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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Banana Bread

So finally we have an oven at home.  Its a 40L Morphy Richards OTG that I bought through Flipcart and  love it.

After spending hours on the internet, trying to get simple recipes with ingredients that are easily available in stores nearby Gokulam, I found the most delightful recipe for Banana Bread.  I have changed the recipe a bit  so I could make it immediately in my new oven with ingredients that we have in the kitchen.  The result was delightful!  The dates and figs give it richness and the chocolate chunks become soft and moist inside the bread.  The whole experience is absolutely divine!

The picture was taken in the kitchen late in the evening with the fluorescent tube light that gives a bluish tinge :-)

Banana Bread

2 cups Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
4 large ripe Bananas
1 cup mixture of chopped dates & figs and chocolate chunks
100 gms butter (or substitute for vegans)
1/2 cup sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract


     Sieve the flour, baking powder and baking soda and keep aside (if using self raising flour do not add baking powder)
     Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl until creamy (5 mins)
     Add vanilla extract and mix
     Mash bananas and add to the mixture in the bowl
     Add mixture of dates, figs and chocolate chunks and mix all the ingredients
     Add flour spoon by spoon and mix with a spatula ensuring that all the flour mixes up well, forming a sticky dough
     Use a tablespoon or two of milk if necessary if the dough gets too thick to mix (I added a couple of tablespoons of milk, but this would depend upon the size of bananas used)
     Pour in two greased loaf tins and bake at 180ºC or 350ºF for around 45 minutes to 1 hour or until done
     Cool on a rack and slice; serve warm or at room temperature

Hope you enjoy making it as much as I did! 

Is my family happy or what!!!

I would like to give credit to my wonderful and dear friend Warren J. Baker for giving me tips on how to use the oven and how to bake.  Thank you Warren for everything you do for us! We love you!