Interestingly enough, I find that I really like emmer – both as a grain and as flour. In continuing to experiment with using the grain in bread I tried it in a banana bread this week. I used most of my cooked emmer grain a soup (used as a whole grain, not chopped), but kept aside ¾ of a cup for the bread.
This recipe is loosely based on Banana Bread (page 738) from Farm Journal’s Homemade Pies, Cookies & Bread, plus several other banana bread recipes. All in all, this should be pretty nutritious. This kind of bread goes under many aliases: tea bread, nut bread, no-knead bread, and quick bread to name a few. No matter what it’s called, it’s a joy to eat.
1 cup white whole wheat flour
½ cup spelt four
¼ cup soy flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup emmer grain (cooked and coarsely chopped)
1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
1 ½ Tbl canola oil
½ cup soy milk
1 jumbo egg
1 cup chopped walnuts
Mash 2-3 very ripe bananas – to make 1 cup.
Coarsely chop cooked emmer grain (note last week’s blog for cooking instructions).
Combine the white whole wheat, spelt and soy flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and brown sugar. Mix well.
Thoroughly beat egg in mixer. Add oil and beat together.
Gradually add soy milk alternating with flour mixture; add mashed bananas and nuts. Beat until well combined.
Pour into greased 5”x 9” loaf pan.
Bake in preheated, moderate (350 degrees) oven for 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in pans 10 minutes.
Remove to wire rack and cool completely.
Wrap in foil and place in refrigerator overnight before slicing and eating.
Makes 1 loaf.
RESULTS: It was hard to wait until this morning to finally be able to slice and try this Emmer Banana Bread, but so worth it! It’s a real treat – moist, slightly sweet, nice texture – yet has substance and is nutritious. Although making this bread involved a couple of extra steps – cooking and chopping the emmer grain and mashing the bananas – it really does come together pretty quickly. Not a lot of time needed for you to have a delightful treat that you and your family can share without feeling you’ve given in to the “dark side” (AKA, empty calories).