https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/27267/banana-bacon-and-basil-bread

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This tasty treat combines a range of flavours that leave you wanting more.

Ingredients

  • 31/2 cups plain flour

  • 1 sachet instant dry yeast

  • 2 tsp caster sugar

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes, crushed

  • 1 1/4 cup milk, warmed

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 large Cavendish Bananas, diced

  • 60g baby spinach

  • 1/2 cup basil pesto

  • 100g rindless bacon, diced

  • ½ cup grated tasty cheese

  • Butter, to serve

Method

  • 1.

    Grease a 20cm (base) cake pan. Combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, milk, oil and half the diced

  • 2.

    Banana in bowl of an electric mixer. Mix with a dough hook until smooth and elastic, about 8

  • 3.

    Minutes.

  • 4.

    Remove the dough, grease the bowl and return the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea

  • 5.

    Towel. Set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

  • 6.

    Meanwhile, place spinach on a microwave-safe plate. Cover and microwave 30 seconds on

  • 7.

    High until just wilted. Set aside to cool then roughly chop. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the

  • 8.

    Pesto. Cook bacon in a small frying pan 2 minutes until light golden. Set aside to cool.

  • 9.

    Punch down the dough and turn out onto a floured work bench. Roll out to a 70cm x 40cm

  • 10.

    Rectangle, approximately 5mm-thick. Spread the pesto mixture evenly over the dough.

  • 11.

    Scatter over the cheese. From the long side, tightly roll dough into a log.

  • 12.

    Using a sharp knife, cut the log in half lengthways. Twist the two lengths together,

  • 13.

    Sandwiching the bacon and remaining banana between. Shape the twisted loaf into a scroll

  • 14.

    Shape. Place into the greased pan, tucking the ends in. Cover with wrap and set aside in a

  • 15.

    Warm place for 15 minutes.

  • 16.

    Preheat the oven to 160°C fan forced. Bake for 1 hour, covering with foil in the last 20

  • 17.

    Minutes if the bread is colouring quickly (this will depend on your oven). Stand in the pan for

  • 18.

    5 minutes before turning onto a board. Serve warm with butter.

  • 19.

    Tip To warm or reheat the bread, wrap in foil and place onto a tray. Heat 180°C fan forced oven for

  • 20.

    15 minutes.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Australian Bananas.

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