This is banana bread masquerading as a snack cake.
A few years ago, one of the mom’s at my daughter’s school asked me if I had a “go to” banana bread recipe. She knew I baked a lot and that I was always on the hunt to find or develop the perfect version of whatever my current obsession was. At that time it was scones, so when she asked me about banana bread, I was a bit stumped. I didn’t have a go to banana bread. I had over a dozen recipes; some I liked better than others…some were lightened up, some decadent, but I didn’t have “the one.”
I shared the recipes I liked best with her, but made a mental note to work on finding a solid recipe I could ear mark as my “go to.” I don’t remember exactly how I happened upon this recipe, but it’s from the famous Flour Bakery. I remember my sister texting me pics of treats from there when she was visiting Boston. She raved about the choices she made. So when I found this particular recipe, I thought it was worth a trial run.
And it was. This banana bread is moist and full of banana flavor. The long whipping time at the beginning of the recipe adds some loft to the batter, but be careful not to go too crazy with beating or the cake will sink when it cools. Oh, right, did I say cake? Banana bread snack cake? Well, back to that…I often like to bake quick breads in square baking pans instead of the traditional loaf pans. The first reason is that quick breads bake ever so much quicker in a square pan; the second reason is that I think banana bread is one of the most delicious bases for a dessert.
Because it was a weeknight and dessert is not an every day occurrence at our house (much as my kids might support that idea…) I tried to not go too crazy with an over the top dessert. So, I torted each square, spread some nutella on the cut half, added some sliced bananas, put the top back on and then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. I think some toasted nuts would have been delish in the filling as well, but the concoction was quite popular as it was, rendering my family silent while they enjoyed their weeknight treat.
Being able to cut your “bread” into squares and then top it with delicious things takes banana bread from its classic bread slice….to easy snack cake….. to decadent dessert….”quick”ly.