There are a lot of people who really like bananas and so I’m assuming that they would also like banana bread, given the number of recipes one can find for it on the net. Well, I’m one of those who enjoy bananas as fruit but not in bakes. Any more out there like me in this preference?
*I didnu2019t have buttermilk so used 1/2 cup milk + 1 tsp white vinegar.
Put the 1/2 cup lukewarm water, buttermilk, yeast, salt, sugar, butter, cardamom and banana in a bowl large enough to hold about 2 1/2 litres of liquid. Lightly whisk everything together till mixed well.
Add the flour and mix everything without kneading, using a strong handled spoon (or in a mixer/ food processor with dough attachment). I always do this by hand as itu2019s easy and also means no cleaning up my food processor or attachments.
You can add a couple of tsps of lukewarm water if the dough is too dry. The dough should look shaggy and be a bit wet and sticky.
Cover the bowl (not airtight), and allow the dough to rise and collapse (or flatten on top). This should take about 2 hours.
You may use the dough at this point, but it is easier to handle when cold so refrigerate the dough for about half an hour.
Grease a round 9u201d cake tin with oil or butter.
Take the dough out of the fridge and lightly dust with flour. Divide the dough into eight equal portions. Dust each piece with more flour, if needed but resist temptation to use too much flour or the rolls will turn out tough.
Shape into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides while rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go. Similarly shape all the other pieces into balls.
You can bake this bread as a loaf if you prefer.
Arrange the balls of dough in the greased cake tin and lightly cover the tin with a damp towel. Allow the dough to rise, for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Bake the rolls at 180C (350F) for about 35 to 40 minutes till done and golden brown. If you want the crust of the rolls to be soft, brush them on top with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
Cool the rolls in the pan for about 5 minutes and then cool completely on a rack. Serve warm as you desire.