Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Black and White Banana Loaf

Bare with me folks. I'm starting to think I should rename my blog "Blogging with Dorie" as it seems that's all I'm able to do these days! If it weren't for Tuesdays with Dorie, I'd have a blank page and nothing to put onto it. But I'm not giving up, summer holidays won't be the death of my blog!

Moving on to this week's recipe which is Dorie's Black and White Banana Loaf. I was so happy with Ashlee's choice. This was the first recipe I wanted to try when I got Baking from my Home to Yours, but I resisted since I wanted to try it at the same time as all the other Dorie addicts worshipers fans. So this week, I got my chance.

As I looked at the ingredient list and compared it to my usual banana loaf, I thought it looked like there was a lot of liquid. Many of the other members confirmed this in the "P & Q" so I decided to omit the milk completely. Which turned out to be a great choice, the batter was just thick enough and the marbling effect came through beautifully.

This was one gorgeous and delicious loaf of banana bread. The nutmeg wasn't overpowering, the chocolate complimented the bananas perfectly and the rum added a surprisingly pleasant after taste. As for the lemon, I couldn't taste it at all. The only thing negative I could say about the loaf, at the risk of sounding like a certain Iron Chef America judge, is that it was "a little bit oily". But I think that's because that first slice I had was still a bit warm, it got better the day after.

So there you have it folks, a beautiful, marbled, chocolatey, rummy (booze and baking mix so well) and delicious banana loaf. Go on over to Ashlee's blog, A year in the Kitchen, for the recipe. To see the other members' marbled beauties, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll.

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42 comments:

Sarah said...

What a professional looking marbling job! :)

Melissa said...

Good idea with omitting the milk. Yours looks great!

Mary Ann said...

It looks wonderful! I agree with you, I thought it tasted better the next day!

SiHaN said...

i agree with you on the slight oiliness of the cake. Thank goodness it subsiding after sitting ard a little. Great job on yours!

Amy said...

Your cake looks perfect!

TeaLady said...

Looks great to me. Next time I will try with no/less milk as mine was a little soupy. Yummy!

Isabelle said...

je n'ai pas trouvé la pâte trop liquide, mais c'est peut être parce que j'utilise de la farine non blanchie..je l'utilise aussi pour faire mon pain sans pétrissage, et je me suis aperçue que ça demandait plus d'eau qu'avec de la farine tout usage.
Etk, c'est super réussi !!

Manggy said...

Oh nooo... What does it say about me when I actually sometimes have a hankering for oily cake? It reminds me of a tender muffin. Probably the reason why I am craving your banana cake big-time! :)

rainbowbrown said...

Wow, very nice photographs. Your loaf looks perfect!

Bumblebutton said...

Lovely lilting chocolate waves dancing through your cake!

Amy said...

This really looks wonderful! Nice marbling!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Em said...

Nice marbling! I didn't omit the milk and had no problems. Eh, go figure. Yours looks great!

Have a delicious day :)

Mara said...

Looks great Lynn!! I actually didn't have a problem with runny batter at all and I think I put a little extra milk. But I did cut back on bananas and use a little extra flour just in case.

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!

CB said...

Wow. I love the marbling. The first picture looks like a heart! I am a sucker for hearts. haha. Great tip about omitting the milk. Will have to remember that. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

chocolatechic said...

Great marbling.

My batter wasn't runny, but it was so flavored that nothing stood out.

Kayte said...

Your loaf looks really wonderful. I think it is one of the best I have seen. I did not have any trouble with runny batter and I followed the directions as she has them in the book. I wonder what the difference is for those who did? Just curious. I would never be brave enough to leave the milk out...you rock! Yours looks perfect...very very good.

Chez US said...

Looks fantastic! I love your photos! Making me hungry!

Carol Peterman said...

How interesting that you left out the milk. The texture of your loaf is lovely, so I think I will make a note in my book to do the same next time.

sara said...

Oh my word, yours looks the best out of any ones elses I have seen so far!! Perhaps it was th emilk, your texture is great! I am lactose intolerant, but I used milk instead of soy becuase this was the firs time making the reecipe- but hey wow! Concept! No Milk at all!

Rebecca said...

Wow, that marbling is gorgeous!

PheMom said...

And this is why I love marbling. Yours looks insanely gorgeous!

Christine said...

Next time I am going to omit the milk. Your bread looks delicious!

Elle said...

I want to make this. All of you TWD'ers torture me every single week!
:) Beautiful marbling!

Passionate Baker said...

wowww, your loaf looks so pretty!
and your marbling turned out fabulous!
great job!!
<3

Engineer Baker said...

Great tip on just leaving out the milk - mine wasn't too runny, but it's easier to add liquid than take it away. Beautiful loaf!

Heather B said...

Your marbling looks perfect! Great job!

Linda said...

Your photos are gorgeous and they definitely showoff the gorgeous marbling job that you did!

Aimée said...

I love a cake that can be passed off as breakfast food with out too much guilt. It's lovely! I bet this would freeze well, eh?

Natalie said...

Lovely pictures and lovely loaf/marbling!

Jacque said...

Hey, I think I see a marbled heart in that first photo! Cool!

Great job, it looks delish!

Prudy said...

It's easy to become obsessed with great recipes like this. Beautiful work!

Grace said...

your loaf is quite beautiful, and i would expect nothing less from you. :)
meanwhile, someone should start a baking with booze club. i nominate you. :)

dorie said...

The marbling looks beautiful and so does the crumb. I'm glad you liked the cake the next day. While there's something very comforting about warm cake, warm cake is really not finished -- I always think of the cooling period as the last step in the baking process, since it's the part that gives the cake the time it needs to gather itself, pull together its flavors and finally set its texture. I'm happy you liked it in the end -- it sure looks good.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I'm so jealous, your loaf looks great! Should have consulted the wise words circulating on our P&Q!

nicisme said...

Mmmm, that looks good!

Nickki said...

Your marbling is fantastic! And mine also tasted a lot better the next day :)

Pamela said...

Really beautiful. I love that 2nd picture, looking down the top of the bread. Pretty.

Jules Someone said...

Very nice looking loaf!

confectiona said...

The cake looks great, as do your photos!

Roni said...

Wow. So pretty. I love your marbling!!

Liliana said...

Your loaf looks perfect! and delicious!

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