In Dutch, "lekker" means tasty, or more accurately, luscious. On the Hungry Birds food tour we took this summer in Amsterdam, we heard the term "lekker lekker" a lot.
One of the most "luscious" treats we had was a banana bread with frosting, almonds, and fresh fruit at the cafe at FOAM, Amsterdam's photography museum. This is what it looked like:
I made a version of this banana bread at home. I prepared
a cream cheese frosting and cut the sweetness with some Greek yogurt (I definitely recommend this). I also added some raspberries and lime zest to the frosting. Next time I'm going to add orange zest to the batter like I usually do when making banana bread.
(Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
4 large very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
zest of one orange
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tablespoon milk
4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon salt, or as needed
Almonds, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, lime zest to sprinkle on top, and honey lightly drizzled (optional)
Preheat to 350F degrees. Lightly spray and set aside a 9x5 loaf pan.
Mash the bananas and orange zest with a fork or potato masher. Add them to the batter in the end. Mix the butter and brown sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the eggs and beat well. Mix the yogurt and vanilla on medium speed for 1 minute.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until combined. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add the mashed bananas and orange zest. Stir everything together. Do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for around an hour. Loosely cover the bread with tin foil at about halfway.
Frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter on medium speed for 4 minutes until soft and combined. Add powdered sugar and beat until thick. Add milk and yogurt and beat on medium speed for 3 more minutes. Add salt as necessary. Decorate with fruit and almonds, and drizzle honey lightly on top. Serve and enjoy!!!