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Banana muffins

Have you ever had the joy of  acheiving that you had dreamt for  a long time? I read here that the ‘user experience pleasures’ are of thirteen types and I experienced today two such types of pleasures – triumphant  (The joy you experience  when you win ) and accomplished (The joy you get by accomplishing or acheiving something).

I had been dreaming of baking muffins from scratch for a long time and this show on Food network TV made my dream come true. I modified a little in the sweetener and added almonds on top so as to pack it easily  for my daughter’s lunch, but it didn’t last that long.

I was so enthusiaistic to post this earlier than the dishes in my ‘waiting list’  but then Maheswari of ‘Beyond the usual’  has started hosting a new blog event  called AFAM  (A Fruit A Month)  giving me better reason to post it immediately. Maheswari has chosen the fabulous banana for this month which is said to be one of the mukkani (meaning three  fruits in tamil. Banana, Mango and jackfruit are the three fruits served in a traditional festival meal in Tamil Nadu and  so called mukkani in short). So, here is my entry for the fruit mela !

Recipe: 

All purpose flour- 3 cups

Baking soda – 1 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Ground cinnamon -1/2 tsp

Ground nutmeg – 1/2 tsp

Mix in these dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Sugar -1 cup

Honey- 1 cup

Vegetable oil -1 cup 

Large eggs – 3 number

Vanilla extract – 1 tbsp

Peeled and coarsely mashed ripe bananas- 4 number  

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Pour the batter in the greased muffin cups to 3/4th of the height. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Bake the muffins on the middle rack for about 25 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the centre of a muffin. It should come out without any crumbles .

Banana muffins

Enjoy the warm banana muffins!

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Honey wheat bread

I was much inspired by my fellow bloggers Anita, Priya , Monisha, Asha  by their culinary experiments in baking. I have been wanting to indulge  in bread making for long time but never had the time and heart for it. I  found that this is a perfect chance to learn bread making. I must thank Nandita for inspiring me  in the new arena.

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I just love the sweet smell of yeast and always walk real slow near the bakeries and now that I brought the yeasty smell into my kitchen, you would wonder where I slept last night. Ha Ha Ha!

Now to the bread,  I got the recipe here and  made little alterations.

wheat bread slices

Hodgson Mill  active dry yeast  – 1/2  packet ( dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water)

Water-2/3 cup wbb

Olive oil- 1/8  cup

Honey- 1/8  cup

Nonfat dry milk- 1/8 cup

Salt- 3 pinches

Whole wheat flour- 1 cup

All purpose flour- 3/4 cup

Proof the yeast as said in the packet to test whether the yeast is active.  

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of bowl. When dough starts to come together, turn out on a floured surface and knead 5 to 7 minutes or until dough is smooth. Transfer dough to a clean bowl, cover with a damp paper towel and let rise for  about 60 minutes. It would have doubled in volume. Sprinkle flour on work surface. Lightly knead  and shape the dough into a ball. Place it on a lightly greased cookie sheets. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and let it for  a second rise, for about 30 to 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle sesame seeds (the original recipe called for wheat bran) on top. Bake bread 30 minutes. Let it cool completely before you slice it.

Lesson learnt: Don’t show your hurry in slicing. After all you waited for hours, so wait till it cool down completely.

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