Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Madagascar and the Weirdest Banana Bread I've Ever Baked

I've been reading a U.N. cookbook on rice. This is the recipe from Madagascar:
Riz aux Bananes
Serves 3-4

3 measures of rice flour
1 kg of bananas
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


"Mash bananas, put them in bowl and mix in the bicarbonate of soda. Add rice flour, little by little, until dough is liquid but thick. Depending on the consistency, not all the rice lour need be used.

"If you are able to find leaves from a traveller's palm, place small amounts of the dough in small leaves and fold the filled leaves to form a packet.

"Next, place the packets in a cooking pot and add water to the top of the packets. Cook them over medium heat until done, adding water to the pot if necessary. If you cannot get any traveller's palm leaves, put the dough in a bowl, cover the bowl, put it into a cooking pot with some water in the bottom, and cook in the bain marie.

"Stick a knife in the middle of the dough. If it is done cooking, the knife will come out clean.

Obviously, this is a recipe that is open for interpretation. I used 1 banana, 7 tablespoons of rice flour, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Since I had neither traveller's palm leaves nor a formal bain marie, I put the dough in a coffee mug (traveller's palm, right?) and the coffee mug in a saucepan of water.

It came out looking like this:

That's rock-like on the bottom, moist in middle, raw on top. Not one to be put off by weird-looking bread, I sliced off a bit and ate it anyway. It tasted like rice flour mixed with banana then boiled in a coffee mug.

But it was pretty good toasted.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Came across your recipe while looking for a rice-based banana bread recipe. YICK! Amusing read, though.