Okay lets start with rye...this grain and I have gone some rounds and duked it out with eachother. We are aquaintences now, but by no means is rye in my inner circle. There is this sort of cautious trepidation everytime I start to bake with rye.
And lets talk about the special olive oil. I love Olivelle, and I have used their oils, salts, and vinegars for a few years now. The maple vanilla olive oil is definetly for the sweet breads and the flavor is incredible. I can't wait to use it in more recipes! You can for sure just use regular olive oil for the recipe, it just won't have the same flavor as this maple vanilla olive oil, and it really does add a lot to the recipe.
I also used Danko Rye from Barton Springs Mill and it has a very strong rye flavor. The farmer that grows this for Barton Springs is from my hometown. The grain has a natural cocoa flavor so I think pairing it with chocolate is such a great idea. You can use the code: Michal10 for a discount on your first order!
Rye Vanilla Maple Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups unmilled rye grain
1 1/2 cups unmilled soft wheat grain
1 cup succant
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup overripe mashed bananas (about 2 1/2 bananas)
1/3 cup Maple Vanilla Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mill the grain on the finest setting, It will give you about 5 cups of flour. Add the flour, and all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Mix together. Add the milk, eggs, olive oil, vanilla bean paste, mashed bananas, and chopped pecans. Mix together until incorporated. Don't over mix, so I suggest always mixing by hand with a wooden spoon when you are working with soft wheat. Grease a 1.5 or 2 pound loaf pan. Pour the batter in. This is the one I use, and you don't have to grease it. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it slides out clean. A nice split will happen in the top, and that is a job well done!
Hope you enjoy it as much as my family has! Slathered in butter and a glass of raw milk!