I set out to make banana bread, but this ended up so incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully moist that I decided to call it a cakebread instead. Because it's kind of like a cake! Get it? Cakebread! Because it's sort of a bread but it's also sort of a cake.
Of course, one of the factors that contributed to this cakebread being so moist was that I incorporated strawberry preserves into the recipe. I knew I wanted to make banana bread, but I also wanted something a little more interesting than plain old banana bread. Strawberries and bananas always go well together, thus, strawberry banana bread (or, little did I know, cakebread. Have I beaten the cakebread thing to death yet? No? Cakebread.)I didn't blend the preserves up very well because I was hoping for some sticky oozy ribbons of strawberry throughout the bread and that's exactly what I got. Exhibit A:
This recipe is gluten-free, but it's based off of my old-standby banana bread recipe that contains gluten. So that means you can use the same amount of GF flour as you can regular gluteny flour.
Strawberry Banana Cakebread
makes 1 loaf
total time: 1 hour 15 minutesish
total hands on time: 15 minutes
What you'll need:
1 3/4 cups GF all-purpose flour mix (I used Arrowhead Mills)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup applesauce
3 ripe bananas, mashed (I don't mash mine completely because I like some thicker banana parts mixed in)
3/4 cup strawberry preserves or jam
What you'll do:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2.In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Mash bananas an
4. Whisk eggs with sugar.
5. Add egg mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well.
6. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients and mix very well, making sure all dry parts are totally incorporated. It is a VERY thick and sticky batter.
It's also a very sweet bread, so I bet you could even omit the 1/4 cup of sugar I used.
I'm eager to try this again using different kinds of jams or preserves. Such a simple addition to the banana bread batter, but so delicious.