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Paleo Black Sesame Banana Bread

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Nothing like a good old bit of Banana Bread right?! Wrong! You mean nothing like a good old bit of Georgie’s Banana Bread! I am not even ashamed to say that I have eaten half of this loaf already and that there is only a small slither of it left (in a good hiding place).

The kids and my significant other told me that this is even better than Banana Bread, that it is just too good to be true – I agree with them. This is perfection in a loaf. It is light and fluffy yet moist, it springs back when you give it a little poke and it’s flavours are intense but not over powering. This my friends is some rather sophisticated Banana Bread you got going on here.

Although I have stated that you will need a food processor you could make this by hand the traditional way but it won’t come out as smooth. You will also require a 9″ x 5″ loaf tin. If at anytime you find that the top of the loaf is browning too quickly cover the tin loosely with tin foil, shiny side facing upward, this will prevent it from burning.

The best part is that this is both gluten and nut free! This is one of my first bits of Paleo nut free baking and boy has it paid off. Just divine! It is great served with a cup of coffee or even a matcha latte!

Makes: 1 small loaf (10-12 slices)

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the banana bread:

2 medium ripe bananas
2 eggs
100g raw unsalted grass-fed butter (or coconut oil)
100g coconut sugar
75g Sukrin Sesame Flour
75g tapioca flour
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the sugar ‘crust’:

2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp raw honey (melted)
1 tsp black sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Start by pre-heating your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Line a 9″ x 5″ loaf tin with baking parchment and grease. Set aside until needed.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients for the banana bread into the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth. This will take no longer than 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer into the lined loaf tin and place into the oven. Cook the loaf until it is hot in the middle but a toothpick does not come out clean. You want your loaf to be on the verge of being ready.
  5. Remove the loaf from the oven and pour over and spread your sugar crust mix.
  6. Return the loaf to the oven until fully cooked – this time your toothpick should come out clean and hot to the touch.
  7. Remove the loaf from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before carefully turning out and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.

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Paleo Garlic, Olive & Rosemary Focaccia Bread

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So the wonderful people at Perfectly Paleo sent me some Sukrin Sesame Flour to create a bread with. We both decided that focaccia would be fab!

Now as you may (or may not know) I have never been a bread fan. Not even before I embarked upon a Paleo diet. Bread was always lifeless and weighty and I just didn’t like it. This bread though is lovely.  I actually really enjoyed this much to my own surprise. I put this down to the big flavour burst that you get from the little pockets of garlic and rosemary. Even my kids loved this and have been telling me that I should be baking this daily and putting it into their lunch boxes?!

What I like best about this bread is that it is gluten-free, grain-free & even nut-free!

It does however require yeast, so if you have cut yeast out completely from your diet you might find that you have a very flat bread indeed, but it will still be tasty!

Serves: 4 people

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Proofing Time: 1 hour

Cooking Time: Roughly 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the yeast mixture:

1/2 tbsp dried active yeast
25ml nut or coconut milk
25ml cold water
25ml boiling water
1 tbsp coconut sugar

For the bread mixture:

1 cup tapioca flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
2 eggs
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp coconut oil melted

For the seasoning:

1/2 bulb garlic (peeled)
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Handful of mixed olives (I used Nocellara and Leccino olives)
Extra 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)

Method:

  1. Firstly prepare your yeast mix. In a cup or measuring jug combine your milk, cold water & hot water.
  2. Stir in your yeast and coconut sugar until the coconut sugar begins to dissolve. Leave to stand for around 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine your tapioca, sesame and coconut flours.
  4. Add your salt, baking powder and stir until evenly distributed. (Sometimes I find it easier to just use a whisk!)
  5. Next add your melted coconut oil and eggs.
  6. Your yeast mixture should now have doubled in size. Give it a good stir and pour into the flour mixture.
  7. Now add your apple cider vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and mix until your have a nice tacky dough.
  8. Line a 6″x8″ baking tin with greased parchment paper and transfer your dough. Grease your hands with a little coconut oil to prevent the dough from sticking to you and  ‘knuckle’ the dough in until it is nice and even.
  9. With a greased finger indent the dough with roughly three rows of four indentations that are evenly spaced out.
  10. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to proof in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. This can be inside your oven with the light on or if you’re good at judging temperature pre-heat it for a few minutes with the door open.
  11. Whilst you are waiting for your bread to proof prepare your seasoning. In a pestle and mortar grind together your garlic, fresh rosemary and salt into a paste. If you have problems removing the rosemary from the stalk the best way to do it is to pull the leaves downwards in the opposite direction to how it grows and they should just slide off easily!
  12. Stir in your olive oil and set aside until the bread has risen. This will ensure that the flavour absorbs into the oil – yummy!
  13. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees or Gas Mark 4.
  14. Once the bread has risen, press into your indentations again and fill in with the seasoning.
  15. Press in your olives and pop in the oven for around 20 minutes.
  16. Your bread will be done once it is golden brown on top and has come away from the sides a little. The best way of testing this is to pop a sharp knife into the middle of the bread and if it comes out clean and boiling hot to the touch then it is ready!
  17. Once ready drizzle over the remaining olive oil and leave to cool for around 10 minutes before lifting out of the tin.
  18. Slice into 4 pieces and serve warm. Delicious!

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