Strawberry Banana Sourdough Bread

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Late last year I posted a recipe for Sourdough Banana Bread and I was pretty darn excited about it! I thought it was a really good banana bread, didn’t think that it could get better until my eldest, darling boy decided that he wanted strawberries in it too. What a great idea! I always say that my boy is my little recipe creator. He has a knack for combining the most wonderful and interesting flavours. I can’t wait for him to get a few more years in him and then he’d be my little side-kick in the kitchen! =)

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In addition to adding strawberries, I also made a few modifications from my Sourdough Banana Bread recipe. I thought that the last recipe was a tad too sweet for me and this time I added a bit more banana and omitted the sugar all together. The sweetness from the bananas and the applesauce is mild but perfect for me.  This loaf came out of the oven as though bananas were literally going burst out of it. The sweet smell of banana was so irresistible that I ate two slices as soon as it was cool enough touch! I think it would go great as a breakfast bread with a bit of butter or you could accompany it with a little honey or jam (or whatever spread you like). In fact, I ate them plain and let me say that there was nothing ‘plain’ about them!  =P

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Another thing I discovered is that this loaf holds up pretty well even in the absence of egg. This discovery sort of happened as an accident as I realized too late that I had forgotten to add the egg when the loaf was already in the oven! To my relief, the end product was still amazing! =) And if you use coconut oil instead of butter, you could make this a vegan recipe. In fact, this is what I will be trying next. I think coconut oil will bring a beautiful aroma and will add to the delicious combination of flavours to the bread. For the meantime, this loaf will more than satisfy my belly and lift up my mood on a rainy, foggy day like today.  =)

Strawberry Banana Sourdough Bread

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup butter
  • ¼ Cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 medium riped bananas, mashed (around 2 cups)
  • 1 scant cup fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 Cup unfed sourdough starter
  • 2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. With an electric beater, beat together butter, applesauce, and mashed bananas in a medium mixing bowl
  3. Stir in sourdough
  4. In another bowl, mix together the whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined
  6. Stir in diced strawberries
  7. Pour into a greased 9 x 5 inch baking pan
  8. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F. for one hour or until tester comes out clean
  10. Allow it to cool completely before slicing
  11. Enjoy!

Note: You may like to substitute strawberries for walnuts, raisins, or chocolate chips.  You may also like to use chia seeds, poppy seeds, or other toppings instead of sesame seeds.  I would also like to mention that most people may not consider this a ‘sweet’ loaf, if you would like a sweeter bread, feel free to add 1/2 cup (or to taste) of sugar or sweetener of your choice. 

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