Tuesday, 15 April 2014

WALNUT RAISIN BANANA VEGAN BREAD

WIKI NOTE: Bananas appeared in the US in the 1870s and it took a while for them to appear as ingredient items for desserts.The modern Banana Bread recipe began being published in cookbooks around the 1930s and its popularity was greatly helped by the introduction of baking powder on the market.

WALNUT RAISIN BANANA VEGAN BREAD

YOU WILL NEED:
DRY INGREDIENTS:
1 and 1/2 cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
A pich of salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup pistachios, chopped or any dry fruits of your choice (optional)
WET INGREDIENTS:
4 medium to large ripe or over ripe bananas (approx. 300g)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup  sunflower oil (or veggie oil, any neutral flavored)
1/2 cup raisins
NOTE: Put raisins in a glass with a dash of water for kids cake or alcohol (to taste, I like with Cacha莽a) for an adults cake and the raisins plump up.
TOPPING
A drizzle of maple syrup
Banana slices
Cinnamon, to taste (optional)

NOTE: Homemade measurement units



LET´S BAKE!
1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or sunflower oil.
NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want,  you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, chopped walnuts and salt until well mixed. 
NOTE: Sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don't have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork.
4. Add veggie oil and vanilla extract. Combine wet ingredients so that the oil mixes with the banana puree and the sugar dissolves. 
5. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon.
6. Pour the mix into the bread pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top. Arrange the banana slices around the cake decoratively. 
7. Bake it around 40 minutes, until browned.
NOTE: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
8.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool. Drizzle some maple syrup over the cake, speacially over the banana slices. Sprinkle a little bit of ground cinnamon (optional).

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