My pastry chef sister, Odette, was kind enough to give me this recipe – potentially after a little sisterly pressure. This is really somewhere between banana bread and cake, with a super-moist and finely textured crumb.
Sisterly banana bread
100ml extra virgin olive oil
1 × 70g egg
50g natural yoghurt
2g (¼ tsp) salt
170g plain flour
4g (1 tsp) baking powder
4g (1 tsp) bicarbonate of soda
200g pureed banana, plus 1 sliced banana
110g castor sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 170C fan-forced (190C conventional). Grease a 25-centimetre loaf tin and line with baking paper.
2. Combine the oil, egg, yoghurt and salt in a small bowl.
3. Add the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda to a medium bowl and dry whisk to remove any clumps.
4. Add the pureed banana and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium with the paddle attachment until incorporated.
5. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the oil mix until incorporated. Add the flour mix and beat for three minutes until incorporated.
6. Tip the mix into the prepared tin, top with the sliced banana and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until cooked – the cooked cake will be springy to the touch, and a skewer will come out clean. Set aside to cool in the tin before unmoulding.
Recipe from New Kitchen by Karen Martini. Available now, Plum, RRP $44.99.