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Makes one 9x5 inch loaf
Lior Lev Sercarz, from "Mastering Spice" by Lior Lev Sercarz
1 teaspoon green cardamom pods (2 grams)
1⁄4 teaspoon Muntok white peppercorns (1 gram)
1 1⁄4 teaspoons poppy seeds (5 grams)
3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, preferably Vietnamese (2 grams)
Finely grind the cardamom and peppercorns together and immediately mix with the whole poppy seeds and cinnamon.
1⁄2 cup (8 tablespoons) salted butter (114 grams), softened, plus more for the pan
1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour (168 grams)
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda (7 grams)
1 cup packed light brown sugar (200 grams)
1 cup mashed overripe bananas (from 2 large or 3 medium bananas; 235 grams)
2 large eggs (100 grams), at room temperature
1⁄3 cup labne or plain whole milk Greek yogurt (80 grams)
1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (3 grams)
To make the bread: Preheat the oven to 350°F.Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and butter the parchment.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, and spice mix in a small bowl. Beat 1⁄2 cup butter (114 grams) and the brown sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed just until well combined and then raise the speed to medium-high and beat until pale and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and add the bananas, eggs, labne, and vanilla. Beat on medium-low speed until thoroughly mixed. It’s okay if the mixture looks broken. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
With the machine running on low speed, gradually add the flour mix- ture. Beat just until the flour is incorporated, scraping the bowl as needed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.
Cool the loaf in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes and then turn it out, discard the parchment, and cool completely on the rack.
The banana bread will keep, tightly wrapped with plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer in an airtight freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw before serving (I like to toast the slices too).