Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Wakiki. When we traveled there in 1987, she asked me to check if the "shrimp-pink" colored hotel was still there. While my husband was at a conference, Erin, Kelly and I took off the first day we arrived to find it; now nestled between large buildings, but nonetheless still "pink" and beautiful. We took lots of photos to show her, however three days into our trip, I received a call that my mother had been taken to the hospital and been diagnosed with a brain tumor. I flew, with my sister, to be with her, leaving my family to make memories in Hawaii to share with me later. My mother passed away four months later, but I did get to share photos of her Hawaii and our girls loving it as much as she did.
So, baking this morning had special meaning to celebrate my mother's life. Intertwining flavors of dried pineapple, papaya, guava, and coconut with macadamia nuts and a trio of spices gives this banana bread a refreshing new taste. I decided to bake them in mini loaf pans so I could give them as gifts or freeze easily...especially for when winter comes and I want to imagine warmer temperatures. LOL
Aloha Banana Bread
6 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
2 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 T orange zest
3 T fresh orange juice (from 1/2 orange)
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cardamon
1/4 tsp. mace
1 tsp. Hawaiian Vanilla
1 tsp. Banana Flavor
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 oat flour*
3/4 cup Tropical Dried Fruit Blend
3/4 cup Macadamia Nuts, chopped
Preheat oven 350F-degree. Spray a 9"x5" loaf pan with a non-stick spray or you can use mini pans, like I did or even a muffin pan.
[*to make oat flour, process old-fashioned oatmeal in a food processor or blender.]
Mash the bananas and add the orange zest and juice to the banana mixture.
In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, combine the sugars, eggs, milk, banana mixture and cooled melted butter. Beat well. Add the vanilla and banana flavoring and the spices. Mix until combined. Remove bowl from stand and add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine. (It's important with quick breads not to over mix!) Finally fold in the tropical dried fruit blend and macadamia nuts and combine thoroughly.
Spoon or scoop the batter into the prepared pans.
Sour Cream Coffee Cakes and decided to sprinkle some on top. This is a good topping to have on hand and sometimes I mix up a batch and freeze it for just these times when I wanted a little extra crunch on muffins or breads.
Let breads cool in the pan.