Banana Chestnut Cake…Quick Bread…Thing

What’s the difference between a quick bread and a cake anyway? We call this a cake in Switzerland. I know it’s not what it is here in the States. Watch my head explode!

Strangely enough, the ingredient combination (with white chocolate chips) in this cake…quick bread…thing ends up a bit reminiscent of marzipan. Try it, and tell me if I should make it official that I’ve gone & lost my marbles.

Make this bread into 6 jumbo muffins instead, lowering the baking time to 30 minutes.

Banana Chestnut Cake…Quick Bread…Thing:

Non-stick cooking spray
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces, 100 g) roasted chestnuts
2 large ripe bananas
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60 ml) canola oil
1/4 cup (60 ml) soy or other nondairy milk
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (92 g) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (96 g) raw sugar
1 cup (160 g) brown rice flour
1 cup (120 g) whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon (8 g) arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup (67 g) nondairy white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Lightly coat an 8 x 4-inch (20 x 10-cm) loaf pan with spray.
Blend chestnuts in food processor until finely ground. Add bananas, extract, oil, milk, applesauce, and sugar. Process until mostly smooth: it’s okay if there are small pieces of banana left.
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Fold wet ingredients into dry, being careful not to over mix. Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Place on a wire rack, still in the pan, for about 15 minutes before transferring directly to the rack, and letting cool completely before slicing or storing.

Yield: one 8-inch (20-cm) loaf

  • Celine says:

    thanks, Mel and Mama. the ever-elusive fairy godmother is most definitely a hard one to catch. as redundant as that sounds, it’s a fact. you better recognize!

  • vaala says:

    Now that is a very good question. I often ponder these sorts of things especially since we seem to adopt both the American and British words…at least I have the internet to attempt to clear the confusion up!

    By the way, if you’ve lost your marbles then it must be a good thing ’cause the cake/quick bread looks delicious. Plus, who wants to be normal anyway?

  • eliane says:

    we call that a cake, well, a “budín”, actually. but it’s on the cake side of things…
    do you think it will work with apples instead of bananas? I don’t like bananas (I know, I know, but stick to food…. oh, ok, nevermind)

  • Tea says:

    Thank you for the lovely comment! I was glad you could post it with croatian instructions :))

  • Celine says:

    you’re welcome, Tea. I must admit it took me several tries, and I hope you didn’t have to deal with ten thousand repeat comments from me.

    Eliane: I am not sure how it would work with apples. you’re thinking applesauce or apple bits?

    Vaala: isn’t the internet really around to further confuse us, though?