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Whole wheat Banana bread with chocolate chips

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Are you guys much of a bread fan? Well I was a big fan of the bread and butter when I was a kid and we didn’t have much options other than the humble milk bread. Brown, multigrain whole wheat bread all came in the last decade into the picture. I am yet to discover an easy bread recipe to bake at home. Anyways, why all the talk about bread? Its because today I bring to you a recipe that gets all the ticks on the “health meter” if such a thing does exist. It is made with wholesome meal/ whole wheat flour, no sugar or any kind of artificial sweetener.

So bananas are kind of under-appreciated by me. I love the banana flavor in any ice cream or candy but as a fruit its never got my attention. But, besides me, the rest of my family are banana lovers. We get different varieties of bananas and everyone munches on it as a snack except me. But this all changed when I was pregnant, in fact the only snack and fruit which I could eat without having nausea was banana. So during my whole term I had bananas of all shapes and sizes!

My Aunt B had sent me recipes of many chefs when I had just got married. It all just got archived in my email until recently when I chanced upon them and struck gold. She has been kind enough to send me so many varieties of recipes and I have been trying them ever since. Its during one of these trials that I came across this banana bread and we love it! We love this banana bread as such but you could have it slathered with butter/chocolate spread/lemon curd with your cup of afternoon tea. The key point to be noted in this recipe is the use of overripe bananas (the blacker the better) which lend to the sweetness of the bread as we don’t add in any sweetener in the recipe. You could add cinnamon streusel to your banana bread or nuts/seeds for added crunch or chocolate chips as I did. Hope you love this recipe.

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Source: Catherine’s recipes

Makes: 1 loaf

Ingredients

115g / ½ cup butter, plus extra for greasing

5ml/ 1 tsp baking soda

225 g/ 2 cups whole meal (whole- wheat) flour

2 eggs, beaten

3 very ripe bananas

30 – 45ml / 2-3 tbsp. milk

½ cup dark chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and base line a 9*5in loaf tin. Cream the butter in a bowl until fluffy. Sift the baking soda and flour, then add to the creamed butter, alternating with the eggs.
  2. Peel the bananas and slice them into a bowl. Mash them well and stir into the cake mixture adding enough milk to get a dropping consistency. Add in the chocolate chips and give a stir.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and level the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake for 1 ¼ hours or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

 

 

Egg sandwich with Garlic Butter grilled mushrooms

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As a kid my favorite breakfast/snack was always bread. Bread and butter and I was the happiest person in the world.Not that much has changed but I guess as those taste buds kicked in, I started loving other flavors.I still love bread but maybe not with butter, so I end up experimenting around with it. From finger food, sandwiches, bajjis to upma, bread is one versatile ingredient.

This sandwich is an adaptation from Jamie Oliver’s burger and Marias Menu egg sandwich. This sandwich has all the elements from the fresh lettuce to the grilled mushroom and the moist egg mixture. This is a sure winner for kids, for evening snacks or even guests.

Ingredients

Bread – 8 slices toasted

Egg – 2 boiled

Onion – 1 small chopped

Tomato – ½ medium chopped

Lettuce – a few leaves

Green chilly – 2-3 chopped

Garlic – 4-5 small cloves chopped

Tomato ketchup – 1 – 2 tbsp

Button Mushrooms – 100 gms

Garlic butter – 1 tbsp

Mayonnaise – ½ tbsp

Salt – to taste

Pepper – to taste

Oil

Method

Boil the eggs to your liking. You can used hard boiled or soft boiled eggs for this. Prepare the mushrooms by squeezing out the stalks off the head. Chop the stalks to add for the egg masala and keep the mushroom heads aside for grilling.

Heat some oil and saute the garlic and green chilly. Once its gets fragrant add in the onions. Cook till soft and add chopped tomatoes. Cook them till mushy.Season with salt and pepper. When its time to take it off the flame, add in the tomato sauce,saute and take off the flame.

In a bowl, smash the boiled and de-shelled eggs with a fork. Add in the tomato mixture. You can optionally add in the mayonnaise. Season accordingly.

While the egg mixture is getting ready you can get heat up the grill/skillet. Brush lightly with oil. Grill the mushrooms with the open side facing the grill first. Flip and grill till you get a nice brown on the mushrooms.  Switch off the flame. Add in a dollop of garlic butter in the mushroom head center.

Now lets assemble this beauty. Take 2 slices of toasted bread. Place a lettuce leaf on each slice. Top one slice with the egg mixture , and seat the grilled mushroom on top of that. Close with the next slice and bite into heaven.

 

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Note : You can use any store bought garlic butter. I used homemade garlic herbed butter, whose recipe I will be sharing on later.