Chef shares best ever banana bread recipe
The COVID-19 crisis has seen people go bananas for banana bread. Here’s RACV pastry chef Josh Cochrane's best recipe ever.
After weeks or even months of social isolation and being confined to the same four walls, millions of people around the world have started to go bananas… For banana bread.
The delicious loaf has emerged the real winner out of the #quarantinebaking trend, taking the mantle as the most Googled recipe during the coronavirus crisis. Searches for the ultimate banana bread recipe peaked in April, outpacing those for pancakes, brownies, chocolate cake and even muffins. And on Instagram, banana bread has amassed more than 1.3 million hashtags.
The banana bread boom leads the way in a global resurgence of comfort baking and a return to making things from scratch, which clinical psychologist and mindfulness consultant Richard Chambers says is all part of an inherent human coping mechanism in times of crisis.
“When you’re baking and giving a recipe your full attention, tuning into the sensory qualities – the tastes and the smells and the textures and the sounds – you’re deeply connected to the process," he says. "Any time we connect with the senses, it brings us into the present. That’s mindfulness and it makes us feel better.”
Whether you’re baking for comfort or just really love a slice of sweet, hot-buttered banana bread, RACV executive pastry chef Josh Cochrane shares his ultimate recipe – plus his top tips for aceing the bake. No saggy centres here.