Sunday, December 12, 2010

Homemade Banana Cake

My favourite fruit would be bananas. Love them and will never get sick of them. You can eat on its own, make a peanut butter with banana sandwich, fry them and of course bake them to my favourite Banana cake.

My idea of a perfect Sunday is tea, a home baked cake or dessert and a movie with my love ones. It's a day to just sit back and enjoy the sunny day with birds chirping right outside my window.

I would not want to bake something complicated on this relaxing day and I have just the recipe which would take me for about an our to get ready for my lazy Sunday.

I have got this recipe with me for quite a while and I apologize as I really don't remember where I got this recipe from. But this recipe was a keeper. A moist banana cake which sweetness come moe from the banana than sugar.

Homemade Banana Cake
source : unknown

227 grams Unsalted Butter
1 cup Sugar
4 Eggs
4 tbsp Condensed Milk
4 Ripe Bananas ( 1 3/4 cups ) Mashed
1 tsp vanilla or banana essence
2 cups Plain Flour ( I used cake flour caued I had balance )
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp fine Salt

Preheat oven to 175 degress. Grease 8 x 8 inch square pan.
Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set them aside.
Beat soft butter and sugar on high speed till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix till smooth.
Then mix in those mashed banana ( I make sure that the bananas are chunky instead of being really smooth, as thi will give you a nice texture while eating them ), vanilla and milk. Mix well.
Lower the speed of the mixer and then slowly add flour and blend till smooth.
Pour the mixture in the grease pan and bake for 50 minutes.

Test with a skewer to enure that the whole cake is cook. Cool the cake in the pan for 5 mins before erving it warm with a nice cup of tea.

Here is my nice golden banana cake where I've topped up slice almonds for an extra crunch.

Happy Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Butterscotch Chocolate Cookies

I have always been doing a trial and error on chocolate chip cookies. My all time favorite was a recipe from my aunt but as I grew older i grew out with the taste. And so I started experimenting making cookies with bitter chocolate chips, strawberry chips and believe me that chocolate chip cookies are the easiest to make with the most simplest ingredients yet so versatile.

One day I met upon this choc chip cookies made by a friend of mine who is a chef at Ritz Carlton and it taste awesome. Of course I still need to do some adjustments but so far I compare his with the great Famous Amos.

It's TGIF today and I decided to make something for hubby. He is a fanatic of butterscotch and when I did marketing just now, I came across Butterscotch Morsels from Nestle Tollhouse and I thought why not? 
It was a thank you token by me for him being a wonderful father to be lately.

So here it is the recipe for I called Butterscotch Chocolate Cookies. This one is a mixture of all recipes combined and carefully measured by me.

80 grams caster sugar
110 grams brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
160 grams unsalted butter
1 tsp honey
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
( Lighty beaten )

250 grams plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
( Sieve altogether )

100 grams Butterscotch Morsels
100 grams Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
50 grams nuts of your choice ( I used walnuts )


Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
Beat (A) until well combined.
Pour in (B) till well mixed.
Fold in (C) till well combined.
And finally.
Fold in (D) till evenly mixed.

Here is how the mixture looks like well combined.
Spoon the mixture to a parchment papered tray. Ensure that you leave enough gaps so that the cookies would not stick to each other. With Baking soda and baking powder, this cookie will expand. The irregular the cookies are the better.
Bake for 15 minutes at 175 degrees till golden brown.

Yes, it is that easy!

  Dip it in cold milk, it taste awesome!

I made about 4 trays of 36 cookies per tray. Store the remainder in a airtight container and it would last for upto 2 weeks. But I would guess that all the cookies would be gone by then!
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