Warm, moist and so soft, this homey Walnut & Fig Banana Bread spells comfort. A slice of this freshly baked bread will make you feel all is well with the world!
Years ago when I had started baking, there were all these basic cakes I felt the need to master – vanilla, chocolate, Victoria sponge cake, swiss rolls, etc, etc.. One time my aunt treated me to a simple banana bread, I realized that this is one recipe that everyone must have in their repertoire.
This walnut & fig banana bread is very basic and simple. It is a one-bowl recipe. All you need is a bowl, a fork, and ripe bananas. No need to get your mixer out. No separating eggs, beating the whites till stiff…Plain simple dump everything in a bowl, one after another and mix. I think the simplicity of this cake is what makes it so heartwarming too.
One thing you must ensure is that you’re using very ripe bananas. They will give you the sweetest and the best banana flavour. Makes mashing them with a fork easier too. I tend to keep it chunky as opposed to a smooth puree as I like that rustic texture.
This is a basic recipe that allows any number of variations. You can use all-purpose flour or buckwheat instead of wholewheat flour. Add jaggery powder in place of brown sugar. Leave out the figs and walnuts, add any nuts of your choice. Throw in some chocolate chips if you want. Even some flax or pumpkin seeds. A teaspoon of coffee powder in the batter will transform this banana bread into a delicious coffee cake. You get the drift, right?!
This walnut & fig walnut bread is a keeper, I promise you. Its great one for snacking and keeps well in the tiffin too. Drizzle it with salted caramel sauce to turn this simple cake into a decadent dessert!