You could say I’ve been on quite a bit of a wholemeal journey as of late. Now before you start rolling your eyes and classifying me as a pseudo-health-blog-wannabe, as much as I accede I try cutting healthier corners when I can, I’ve begun to really fall in love with the hearty, nutty and rustic flavour of wholemeal. There is a Malay saying that goes “tak kenal, maka tak cinta”, which loosely means if you don’t acquaint yourself with it, you can’t possibly love it. And such is my relationship with wholemeal, of whom my initial perception was somewhere along the lines of insipid, lackluster blandness, and by that I’m referring to the few times I actually didn’t conveniently gloss over anything with the word ‘wholemeal’ in cafes and bakeries.
Having tried wholemeal in muffins, loaf cakes and even brownies, I must say that the texture and depth it lends to each bake has definitely won me over. Though the same can’t be said for my mother who somehow always manages to detect the faintest smidgen of wholemeal (aside: I’m beginning to understand how it feels like in her shoes, sneaking vegetables or variations of red meat on my plate). Her lack of approval is one of the reasons I baked this wholemeal banana cake when she was away.
The main reason, though?
This hearty, gorgeously deep brown banana loaf is 100% wholemeal, only calls for 2 tablespoons of butter and milk, less than a cup of sugar, and yet it received the full 5-star rating on the site;– now, if that doesn’t pique your baking curiosity, then I’m pretty sure you’re probably just the flour nazi.
Wholemeal Banana Cake
(adapted from here)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
3/4 cup brown sugar
3-4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
3 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 200C / 400F.
- Beat butter and sugar until well combined. Add egg and mashed bananas and mix well.
- Sift the flour and baking powder together, and gently fold into the banana mixture. Stir and milk to combine.
- Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan, and bake for 40-45mins, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.