Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flour's Famous Banana Bread with Banana Frosty

I was all hyped up to make coconut macaroons tonight.  I have someone very special who requested them, so they'll be coming soon.  Most likely Thursday-soon.  Tonight though, the hubs was a little disgruntled by the aging bananas on our counter and requested banana bread.  Hubs has some good ideas, and warm banana bread on a cold, rainy Boston night is one of them.

I decided to crack out one of my newer cookbooks, Flour by Joanne Chang.  Flour is an amazing Boston bakery, and I'm lucky to work right near one of the locations.  The banana bread at flour is legendary, so I was excited to try out this recipe.

The image on the left is a picture from the cookbook

The cookbook overall is excellent.  It has beautiful photography, fun anecdotes, sometimes scientific explanations for why you're asked to do certain things.  I love it.  My favorite recipe so far is the one for homemade poptarts.  A friend and I watched Joanne make these at a Williams-Sonoma demo, and of course I had to go right home and try it myself.  They came out awesome.  That was before I started this blog, soooo I'll probably have to make them again soon for you all!

So as this bread was baking up, I was working on a new family budget and J's eyes were glued to the tv- it's Bruins game 2 tonight.  Just as the 30-minute cooling time was coming to an end, the Bruins scored their FIFTH goal in one period!  In a fit of excitement I decided this banana bread needed to become CELEBRATION banana bread.  Inspired by Beantown Baker's recipe for Banana Soft Serve that I read at work today, I whipped up my own topping and call it Banana frosty.  It's a more liquidy version of your favorite fast-food soft-serve treat, and heavy on the banana!

We went from having plain (yet amazing) banana bread to an amazing banana bread sundae in just seconds.  Bananas past their prime = prime time dessert.  Enjoy!

For the banana bread recipe, check out "flour, Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe" by Joanne Chang.

To top your favorite banana bread with my Banana Frosty- here's the recipe!

1 banana - cut into chunks and frozen for about 1 hour or more
2 ice cubes
1 tsp rum extract (if you want, i added this and could barely taste it)
1/4 cup. milk
1 hefty squirt of chocolate syrup

Put everything in a food processor and pulse until it makes a consistency that you find desirable for topping your banana bread!

*NOTES/Disclaimer- In case you're wondering- flour did NOT ask me to endorse their book, I just love it!  I hope they don't mind the picture of their picture- just wanted to show a glimpse of my night - flour cookbook, mixing bowl and a glass of red wine :)

Banana Bread


  1. Your banana bread looks just like Flour's! (Trust me... I used to work there and make it all the time.) How exciting was last night's game?! Love the idea of celebratory banana bread!

  2. I've heard fabulous things about this recipe and that Banana Frosty is something I'd love to try.I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this banana bread widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about banana breads,Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the compliment Megan, it tasted A-MAZ-ing. Definitely the best banana bread I've ever baked! Alisa- I added the widget, thanks for the note!