Freshly baked banana bread is a household classic. Who among us didn’t start baking it two or three times a week at the height of the pandemic lockdowns?
We’re firm believers that the best way to enjoy it is with a delicious cup of coffee on a cold winter's day. A new, fantastic combination is the caramel macchiato banana bread which is sure to tickle your tastebuds.
Here is everything you need to know to make and enjoy this decadent treat.
What This Article Covers:
- Banana Bread
- Caramel Macchiato
- Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread
- Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread Recipe
- Other Macchiato Infused Treats
Banana bread is a loaf traditionally made from mashed bananas and nuts originating from the United States. It’s an excellent way to use up bananas that are getting a bit old and aren’t all that appetizing to eat fresh.
Although it’s called ‘bread,’ it’s moist and sweet, more like a cake.
It’s usually enjoyed as a snack slathered with butter. Because it’s so easy to make, it’s a highly-versatile recipe and can quickly be flavored with chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, and just about whatever you have in your pantry.
That’s where our caramel macchiato comes into it.
A popular twist on the classic macchiato is the caramel macchiato. This pairing balances out the inherent bitterness of the coffee with sweet, nutty caramel.
Even experienced baristas balk at the idea of making one, so we recommend our caramel-flavored coffee beans to cut out a lot of the fuss. Alternatively, if you’re feeling confident, you can make a regular macchiato and add a splash of homemade caramel syrup to the espresso.
The caramel pairs wonderfully with the rich coffee by adding a sweet undertone to the richness of the espresso.
This combination can do more than just flavor banana bread. If you fancy yourself a baker, try your hand at a macchiato caramel cheesecake or our delicious caramel macchiato cookie recipe.
Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread
Caramel macchiato banana bread is a flavourful combination of caramel and banana, a classic combination, and a creamy Italian macchiato. What could be better?
The caramel and banana combine to provide a lovely sweetness while the espresso in the macchiato adds a rich bitterness which balances the overall flavor well.
This moist, fluffy treat can be enjoyed as a tea-time snack or dessert by the whole family.
What to Look for
The main ingredients in any banana bread are flour, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, bananas, oil, and sugar.
To get that decadent caramel-coffee flavor, we recommend using Lifeboost Coffee’s caramel macchiato coffee beans. It’s the quickest and easiest way to incorporate balanced caramel and coffee notes and, what’s more, they’re significantly healthier for you than the alternative.
You’re also going to want to add a pinch of salt to your drink. Maldon or sea salt is best, but fine table salt will do the trick too. The salt brings out the subtle flavors of the caramel and highlights its savory, nutty notes, making for a more complex drink.
The oil is an essential component as it keeps the batter from drying out. You should use a neutral oil without too much flavor, like peanut, vegetable, or canola oil.
Mashed bananas are obviously a major part of this treat and over-ripe bananas are even better to use as they provide a deeper sweetness to the bread.
Whenever you find a banana in your fruit bowl going a bit too brown, just throw it in the freezer and take it out an hour or two before you plan on baking. That way, you’re never more than a few short hours away from a loaf of delicious banana bread.
Throw in a pinch of cinnamon if you want to add a bit of spice and Christmas festivity to your banana bread.
Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread Recipe
- 1 lb Cake flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¾ lb light brown sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2-3 overripe bananas, mashed
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup oil
- 1-2 shots espresso
- 1 Tbsp caramel syrup
(If you’re using Lifeboost Coffee caramel macchiato coffee beans, skip the caramel syrup)
- Set the oven to 350 degrees F
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Line and grease an 8x4” loaf tin.
- In a separate, large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until they are almost smooth.
- Add the oil, milk, eggs, sugar, nuts, coffee, and caramel (or caramel-flavored espresso) to the mashed bananas and beat thoroughly until the mixture is smooth.
- Fold in the dry ingredients ⅓ at a time, making sure not to knock out the air.
- Pour the batter into your bread tin and bake in the hot oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- The bread is ready once a knife comes out clean, without any batter sticking to the blade.
- Allow the loaf time to cool in the tin before turning it out onto a wire rack.
Other Macchiato Infused Treats
Given the rising popularity of coffee all over the world, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen various cultures adopt the ingredient into their cuisine. Thanks to that, we’ve got a host of other baked treats that can pair deliciously with your favorite morning beverage.
Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes
Caramel macchiato cupcakes take one of our fondest childhood memories and update it with an adult twist.
These little pops of sweetness are perfect for an afternoon treat. You can even soak them in a coffee-liquer if you’re looking for something to really wake you up.
Caramel Macchiato Cakes
Our recipe for a caramel macchiato cake is easy to make and simply delicious. It’s the perfect thing to bring out at parties to wow your friends and simple enough to whip together if you have an hour free in the afternoon.
Our caramel macchiato banana bread recipe is the perfect balance between sweet and bitter, which, we think, is the entire philosophy behind a caramel macchiato in the first place.
By pairing the nutty sweetness of a deep caramel and the savory flavors of high-quality coffee with creamy bananas, you get a bake that’s better than the sum of its parts. Break out this recipe the next time you have friends over and you’re sure to impress even the fussiest eater.
Good luck and good baking.
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