Helen Chiu Westchester
Dear Helen: We loved the combination of bananas, poppy seeds and dates in this rich, moist recipe.
Slice the loaves and serve the slices on their own (or with a little cream cheese, as the bakery recommends), or give them as gifts. They make a beautiful presentation garnished with caramelized sliced bananas and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Banana poppy seed loaf
Total time: 1 1/2 hours
Servings: 2 loaves (about 8 servings each)
Note: Adapted from Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe in Santa Monica. This recipe requires 2 small (8 1/2 - by-4 1/2 -by 2 1/2 -inch) metal or glass loaf pans.
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, plus extra for greasing the pans
1 1/2 cups (6.4 ounces) flour
1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces) whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
3/4 cup sugar plus 1 teaspoon, divided
3/8 teaspoon salt
5 very ripe bananas, plus 1 1/2 fresh bananas, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract