One of the biggest additions (literally) to my kitchen this past year has been my oven.
I was previously using an old oven that belonged to my parents, and handed down to me. It was extremenly useful for my initial experiments. This was one of those old-time round ovens, that is still apparently available in stores in Kerala. Haven’t seen them anywhere else though. Anyway, this particular piece was getting old, and I really wanted something new that wouldnt give up on me in the middle of an experiment! ;P So in came my brand new Sunflame.
One of the baking experiments that has held true to taste has been the Banana Walnut bread. I got the recipe from here, and have made a couple of modifications to get mine right. Not big ones, but enough to make it mine.
So here goes!
- Whole wheat flour – 1 cup (I use freshly made atta from a nearby chakki/flour mill, rather than prepackaged ones)
- Maida/All purpose flour – 1/4 cup
- Bananas – 2 large ones (Robusta only, preferably very ripe)
- Sugar – 3/4 cup
- Yoghurt – 2 tbsp
- Milk – 1/4 cup
- Oil – 4 tbsp (vegetable oil only)
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
- Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
- Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp
- Walnuts – 1/2 cup (optional)
- Can replace this with any other dry fruit as desired. Also the amount of walnut is also to taste.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg Celsius.
- In a mixing bowl, peel the bananas and make a paste using a blender or with your hands.
- Add in the milk, yoghurt, sugar, oil and vanilla essence and blend well using a blender/whisk.
- Sift the flours, salt and baking powder to mix well, and gently add them to the mix.
- Blend the entire mix carefully.
- Add in the walnuts and mix evenly.
- Grease a bread tin, and transfer this mix into.
- Bake the bread for 35 mins.
- Check around 30 mins by inserting a toothpick. Depending on the oven, the time taken for the bread to get done will differ.
- Once the toothpick comes clean, you bread is ready to come out of the oven.
- Let it sit for 5 mins before transfering it to a grill to cool down.
- Dont put it onto a plate, as the moisture will collect at the base and make it soggy.
Once it has cooled down sufficiently, cut and serve with tea/coffee as an evening snack. The whole wheat, nuts and bananas keep it nutritious, and definitely tasty!