread.

The only change I made to this recipe was to add some passionfruit pulp.  I have about 6 passionfruit that I need to use up, so the pulp of one went into the bread.  I am a big fan of the seeds, but feel free to push the pulp through a fine sieve to dispose of them if you prefer.

We all loved this bread and the tropical taste to it.  It freezes well too, so you can always have a loaf of banana bread on hand.




To Try Tuesday - Vanilla Bean Banana-Passionfruit Bread
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana (2-3 medium)
  • pulp of 1 passionfruit
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste)
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven 350F and lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together vanilla sugar and eggs until well combined, then whisk in the mashed banana, passionfruit, milk, butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir until just combined, making sure no streaks of flour remain. 
  5. Pour batter out into prepared baking pan. 
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, with only a few moist crumbs attached.
  7. Turn loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Makes 1 loaf.



43 comments:

  1. I find myself always making the same zucchini bread or banana bread, this looks like a good recipe to try! Thanks for sharing =)

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  2. What a great idea. I can't get my kids to eat bananas but this sounds like a winner. The added passionfruit is fabulous. Pretty photos! Bon weekend.

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  3. What a fun flavor combination! I could use anything tropical this winter!!!

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  4. This quick bread is so different from your run of the mill banana or zucchini bread. I love the tropical flair, much needed here where it is 16 degrees!

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  5. Oh, to have access to passion fruit and apple bananas again! This is such a unique bread- I would totally make it if I had the ingredients! I may have to go on a tropical food quest in Knoxville :)

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  6. This is a lovely lovely recipe. Hmmm passionfruit.

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  7. This looks great! I love the flavor combo too!

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  8. This is perfect, I have a 'blackened' banana in my freezer. I have (unsweetened) lilikoi juice, do you think that will work as a sub?

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  9. Oh this looks so good. Vanilla bean + banana sounds like heaven to me

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  10. Looks absolutely lovely. I love all the flavors!
    Cheers~

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  11. @Laurie
    Hi Laurie, I think that would work. Since you are adding more liquid I would probably add only 1/4 of the milk and see how the batter looks. You can always add more if needed. I hope you enjoy it!

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  12. You had me at Passionfruit... That is quite possibly my favorite flavor in the entire world (outside of chocolate and coffee of course!). I craved a bread just like this my entire pregnancy with my son! Bookmarked for future cravings! Thanks!

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  13. I already admired your creation on FoodBuzz. Looks so beautiful and inviting with that cup of tea! Thank you for sharing :)

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  14. Passionfruit and bananas...wonderful combination. It looks yummy.

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  15. Sounds like a lovely recipe - and I like the idea of always having banana bread on hand!

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  16. This would be such a burst of brightness on a cold winter day. I love passionfruit, and I've never tried adding it to a quickbread before. Thank you for sharing another great recipe with me. You never let me down! I hope you have a weekend of love and relaxation. We all need it, I think!

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  17. mmmm I love the tropical feel to this bread. I am currently wondering if my local store has pasionfruit....off to the store! Looks fantastic!

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  18. Wow, all those flavors in a bread... yummmmm! sounds like it could be a cake. :) Your loaf looks amazing!

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  19. That looks amazing--what a great flavor combination!

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  20. OK... my mouth is literally watering! I love all the ingredients, and as much as I wish I didn't, quick breads are always welcome in my hand. Love the passionfruit addition! I just discovered cooking with it this year and am totally addicted. What a perfect complement to the banana. If I come for a visit I'd love this one!!! ;)

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  21. Love the flavor combo - that bread is gorgeous! That crazy Nicole Weston always has amazing recipes!

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  22. Gorgeous bread--what a great combination of ingredients. Just bought a mess o' lilikoi to make curd but I may have to but some of the pulp into a bread or muffins after seeing this. ;-)

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  23. Passionfruit is one of the best. This bread sounds very lovely!

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  24. @Deb in Hawaii

    Deb, I went to the Farmers' Market this morning but could not find any lilikoi. I may have to try the one at Kaiser. Now you have me craving lilikoi curd - yum!

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  25. Looks delicious! Anything with passion fruit is a winner in my book :-)

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  26. this sounds fabulous!!! congrats on top 9 :)

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  27. What a great looking loaf. Congrat on top 9, it's well deserved! Love the combination of flavours and the picture is fantastic! Great job!

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  28. Congrats on the The Top 9 today.

    I love all of the flavors in the bread, however I've never baked with passion fruit. I have to try this bread.

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  29. Congrats on the top 9! Your bread sounds so wonderful with the passionfruit and bananas! The vanilla bean really puts it over the top, I bet it is heavenly :)!

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  30. The passionfruit addition sounds really interesting. I love passion fruit so definitely a bread worth trying. Congrats on the top 9!

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  31. This is perfection! Congrats on top9!!!

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  32. You are amazing, Felice!! Congrats on the Top 9! Well done. I'm buying more passionfruits at my next farmers market trip!!

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  33. now that is certainly a tasty combination in your quick bread! Your right about just banana bread getting old after awhile, its always nice to jazz it up a bit!

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  34. Omg I am so jealous of this bread. This takes me straight to Maui! Where can I find passion fruit puree??

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  35. @BigFatBaker
    If you can find the Goya brand in your supermarket they make a passionfruit puree. My only other suggestion is to visit a site that sells Australian products. They have a brand called John West that is a tinned passionfruit puree that I have used previously, but a tin can be around $5.00! I hope this helps. If you can't find it then I would suggest that you try mango puree in this recipe.

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  36. I love the combination you have used here. It really sounds delicious and it certainly looks wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  37. Oh I am loving your recipe! I will have to give it a try very soon. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  38. What a perfect quick bread - love the combinations of flavors! Congrats on the top 9 today!

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  39. This sounds fantastic! I love banana bread and make it often enough to need a few variations of the recipe to keep it from getting old :)

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  40. Congrats on Top 9 with your gorgeous bread. I love making banana breads too:)I have to try your passion fruit idea if I can find some.:)

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  41. Looks yummy! I recently discovered passionfruit and am in love!

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  42. Wow! This is a keeper! All the ingredients I love! Will be making this over the weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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  43. Yum, I have to keep an eye out for some passionfruit. That looks great.

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