Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt March 3, 2015

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt    3-2-2015

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

 I am sure most everyone has tasted or at least heard of  the very popular Greek dessert Baklava. A combination of  walnuts, almonds or pecans, cinnamon, sugar nestled in-between layers of buttery phyllo dough. If that doesn’t sound delicious enough,  after it is baked to a golden brown a sweet honey syrup is poured all over the baklava. The nut mixture soaks up this delicious syrup giving it a sweet soft texture that melts in your mouth.

Then you have delicious moist banana bread. I make mine with Fage Greek Yogurt and it is delicious. I make it often because I always seem to have bananas that get ripe before I have a chance to eat them. My intentions are good, as a New Year’s resolution I was set on making power smoothies to add to the resolution to exercise more. Well to my surprise the exercising is going much better than the smoothie making! But I am not going to give up, I still need to figure out if I really like smoothies. Or maybe I just want this smoothie to taste a little more like a frozen Marguerita or a frozen Mudslide, haha!

Ok, back to the fusion of the Banana Bread with the Baklava. It all started because I had to make several pans of Baklava for one of my customers. When I finished  I had some extra Baklava filling and several very unhappy over ripe bananas.

 So I thought why not fill the center of the Banana Bread with the leftover baklava filling. The only problem is that the baklava mixture is dry until after it is cooked in the Phyllo and then drenched in the honey syrup. So I made a few changes and came up with a really delicious Banana Bread with a moist sweet Baklava filling.

Baklava Honey Filling

Baklava Honey Filling

I just happen to be going to my Dentist SamTsakiris so I decided to take a loaf to him and the two really great women that work with him, Cindy and Sylvia. Well let me just say that if your dentist gives you the thumbs up on something sweet, you know it has to be good.

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

 prep time: 30min            bake time: 60 minutes            makes: 2 loaves

 Baklava Filling:

 2 cups walnuts toasted

Spices for Baklava Filling

Spices for Baklava Filling

1 cup pecans toasted

Baklava Honey Orange Filling

Baklava Honey Orange Filling

1/2 cups sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

freshly grated nutmeg or 1 tsp. ground

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. salt

Juice of 1 orange juice

2 Tbsp. honey

 Place all the ingredients in a cusinart and pulse until the nuts are ground well and they clump together. Remove and place in a bowl, they will be a little sticky and moist. Do not rinse out the cusinart bowl, you will need it again to mash the banana mixture.

 Banana Bread Batter:

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

 2 cups whole wheat bread flour

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

2 cups regular flour ( you can use all regular flour if you would like)

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

1 cup brown sugar

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

4-5 ripe bananas

1 cup Fage Greek yogurt ( I use plain 0% fat)

4 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer: blend the butter, vegetable oil, and brown sugar together. While that is mixing, using the cusinart bowl that you made the nut mixture in add the bananas, fage yogurt, eggs and vanilla, pulse until blended and bananas are a little chunky. Now add this mixture to the butter/sugar mixture. Let it blend for about 30 seconds.

In another bigger bowl mix the dry ingredients: the whole wheat flour, reg. flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Now pour the batter on top of the flour mixture all at once. Just mix it enough to be blended through. Do not over mix this batter.

 With cooking spray, coat 2 loaf pans and then place 1/4 of batter in bottom of each loaf pan. Sprinkle each pan with half of the baklava mixture, then top each pan with the rest of the batter. You can  save a little of the baklava mixture to sprinkle on top of the batter if you like. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15-20 minutes and then remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.

 Not only does this smell outrageously delicious, but it is so moist and delicious it melts in your mouth! Good luck and I know you will not be disappointed!

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Baklava Banana Bread with Fage Greek Yogurt

Chef Steff

 

 
 

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