Sometimes I doubt myself whenever I'm making a recipe for which my inspiration for said recipe(in this case, http://sambazon.blogspot.com/2010/04/featured-recipe-acai-banana-bread.html) is pretty much the only one on the web that utilizes a particular ingredient(in this case, the acai berry)
Did you know if you leave out acai berry puree for 20 minutes at room temperature, you get a liquid that is the consistency of acai juie? I didn't until I made this bread.
The bread looked liquidy so I had doubts on whether the bread would actually cook. Well it did, but apparently purple liquids like acai berry puree turn brown in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven during the baking process, which is probably why this bread looks like the Chocolate Bread I made back in February.The insides of the bread may look burnt(or even like a war zone) but judging by the taste(which is really what counts), it was creamy in the center. As for the picture of me holding a slice of the bread, I poured some of the gooey center on top of a slice of this bread.
My dad liked this bread. In fact, he had two slices for himself! We ate half the loaf in one night! That's how good the bread was! The taste is definitely reminiscent of banana bread, with a hint of coconut and chocolate(from the acai berry puree). The taste of any granola was nonexistent and I only got a faint taste of strawberry once.
It's a really delicious bread, bottom line.
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
2 small bowls
A loaf pan
A baking sheet
For the bread:
1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. of lemon juice
1 tsp. of baking soda
1/2 cup of shredded, sweetened coconut
1/2 cup of granola
1/2 cup of chopped up strawberries
2 chopped up bananas
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp. of hot water
1 packet of acai puree, thawed
1. Crack the eggs open in a small bowl. Separate the egg yolks and egg whites by spooning out the yolks using a spoon. Put the yolks into a second small bowl.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl.
3. Add the egg yolks and next 8 ingredients into the large bowl. Mix all the ingredients together until you get a cohesive batter.
4. Stir the flour into the batter until it's well combined.
5. Whisk egg whites until stiff using a whisk. Pour the stiff egg whites into the batter and fold it into the batter.
6. Stir the hot water into the batter.
7. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray on all inside sides of the loaf pan.
8. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan.
9. Pour the puree on top of the batter in the loaf pan. Cover that puree with the remaining batter.
10. Using a spoon handle or wooden skewer, make acai swirs by stirring the batter in a circular motion.
11. Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 45 minutes, or until the bread is fully cooked. You can tell when the bread is done by sticking a toothpick into the bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. However, don't worry about the center of the loaf being gooey and liquidy. That's due to the bananas and is totally normal.
12. Let the loaf cool at room temperature for 15 minutes.
13. You could put stuff like butter or jelly on top of a slice of this bread but the bread is sweet enough as it is on its own(at least for me anyway).
14. Bon appetit!