Baking is almost an alien art to most Indian women simply because this is not how we traditionally cook our food. In the West, using your oven is an every day thing as they cook their meat in the oven and even roast their vegetables in the oven. All the pies and most desserts are made in the oven. But here in the land of dal-roti-sabzi-chawal, working with an oven is a matter of choice and passion for women who traditionally cook on the stove.
If you love the baked goodies served as expensive coffee shops, this series is for you. We will bring you baking recipes and tips that will help you find the baker in you! To begin with, we share this traditional and basic recipe for a banana loaf.
<b>Banana Bread Loaf Recipe</b>
Flour: 2 cups, Sugar: 3/4 cups, Eggs:2, Mashed Bananas: 2.5 cups, Baking Soda: 1 tsp, Salt: 1/4 tsp, Butter: 1/2 cup, Finely chopped almonds, or raisins, or dried cranberries (Optional)
- Preheat oven to 175 degress C. Grease your loaf pan (9*5 inch) with oil or butter.
- In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. When creamed properly, mix in the mashed bananas and beaten eggs. Mix well together. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking soda). Now fold in the banana mix and your nuts/berries into this large bowl and stir together till everything turns into a moist mix.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 60-65 minutes. Test by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the loaf. If it comes out dry, the loaf is done. Take out the pan and leave on the counter for 10 minutes before taking out the loaf and placing it on a wire rack to cool down properly.
- Enjoy with coffee!
This is a pretty simple and no nonsense recipe that even non bakers can master easily. So give it a try.