I love to have a piece of cake when ever I have a coffee or tea. Banana bread is my favourite. Whenyou bake a banana bread or a cake the house smells like a bakery and even the next door neighbour will get the smell.
This cake is rich , soft and moist too. you canm leave the bread 3-4 days out in room temperature (I dont think you will keep that long 🙂 ) or about a week in fridge or you can freeze them for future use. I recommend you to slice the cake and leave individual pieces in fridge for easy thawing.
This recipe is for a large banana cake. You can divide the ingredients by two to a smaller loaf.
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The ingredients you will neeed , 200g Butter in room temperature, 350 g Sugar, 4 Eggs, 2tsp vanilla, 400g plain flour, 2 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda, salt, 150 g Sour cream and 4 well riped banans.
Make sure to gather everything closer to you.
Add sugar and butter in to a mixing bowl and whisk well.
After add the eggs one by one and whisk well.
Add the bananas while whisking on a low speed.
Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk on a low speed first and then whisk on a high speed for one minute.
Add the prepared mix in to a loaf pan and bake on 180 c about 45 minutes to one hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.( The baking tray I used is 12 inch x 4 inch loaf pan) Leave the bread in the loaf pan for 5 minutes. After take out from the tray and leave on a wire rack to cool completely.
This is how it looks when taken out from the tray.
It is like a sponge. Once press it comes back to the shape.
This is how it looks when sliced.
A closer picture of the cake. Bon Apetit!
I made this lemon butter slice for sharing at a BBQ . This was a hit. When Lemons are in season try this recipe for a change and to use all the lemons. 🙂 The texture of the slice was very beautiful, soft and some times I felt like calling this a lemon mud cake slice. It had the texture very close to a mud cake.
The tangy flavour of the lemons made this slice to be a hit. You can serve this as a dessert too. I think hot custard with lemon juice in it will make this slice more decadent for a dessert.
Instead of lemons you can use limes or oranges too. I think the pineapple juice will be nice too.
When you bake this make sure to bake the slice only 30 minutes. Donot bake more than that.
This is how it was when taken out from the oven
I did the icing on top
Leave the icing to set.
Cut in to pieces.
Sprinkle more icing if you wish.
I love my tea with spices a lot. After knowing the values of all the spices add in to this beautiful chai tea, I stared loving it. So I have one everyday after work. It makes you heal from all the aches and pains and also to get rid of the tiredness too.
Chai tea is mainly consist of several valuble spices. One is ginger. Ginger helps to digest food, pain reduction, reduce inflamation, reduce the level of cholesterol and help with nausia too.
Cinnamon helps to cut down and help with fat level in the body, lowers the blood sugar levels, and help with digestive discomforts.
Cardamons help with depression and also work as a good diuretic. Some use cardamons to freshen their breath .
Black pepper help to derive the most benefit from the food that we eat, the outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, aaand also it slims you down while giving you energy to burn.
Cloves most commoly use for teeth and gum problems as well as it helps to get a relieve from digestive tract cancers, and joint inflammation.
So all what we use in this tea has lots of health benifits and when they all get together it becomes the most effective and tasty spiced tea in the world. This recipe may vary from some others but try this one I know that you are going to love it.
This is how I make my own spiced Tea…….
This will serve 6 people………………….
Always the spice can be adjusted the the way you want your tea to be strong. I used few black peppers, several cloves of cardamons , 6 inches cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger or 2-3 inches crushed ginger
Put all the spices in to a grinder and crush them or blend them. or make your own and leave them in a jar.
I like to crush the spices to this level.
Add all the crushed spices in to a pot.
Add enough sugar or omit sugar
I added a teaspoon full tea leaves.
Add one cup of water and boil it about 5 minutes on simmering.
After it will look like this. All the flavours release to water and sells beautiful at this point.
Add enough milk . I added 4 cups.
Bring to boil and its ready to serve.
Strain the milk in to a cup
Almond meal or almond flakes or kernels are very nice in any cake. I use flakes always to decorate the cakes but some times I add in to cakes too to give a bit of crunch to the cake. This is a very soft and a moist cake that any one will love to have.
The chocolate hive and will take you to another world when you enjoy this with a nice cup of coffee or tea. If I tell you this a very rich and a beautiful cake even for special occasion. Make sure to add the best quality chocolate to get the right taste and the luxury look.
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I got this recipe from a friend and I did it ones to please a crowd. Its so nice and beautiful. Trust me ,Can keep on eating the whole slice with out a problem. This is a good idea for a brunch , high tea or a small party at home or for your weekly baking.
I love anything make of almonds. The rich look and creamier taste gives it unique flavour to it.
For the Base
- 90g Butter
- 90g Plain flour
- 40g Self Raising flour
- 1 Egg
For the Topping
- 2 Eggs
- 90g Butter
- 90g Sugar
- 175g Almond meal
- 50g Plan flour
- Mix sugar and butter until nice and creamy.
- After add the egg and whisk well.
- Lastly add the vanilla and the flour and mix well.
- Spread that on a baking pan with a wet spatula and leave aside.
- Next start doing the topping by adding butter and sugar and mix well.
- While whisking add the eggs into it. And whisk 2 minutes.
- After add the almond meal and the plain flour and mix well.
- Spread the Almond mix on the base you prepared earlier.
- Bake on 180c about 20 -30minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
French macarons are decadent almond based treats with a crisp outer shell that melts in your mouth with a flavour in the filling.
When I started my life as a chef I worked with lots of well experienced chef. I learnt to do macaroons from one of them. It was so interesting to make them bundle them and pack them.After I did 1000 macaroons for one of my executive chefs daughters wedding. I love to make them. You can make macaroons in different colours and flavours.
The advantage is you can leave macaroons in fridge for a week or two and freeze them for 3-4 months. They are so handy to have to treat an unexpected guest. All you have to do is to thaw it out side for several minutes.
- 225g Icing Sugar
- 140g Almond Meal
- 110g Egg whites
- 1 tblsp cocoa
For the filling
- 100g Chocolate
- 50g Cream
- Melt the chocolate over simmering water with cream.
- Once melted cool and put in the fridge.
- Add egg whites to a clean mixing bowl.
- Start whisking adding icing sugar .
- Once it holds the shape take out .
- Mix cocoa and almond meal. If you have food processor process it several min. If not pass it through a sieve.
- Add the almond meal little by little and fold it.
- Fill a piping bag with a nozzle.
- Pipe giving pressure to the pan.
- Tap on the table to release the air.
- Leave half an hour to one hour to form a crust. (when you touch it will not come to your fingers)
- Bake on 160c about 20-30 min.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Fill with the prepared chocolate . (Can freeze the excess too)