2 cups well-mashed banana
1 cup strong black coffee
3/4 cups each raisins or nuts (optional)
Ingredients for butter mixture:
1 and 1/2 cups melted butter
1 and 3/4 cups brown sugar or 1 and 1/2 cups honey
4 eggs, room temperature
2 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
grated rind of one orange
Ingredients for flour mixture:
2 cups whole wheat
2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions – how to make coffee banana bread:
Preheat the oven to 350 degree (F).
Beat in a large bowl sugar and butter, add eggs one at a time, add remaining butter mixture ingredients, and beat until light in color.
Sift together twice the flour mixture ingredients.
Soak banana in coffee.
Add flour mixture and mashed banana alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour (flour, banana, flour, banana, flour) after each addition mix gently to combine, but do not beat or otherwise over mix – this toughens and dries the the cake.
Add 3/4 cups raisins or nuts last (optional).
Generously butter two loaf pans and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Divide batter and bake.
Serve plain or with butter or cream cheese.
(Cool ten minutes in the pan, then remove to finish cooling)