Friday, August 19, 2011

Banana Nut Bread

Starbucks has one of the best Banana bread. My sister-in-laws friend shared this simple and healthy recipe of banana bread which uses very less butter yet tastes delicious.



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3 bananas smashed nicely
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 teaspoons melted butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pistachios and almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs , mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and smashes bananas, stir into the butter mixture until smooth.
3. Fold in nuts and spread into the loaf pan
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Cool the loaf before serving.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Garlic Bread

Thanks to my hubby's cravings for Garlic bread which led me to make it at home. These beauties are delicious and juicy. The fresh flavors of garlic and parsley makes it even more best. No lie, my mouth is watering right now writing this!!! So do you want to make this simple recipe at home???




1. 1 loaf French or Italian bread
2. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened 
3. 3 large fresh garlic cloves, minced
4. 1 tablespoon  fresh parsley 
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Mix the butter, garlic, and parsley together in a small bowl. 
3 . Divide the bread into two equal portions and slice each portion to about 1 inch thickness
4. Spread the garlic butter on to each slice either sides and place the slices together like 2 loaf 
5. Wrap the 2 portions of bread in an aluminium foil.
6. Directly put of rack of the oven and bake it for 15-20 minutes.

Bake it and enjoy it!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

"Guest Post" Tiramisu

Its August, its friendship month to celebrate. Over the year Saji had made many friends and wishes to make many more. Since this is the friendship month I thought to do a guest post again.
This post is special, Guess why??
There are many people in this busy world who cook/bake and do many more things just that they don't blog. Is not blogging a crime ? No definitely not. Its one's interest and personal reasons whether to blog or not.
Now dear readers you all must be thinking why am'I speaking all this. Yes,this guest post is from such a person cooks and bakes as a  passion but the baby keeps her so busy that she hardly finds time for blogging. But, why should a talented person just be left like that, so Saji is here with a beautiful recipe from "Saritha" (who is also my sister-in-law), Tiramisu. 

           Akshita (aka my niece),Saritha's daughter who keeps her busy always
For Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package moist white cake mix
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1/4 cup coffee
1 tablespoon coffee flavored liqueur (For all Mommy's I just combined bru instant coffee powder n few drops of water to make liqueur)
For Filling
1 (8 ounce) container mascarpone cheese( I used cream cheese+heavy cream 3:1 proportion and it tasted very good)
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur(i just combined bru instant coffee powder n few drops of water to make liqueur)
For Frosting
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur(i just combined bru instant coffee powder n few drops of water to make liqueur) 
For Garnish
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate sparkles
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 3 (9 inch) pans.
2. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Divide two thirds of batter between 2 pans. Stir instant coffee into remaining batter; pour into remaining pan.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. In a measuring cup, combine brewed coffee and 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur; set aside.
4. To make the filling: In a small bowl, using an electric mixer set on low speed, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur; beat just until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
5. To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed, beat the cream, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur until stiff. Fold 1/2 cup of cream mixture into filling mixture.
6. To assemble the cake: Place one plain cake layer on a serving plate. Using a thin skewer, poke holes in cake, about 1 inch apart. Pour one third of reserved coffee mixture over cake, then spread with half of the filling mixture. Top with coffee-flavored cake layer; poke holes in cake. Pour another third of the coffee mixture over the second layer and spread with the remaining filling. Top with remaining cake layer; poke holes in cake. Pour remaining coffee mixture on top. Spread sides and top of cake with frosting. Place cocoa in a sieve and lightly dust top of cake.Decorate it to your wish.Garnish with chocolate curls. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
7. To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the chocolate bar.
Tiramisu is ready!!!

Once again thanks Saritha for finding time to send the recipe across. Frenz lets all wish Saritha good luck and encourage her for many more wonderful recipes.
Non bloggers now gear up, take a pic of your recipe and and send across to Saji and see them over web.