Banana Bread with Guava Paste
My grandmother and I have many things in common; before letting food go to waste, we prefer making up a recipe of our own, and luckily when the result turns out great, we are all very satisfied. This happened to us last week with some bananas (or plantains) that are close to overripening and could only be used to make a smoothie.
Suddenly, my grandmother’s face lightened up and she then exclaimed, “These are perfect for a banana bread with guava paste!!!!” Therefore, everyone in the kitchen was touched by joy. I started to remember the afternoons in Bogotá, devouring portions of this delicacy accompanied by a cold glass of milk.
To clarify, in Colombia we refer to cake as torta, while in other countries cake can be referred to as pastel or tarta. This recipe is the equivalent of the famous American banana bread, literally means pan de banana in Spanish. Our version includes guava paste, pieces of cheese, just like it was portrayed in my memories.
Little by little, this blog will be revealing my grandmother’s recipes, and I am proud to share them with you. I know that the Colombians that live abroad can relate.
- 2 bananas
- 1 guava paste cut in pieces
- ½ cup of shredded cheese (fresco or mozzarella)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup of sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 cup wheat flour
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- Smash the bananas until they end up like a purée.
- Add the sugar and little by little add the other ingredients, leaving the flour for last.
- If the mix becomes a bit dry, try adding some milk.
- Grease a baking pan and add the mix.
- Bake for approximately 12 minutes or insert a toothpick or knife tip until it comes out clean.
- This cake can be consumed warm or at room temperature, and accompanied with a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of milk.