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Banana Bread

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Baking breads in the evenings at home on a weekend is one of my favorite activities. The aroma of bread baking in the oven fills the entire place. I remember the days when I was a kid and I’d come back home from school, and as soon as I enter the house I can smell what is cooking in the kitchen and it instantly gave me a feeling of security, that someone is there to take care of me. Even now, if I am cooking and friends come home for dinner, they can smell it from the front door (Indian food leaves a good trace for a couple of hours) and that aroma is the first thing that gets noticed.

With bread, the options are unlimited- From cheese, olives, zucchini, garlic, herbs, onions, cinnamon, fruits you can just keep on baking!

Makes one loaf Banana Bread(12-14 slices):

Wet Ingredients:

3/4 cup Orange juice
1/4 cup Vegetable oil
One Egg

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar (as the sweetness comes from the orange juice as well)
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
One large banana, well mashed
2 tsp cocoa powder

(I did not use butter, but added oil and juice, you can change accordingly)

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 375 F. Dust a bread loaf pan with some butter and flour.

Mix the wet ingredients – the egg, vegetable oil and orange juice in a bowl.

Sift flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and cocoa powder together. Slowly start adding the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, by adding a scoop of flour to the egg batter, mixing it and repeating the process. Add the mashed banana to this batter and mix once again. Do not do heavy mixing as it will only result in tough bread.

Pour this mixture into the greased loaf pan and bake at 375 for 25 minutes or till the top is golden. Insert a fork into the bread to make sure that the bread is baked through. The bread will have a nice golden color due to the banana and orange juice. Cool and cut into slices.

Serve with Nutella or Jam for breakfast or as a light snack for Tea.