Monday, 30 July 2012

Banana and macadamia loaf

It's been a while isn't it? It's been pretty chaotic around here with guests one after the other. On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 weeks with the sister-in-law. I cant begin to say how much fun it was shopping, gossipping, bitching, partying, lunching and sightseeing. Ro was going mad with two girls sitting and bickering about anything and everything that at the end of 3 weeks he even knew a tad too much about the reality show on telly 'real housewives of OC and NYC.' :)

I have exactly one week of rest before my in-laws get here for another 3 weeks of non stop sightseeing. I am slightly sick of London in general and cant handle any more touristy things, lucky for me Ro is on leave for 2 weeks and he can do the needful, I hope. To add to it, the Olympics has created major chaos for us, especially because we are in the midst of it all- 2 venues within 10 minutes of where I live...sigh!

I haven't cooked anything major in the past 1 month and I don't intend to do so in the coming weeks as well. Having gained a couple of extra kg's (thanks to all the binge eating) I am on a crash diet and has to reduce all that extra weight asap. Summer clothes look hideous on me and sadly all that extra fat cannot be hidden under jackets, thanks to the amazing weather we've been having.
I don't think I will be able to visit all your gorgeous blogs in the coming weeks, but I am trying to update mine with a couple of scheduled posts and reviews which should take care of matters for at least 3 weeks. In the mean time, here is a banana loaf from my drafts, which I made a month back and was a hit breakfast item.

I must admit, although I'm a big big fan of bananas, I have not liked any banana based bakes I've made at home. Muffins, breads, cakes, nothing hit the spot for me, maybe because the bananas we get here are quite tasteless, not sweet at all and once they are out of the oven, the weird worm-like strings is somehow a total put off. So I resort to buying amazing organic banana loaves from the grocery store and its perhaps one of the moistest and best banana breads I've had.

This time however, in spite of the bananas not being over ripe, I decided to purée it instead of mash it and voila, I got the desired taste and consistency- incredibly moist with no weird black strings and the nuts added that extra crunch. If you are not a fan of nuts, you can very well omit it.

Recipe adapted from here
Plain flour- 200 gms
Baking powder- 2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg- a generous pinch
Butter- 140 gms, unsalted and melted
Granulated sugar- 200 gms
Eggs- 2 large
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp (optional)
Bananas- 3, peeled
Milk- 125ml
Macadamia nuts- 70 gms, roughly chopped
Slice the bananas roughly and purée till you can no longer see any chunks. You should get a mix that is not too watery. Use milk, a tsp at a time, if you need to. I didn't need to use any.
In a large bowl whisk together the first four ingredients. Keep aside.
In another mixing bowl whisk together melted butter and sugar till well combined.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Pour in vanilla extract and mix it all together.
Add the puréed banana and whisk continuously till they are well incorporated into the mix.
Tip in the nuts and milk and fold gently, but till everything's mixed well.
Finally, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bit by bit, whisking after each addition.
Pour into a loaf pan which is buttered and lined with baking paper and bake in an oven pre-heated at 160C for about 50 minutes to an hour or when a wooden skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Take the tin out of the oven and cool for about 10 minutes after which you tip the cake onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
You can then dust with some icing sugar, if required, or serve warm with a dollop of buttah. Its sinful!
Notes: The original recipe called for self raising flour. If so just replace the flour with that.
There was also 1/2 cup of rum added to the wet ingredients. We are both not rum drinkers and so didn't have any at hand. However, brandy was an after thought and it was too late by then. If using rum, omit the milk and add that instead. I would do a glaze with it next time though :)
Use any kind of nuts- walnuts, cashew, hazel.
If you are not grossed out by the brown string like thingies from the banana, then fell free to just mash it up using a fork, instead of puréeing it. Puréeing however, made the cake super duper moist.


♥ Priya Ranjit ♥ said...

looks lovely... and i love your blog... you have some candid clicks too. Do visit my space when you find time

Gauri said...

Good to see you back after a gap.. nice combination of flavours. Clicks are great as always:)

Akila said...

Looks delicious n perfectly baked bread

suhaina aji said...

Macademia is my fav nut...Love the combo but I love the pictures more..simply beautiful just like u...

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Gaining weight during the summer is the worst! I'm in the same boat as you so I'm on a tofu diet.

As for this bread - I absolutely love this combo! Plus I always have ripe bananas around the house.

Anonymous said...

this looks delicious! and unfortunately very weather appropriate for London right now.

Ally said...

i have never heard of macadamia banana bread but i'm in love with the thought!

Archana said...

Looks yum. I had not heard of macadamia nuts. Had google. Sadly these are not available here. Will use some other nuts.
Love the comment abt the kids and your spouse. :)

Anonymous said...

I love banana bread. I usually put walnuts in mine, but macadamia nuts would be amazing!

Jehanne said...

looks delicious. your post makes me miss london so much!

Anonymous said...

It's good to have such breaks .. enjoy company and eat your heart out! Don't worry about all the extra weight .. they will come and go :)

Priya said...

Good to see back after a while, its really fantastic. Yummy loaf.

Spice up the Curry said...

fantastic looking loaf..

tanja said...

A delicous looking bread loaf!! Love the addition of macadamia nuts!