Monday, September 11, 2006

Banana hey!

What to do on a boring Sunday? Bake of course! Since we haven't tried baking bread before, we decided to go it a go. Besides, there's still half a packet of flour left from the previous baking session. After browsing thru various bread recipes, the words "Banana Nut Bread" caught my eye and I know I just got to try it! I mean, nuts and bananas go so well together right? I love eating natural crunchy peanut butter spread atop a slice of banana, Mmmmmm the rich nut flavour coupled with the aromatic sweet taste of the banana makes the combination almost orgasmic. I can imagine dipping the two into chocolate and eating it cold. Okay okay, stop side tracking sam! Time to get to business!

Thoughts aside, the recipe for banana nut bread is a little different from normal bread in a way that it uses butter and sugar. There isn't any call of yeast in the recipe too. The colour also looks a little "off", but thats due to the larger amount of banana added in since we cut down on the butter and sugar. Sadly, Qin didn't like adding walnuts :( so we added raisins instead.

One loaf of pure banana heaven and another with some raisins :)

The bread loaves looked alright right? Wrong! Haha they turned out so moist that they became banana cakes! In a good way tho, I absolutely loved it! The added mash banana gave the "cake" the right sweetness and the moisture was quite dense, similar to that of a Kueh Lapis. Maybe we should start calling it a cake now. I must have done something wrong but it didn't really matter because half of the banana cake was gone in a matter of minutes. The banana taste was also quite strong and made the cake very sweet smelling and tasty. The raisins also served to add random "sweet spots" to the cake. Thinking about it, I still feel that the fat content is too high. Maybe I'll try a reduced-fat version another time.

Hrmmm, I realise that my photography is kind of bad. Looking at photographs from blogs like Chubby hubby, Greedy Goose and Evan's Kitchen really make me envious of their good phototaking skills. I also realise that my K700i takes better pictures than my Sony Cybershot! Oh well, I may not take good pictures but at least I have some banana cake for tomorrow's breakfast :)

Recipe for 2 loaves
2 1/2 cup mashed (or blended) ripe bananas
2 cups wheat high gluten flour
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
5 tablespoon low fat milk
2 chopped up bananas and raisins

1. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder together
2. Cream sugar and butter till creamy
3. Add lightly beaten eggs bit by bit into sugar mixture
4. Sift flour bit by bit into above mixture and mix well till smooth. Do not overmix.
5. Stir in milk and mashed bananas w/ raisins
6. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes at 175 degrees Celcius.


evan said...

hi there! your banana nut bread looks really moist & luscious! makes me want a slice right now :) and actually, u shdnt compare me with chubby hubby and eggy. how can...i'm just an amateur and can never attain their standard. not in a million years. i got lots to learn! yours isnt that bad seriously. at least u managed to make the bread looks good!

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hello! Not sleeping at 3am?? Thnks for the compliment :) Okok, maybe I shldn't compare, but hey, I still think your pictures are pretty good! :)

babe_kl said...

hi there, i came by via evan's blog. i tried this banana shortbread recipe recently and kinda liked it as it's not oily at all.

here's another one which is lighter and much lesser fat content but do add more banana

hope you'll like them

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hi! Thanks alot for the recipes. Will definately try them out sometime soon :)