Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bread bread Banana Bread !!!!!!












The most simple and yet the very tasty Banana bread is here. I used to wonder why is this one called a bread and not cake or even cake like. Yes this one is called a bread. Well, I think and conclude as far as my information from Wikipedia, Its all in the texture. The cake has a delicate texture whereas this one has a more dense texture and maybe because it comes in a loaf shape.




Banana, ohhhhh such a tasty fruit. A healthy one I must say. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you in a fever or on a hot day. High in potassium and low in salt. They are not for just for monkeys ;)









Whatever the reason my family is in love with this one. I prefer a lil more healthier version as I use less amount of sugar, oil instead of butter. You can replace melted butter for oil. As for the sugar, If you don't have brown sugar just add the same amount of white sugar. I adore the colour that brown sugar imparts to any bakes.






The sweetness of sugar is taken care by the over ripe bananas. I love the way the taste of the banana just stand out. Something that can be had for breakfast or with your evening cup of coffee or tea. Its out of the world when you toast them with butter. Serve them plain and they are good to go.


Firstly,  sift the flour, cinnamon, n baking soda together. Keep them aside you will need it only later.





Beat the egg and sugar together. I would like to remind you that you really dont need to cream the egg and sugar till very fluffy. Just beat in till they are lil foamy kind.











The bananas that you use should be really ripe that will be for sweetness. Here I have used the small bananas available here. I love them they taste very good. If you go for the usual Chiquita 3 nos. Would be enough.



The crunch effect - the chopped nuts comes in. You can seriously skip this part but a lil crunchy piece is tasty too. Go for any nuts you love.





 I have used a disposable loaf mould you can go for any loaf tin. These disposable ones are very good when you are planning to give away the bakes as gifts.






And some time in the hot oven and woow take it out slice it, and nom nom nom !!!






Adapted from : allrecipes.com


Ingredients:


1 3/4 Cups of all purpose flour or maida

1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp White sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Brown sugar
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
3 ripe bananas mashed
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Chopped nuts (I have used almonds)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F)


Sieve well together the Flour, Baking soda and salt. Keep aside.

In a Mixing bowl beat together eggs and sugar until creamy. There is no need to beat it till very very  fluffy. Now add in the oil and buttermilk and mix all these until incorporated well. Then Fold the sifted flour in three batches and finally add in the chopped nuts.
Pour the batter into a greased tin loaf and bake in the oven for 25 - 30 mins or until the skewer inserted comes out clean.

voila yum!! yumm!!! Super duper moist and a quick one to make.








Monday, 24 March 2014

Brownie with Peanut butter swirls




My little one will have his vacations from next week and I am planning to make some goodies for his friends and teachers at school . I asked him, "what shall I make for you, cupcakes, a big cake or cake pops?" Pat came the reply, " Make Brownies Maa " .

Awwwh that was so nice of him. I know it well that he has a special liking towards brownies. he just loves them. Alhumdulellah I have noticed these days that he is enjoying the bakes a lot. He eagerly waits for the them to be out of the oven. He gives me amazing and very flattering feedbacks too. Once he said "Maa you are so amazing at making cakes". I can never forget that and I never have to ask him how it is. I just come to know by his comments.





Here I am again with my love for peanut butter :) This new experiment came in as I was planning to make swirl brownies. The one with cream cheese. Yeah :) I know you know it ;)

Well, so I was all set mentally prepared to make a small batch of swirl brownies and my eyes went on a jar of roasted peanuts. Why not make swirls with peanut butter, as chocolate and peanut butter is a good combo :) I made these with home made peanut butter which was a lil gritty compared to the store bought ones. I recommend using the smooth one. As it affects the swirly effect. Mine did  :(


For this Brownie I followed a different procedure. No creaming the butter and sugar then adding the eggs and then flour. Instead melted the complete butter and chocolate, beat the eggs and sugar well and then the rest of the ingredients follow. So the result is a very fudgy brownie.



For the peanut butter mixture I followed the usual cream cheese method and woah cream cheese and peanut butter , I am sure you can't stop at one.

The Chocolate and butter all melted, added to the eggs and sugar mixture.


