Extreme ginger-carrot-banana bread

Cat challenged me to come up with a banana recipe, and I happened to have some overripe ones, so here.

This is more of a kuchen than a bread. It’s very gingery, even if you use very fat young juicy ginger, as I did. If you get that gnarly small ginger, use less. The zippier the ginger tastes raw, the zippier your bread will come out, so use your judgment, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Jennifer’s extreme ginger-carrot-banana bread

Grease a 9×9-inch square pan. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

1/2 cup grated ginger, pureed in a blender
1/2 cup grated carrot – I used a white one because I had one

1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon yellow cornmeal
2-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon allspice – next time I’ll pulverize some cardamom

1 or 2 eggs (2 makes it moister)
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup overripe banana, very well mashed

Toss the ginger and carrot together. Set aside.

Sift the dry ingredients. (Actually I just use a wire whisk, because the last three sifters I owned drew blood. I am not kidding. Vicious things. Worse than a mandoline.)

Thoroughly beat together the eggs, melted butter, and banana. Add the carrot-ginger mixture and blend well.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a few swift, gentle strokes. Let some of the dry ingredients be dry; they’ll finish moistening in the pan. Pour the mixture into the pan.

You may want to top it with streusel (brown sugar, flour, and softened butter mixed together), though I don’t see the point.

Bake for about 40 minutes.

Nice with more butter melting on it, fresh out of the oven. Quite gingery and bananary! I’m tempted to add half a cup of tiny bitter chocolate chips next time, plus that cardamom.

About Jennifer Stevenson

Jennifer Stevenson’s Trash Sex Magic was shortlisted for the Locus First Fantasy Novel Award and longlisted for the Nebula two years running. Try her fantasy series Hinky Chicago, which is up to five novels, her paranormal romances Slacker Demons, which are about retired deities who find work as incubi, or her women’s fiction fantasy series Coed Demon Sluts, about women solving life’s ordinary problems by becoming succubi. She has published more than 20 short stories.

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