Saturday, July 31, 2010

Banana Bread and an Award

Banana Bread - A flavorful delight, one can enjoy anytime with tea/coffee/milk

One can make various types of banana bread once the measurements are known. You can add nuts along with grated coconut for flavor. I sometimes add coconut milk to it by adding only one egg to the process.
Many variations can be done as per your interest and thats why I often choose to make this banana bread recipe.

First time I had no hand mixer at home , so I used the so called Indian Mixer and prepared the batter. I was surprised to get a very good banana bread .
Once u develop the interest you can always go for a hand mixer as its very handy and easy to operate.

Ingredients :
 All Purpose Flour - 1 1/4 cup
 Sugar - 1 Cup
 Eggs - 2
 Bananas ripe - 2
 Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
 Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
 Salt - 1/2 tsp
 Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup ( I opt oil rather than butter ) / (If butter - 1/3 cup melted)
 Butter - 2 Tbsp (melted)
 Nuts ( walnuts/ cashew ) - 1/2 Cup (chopped)
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
nutmeg - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Vanilla Essence - 2 Tbsp

 Required Material:
Measuring cups, 2 mixing bowls, hand mixer / (Indian blender ), 9/5 inch Loaf pan

  • Preheat the Oven for 350 F
  • In a big mixing bowl, combine all the powder ( Flour, baking pwdr, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt) and mix it gently with a spatula and keep aside.
  • In another mixing bowl combine eggs and sugar. Whisk it properly - this is generally referred as creaming.  To this add mashed bananas, vanilla essence and oil. With the help of hand mixer, keeping the speed on 1 whisk it for 2-3 minutes. ( note: Do not over do it as it may loose the binding)
  • Add nuts to the above mixture and mix it very gently with a spatula. One can even add 1/2 cup of  unsweetened coconut to it. Tastes yummm..:)
  • Combine the above banana - egg mixture in the Flour mix bowl. Whisk it again till the flour and banana mixture gets a flowing thick consistency by adding extra 2Tbsp of butter for smoothness.  Speed should be 2 if using hand mixer. If Indian mixie -  press on pulse till the mixer gets combined and then switch to low/1 speed for 4-5 minutes.
  • Butter the Loaf pan or coat with cooking spray and pour this mixture. Keep the pan in the oven set the oven time to 60 minutes - temperature - 350 F.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Then invert the pan and let the bread cool completely for slicing and serving :)
(Tip: First set the temperature for 50 minutes. Insert  a  knife/ tooth pick  in the bread, if it comes out clean , it means its properly done. If  bread is getting sticked to the knife/  tp, set for another 10 minutes and check.)

This my first award that I received from my friends Vasavi Suresh and Asha Mernedi.
Thank you very much ladies for considering me as one of the versatile bloggers :)
Love ur blogs - Its always interesting, creative and exciting with delicious recipes !!!! 

7 Things about myself:

1. Fun loving person  
2.  Extrovert - My nature
3. Cooking - my passion
4. Traveling - my hobby
5. Interior designing - my interest
6. Love my Husband and my family more than me
7. Believe in spiritualism - Fear and faith in God

I would like to share this award with the following 15 other friends:
1. Gayatri Raj 
2. Jay
3.Padma's recipes
4. Pranitha 
5. Deepa 
6. Padhu
7. srividhya 
8. Satya
9. Pavithra 
10. Shanti 
12. US masala
14. Savi ruchi
15 EC

To accept this award
  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Share 7 things " About myself"
  • List 15 friends you like to pass on this award to.


aipi said...

lovely n perfectly baked bread.. my fav.. loooooooved the first pic..

Reshmi said...

drooling over the soft and moist texture... will try it soon..

Guna's kitchen said...

there is a award waiting for u in my blog.. following u

aipi said...

Congrats on the award dear n thanx a lot 4 sharing the same with me.. wish you many many... more 2 come
keep rocking :)

deepasri said...

Banana bread looks superb!! Congrats on your first award and thanks a ton for remembering me :-)

PranisKitchen said...

dipika..Here we r doing abt u..
thats avery delicious bananab bread.. and perfect with a cup of tea..Congrats on ur awards and thanks a lot for sharing the same with me.

PranisKitchen said...

dipika..Here we r doing abt u..
thats avery delicious bananab bread.. and perfect with a cup of tea..Congrats on ur awards and thanks a lot for sharing the same with me.

Chaitra said...

Congratulation Dipika.I wud love to a slice of banana bread.
Thank u so much sharing it with me.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Gorgeous banana bread !!! Congrats on the award..First time here and enjoyed my stay.Have a great day !!