After all that baking for the wedding, I have accumulated massive amounts of extra baking ingredients. Fortunately, I had some super ripe bananas and cake spice from Penzeys Spices that I have been anxiously wanting to try out.
I was introduced to Penzeys a while ago by my friend Kate and absolutely fell in love with the store. It is packed with the most amazing spices you can imagine. Obviously, I took off to the section that I knew I would find spices for baking. I picked up this cake spice that contains China cassia cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves. I love the rich color.
After much thought, I decided to make a banana bread. All I did to alter my recipe was to add one teaspoon of the cake spice.
The smell of baked bread is so yummy. I was good this time and remained patient while the bread cooled.
Finally, a slice of sweet goodness. The cake spice definitely changed the taste just a bit, but honestly, next time I will put in two teaspoons* of the cake spice. I like bold flavors in sweet breads, but this was a good start and still very good. Moist, a little warm and you can taste the banana…the way a banana bread should be.
*Recall comment! So I decided, the banana bread is good as is. I took a bite of it later today and boy was it yummy. Who knows…maybe I ate something before I tasted it originally.