High Altitude Banana Bread Recipe
Who doesn’t love banana bread? One of the most popular tea-time snacks that can be made as nutritious or as sinful as you like. High Altitude Banana Bread Recipe is a foolproof method to prepare the most delicious banana bread at places that are at a major height above sea level.
The humble banana bread can also act as a starting ingredient to a number of fancy desserts like layered trifles, ice cream sundaes, muffins with exotic toppings.
Why is it called High Altitude Bread?
This recipe has been specially adapted to work for places that are raised from sea level. Regular baking recipes tend to not work at high altitudes due to a number of reasons, therefore special adjustments have to be put in place to get the perfect moist and tender banana bread.
Problems That Occur With High Altitude Baking
We have drafted a shortlist of issues that you might encounter if you try regular recipe proportions at high altitudes. They are:
- Increased baking time. This occurs due to the air pressure at high altitudes being lower.
- Breads and cakes turn out dry. This is because liquids at high altitudes tend to evaporate faster. This leaves the bread at the risk of drying out faster.
- The dough rises faster. This occurs as gasses, much like liquids expand faster at higher altitudes.
Hence, a regular recipe if used at a higher altitude may result in the bread being a lot drier, cracked, and even sunken at the center, due to the above-mentioned problems.
This high-altitude banana bread recipe has been specially crafted for fool-proof results.
- 4 tbs, softened, unsalted butter
- 2 large, free-range eggs
- 2-3 bananas
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 ⅓ cups flour
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Method of Preparation
- Preheat your oven to 350F
- Mash a banana finely in a large bowl. You can use a potato masher or a fork for this.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl till they are free-flowing.
- Incorporate the eggs and sugar into the mashed banana.
- Combine the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon) in a separate bowl and whisk them together. There should be no clumps in this mixture.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients together with a whisk.
- At this stage you can incorporate anything additional of your choice in the batter, eg, chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruits, or finely chopped up nuts) Do not add more than ½ a cup to the mixture.
- Grease a 9-inch pan with butter and line or line with baking paper.
- Pour the batter into the pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes at 350 F or till a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
How to store leftover banana bread to keep it fresh?
This is a frequent question as banana bread tends to dry out quickly. A few tips on this subject will ensure that you can enjoy your bread for a lot longer.
Store at room temperature
Since this recipe is for high altitudes, it should be safe to store the banana bread in an airtight container overnight. The bread will remain fresh for around 24 hours like this.
Store in the refrigerator
If you want to refrigerate the leftovers, you can do so by wrapping the leftover loaf in aluminum foil and placing this in the fridge. The bread should survive 48 hours this way, but you should let it come to room temperature before consuming it.
Store in the freezer
This way the bread can be stored for up to 2 months. Place leftover loaf in a ziplock bag. Store that bag in an airtight container and freeze, to retain maximum freshness.
Some interesting ideas on how to use this bread
- Add it as a layer in fruit trifles.
- Use the same recipe for banana bread muffins and top with chocolate sauce or peanut butter for the kid’s lunch boxes.
- Crumble the bread and use over banana split ice cream.
- Give the leftover loaf a short pulse in the food processor, drizzle some butter over it and you can then use the crumbs to make your own banana bread cake pops.
- Heat the leftover cake in the microwave and top with vanilla ice cream. Add toppings of your choice, like honey, roasted almonds, cherries, etc, and enjoy a hearty homemade sundae.