Banana-Walnut Yeast Bread

I wanted to create a yeast bread, flavored with bananas, filled with nuts and not too sweet.
Makes one loaf
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2 lb bunch of bananas
3 TBL vegetable oil
3 TBL brown sugar
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp yeast
1 cup walnuts

Preheat an oven to 400º F. Peel and cut into 1/4 inch slices

  • 2 lb bunch of bananas

This will give you about 11/2 pounds of bananas. Place them in a bowl with

  • 3 TBL vegetable oil
  • 3 TBL brown sugar (see note below)

Stir the mixture, cover a rimmed baking sheet parchment paper and distribute the mixture evenly over the parchment paper. Roast the bananas for 20-30 minutes until they are caramelized. Remove from oven, cool to room temperature, mash the mixture in a bowl.

In a large bowl, combine

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt

Stir in the banana mixture and

  • 11/4 cup water

You don’t want the mixture to be too wet, but it may be necessary to add more water to get the dough to come together. Add

  • 1 cup walnut pieces

and knead them into the mixture. Form the dough into a ball or loaf shape and let rise. I baked this bread at 400º F in a preheated dutch oven for about 45-50 minutes (covered for the first half), but you could easily bake it in a loaf pan or other form. Let cool before slicing.

Note: If you increase the sugar a bit, the banana flavor will be more pronounced.

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