The cocoa powder mixed in the chocolate - egg mixture.


In goes the flour


Prepare your pan, For the brownies I always line the tin with a little extra foil or wax paper whatever you prefer (see the pic below). I grease the foil on the inside so that the brownies don't stick after baking. results in easy removal.


Pour in the prepared batter , spread with spatula. Then  put spoonfuls of peanut butter- cream cheese mixture. We are not spreading it all over the brownie batter just putting spoonfuls here and there.Take a skewer/Thin knife and create swirls. Remember not to over do the swirls.


The swirl effect on this one me not very happy but for taste, it really gets a 10 on 10.
So, time to tempt your taste buds.

The Recipe gives you 16 pieces.


Ingredients:

For the Brownies:

3/4 Cup Chopped (semi sweet )chocolate / Choco Chips 
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
3 Eggs
2 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp of Vanilla
1 Cup All Purpose flour

For the Peanut Butter Swirls:

1/3 Cup cream cheese
1/2 Cup Peanut butter
3 Tbsps Sugar
1 Egg
1-2 Tbsp of Milk

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 180 Deg (350 Deg F) 

For the Peanut Butter Swirls : Beat the softened cream cheese only until smooth. do not over beat Cream cheese. Add in the peanut butter once alls mixed well add in the sugar, again mix it well.Add the egg and beat for 20 secs until incorporated.

For the Brownies : Melt the Butter and Sugar together until nice and smooth. In a Mixing bowl lightly beat the Sugar and eggs together . Add in the melted chocolate. Mix all these well. Now add the cocoa powder and vanilla essence. Now fold in the flour gently and when it gets incorporated give it a good mix. Pour the Batter in a prepared tin spread it on all sides. Now put dollops of peanut butter mixture randomly and make swirls with a skewer. Put it in the oven and bake it for 22-25 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out with some moist crumbs.

Cut it into Squares . Have a bite n mmmmmm

Please share your valuable feedback or comments :)
Do not forget to share the pics if you try out the recipe .

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

New Endeavours of my Life

Blogging after sooo long. Got busy with new endeavours of my life :) yes gotta share this, like I had said in my earlier post after my participation in the India Depressed Cake shop, that I hope to take my passion to the next level. Yes by the grace of my Almighty , the most beneficent and the support of my loved ones I have taken it to next level. I have started conducting Baking Classes :) yeaaaahhhhhh. I am super happy about it.

I had to do something with my love for baking. Baking just for my family and friends was not enough for me. Few friends in my new neighbourhood asked me if I can teach them baking as they were interested and that sparked off in me, why not conduct classes or workshops for people interested. The thought itself excited me but was not sure how its all gonna work out.


Then began my days and nights for making a flyer for my Baking class thanks to Postermywall.com I could make lovely flyers without any cost.(here is the pic of my flyer).





I came to know about this site through Marina Ma'am, a person whose been conducting baking and cooking classes for so long. Such a great lady I admire her a lot. she is the one who inspires me by her hardwork, honesty and dedication towards her students and class. Learnt a lot from her. Thank you Ma'am.


 The flyer was ready and was sent to the mailing group of the apartment complex that I live in. Started off with 1 person for basics in baking. Was nervous in the beginning but once I started baking everything just fell into place. I was happy with the way I conducted it. Wow never felt like I am doing it for the first time.


The transition of my dining area into a baking class was a lovely sight to look at (lots of pictures to share) :) Boxes of flour, Sugar , Butter kept neatly on the table wow its simply beautiful.




It makes you feel so good. so confident so happy. Considering the back ache problems that I have after I finish the class it aggravates but the content feeling and happiness that it gives Simply in love with it. Yeah actually loving every bit of it.

Here are the pictures of the classes being conducted and the baked goodies taken home by the participants.

The Purpose behind this write-up was if you are the one who wants to do something that you like. A thing that you are passionate about then just go for it. Initiate with a small thing and the rest will follow :) something should always excite you and pep you up in life.wow its such a nice feeling. Wish me the best in bringing all this together and sharing this beautiful joy of baking with all lovely people out here in this beautiful world. Go for your zeal :) Love u all