Xylitol is derived from the fibrous parts of plants. Many fruits, like raspberries, plums and bananas are rich in xylitol and as a result, substituting regular sugar with xylitol makes natural sense when baking with these types of fruit. This bread recipe yields a sweet bread with a wonderful, tropical aroma that makes the whole house smell inviting. Since it is "sugar-free" it is great for diabetics or anyone concerned about excess sugar consumption.
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 cup XyloSweet xylitol granules
3 to 4 very ripe bananas, coarsely mashed
½ cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans - coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 175° (Gas Mark 4 or 350° F). Grease and flour a 13 cm x 23 cm (9 x 5 inch) loaf pan.
In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and nuts). Set aside while preparing the wet ingredients.
Using an electric mixer cream the butter and xylitol together until light and well combined. Add the bananas and lightly beaten eggs. Mix well. Add the buttermilk and mix just until all of the buttermilk is incorporated into the batter. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter and stir, but do not over mix as the final batter should still be lumpy.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Fill only about 2/3 full - the bread will rise and spill over the pan if it is filled too full. Any remaining batter could be put into individual muffin tins (note that these would require less baking time). Bake for about 55 minutes to one hour at which point the bread should be a golden brown and the bread will have pulled away from the sides of the pan slightly. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Remove from oven and allow the bread to rest for 5 minutes or so prior to removing from the pan. Let the bread cool completely prior to slicing.
To store: wrap the bread in plastic wrap and store at room temperature overnight or for longer storage, wrap and place in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.