Healthy Banana loaf cake

What’s more satisfying than a guilt free- egg free- quick to whip up banana loaf? A common fruit found blackening in every household. What better way to eat an over ripe banana than in a wholesome, almost nourishing, moist and combined with chocolate banana bread?

This is a quick, one bowl recipe- spreading more smiles than ever. The recipe is a free recipe and minor measurement alterations/ ingredients substitutions won’t effect the final product much.

Get creative by adding nutella {but, it won’t be healthy then 🙁 }, spices, nuts of your choice or vegan chocolate chips for a vegan version.

 The bananas should be super ripe. The skin should be black and highly spotted. These bananas have the highest sugar content as a result of oxidation and breakdown of starch and are also easier to mash by hand.

Ingredients

230 gms over ripe bananas

31 gms honey

31 gms olive oil

1 tsp baking powder ( sifted along with the flours)

1 tsp cinnamon powder

90 gms almond meal/whole wheat flour

90 gms whole wheat flour

50 gms dark chocolate chips/ walnuts/ nutella

Method;-

1) Preheat your oven to 170 degree celsius. Grease a loaf pan with butter.

2)Mash bananas, add honey, olive oil and cinnamon powder to it. Combine till it becomes a smooth paste.

3) Sift together the two flours and baking powder. Add the sifted flour mix to the banana mix. Fold gently from the centre out until just combined.

4) Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips/ walnuts/ nutella.

5) Pour into a greased loaf pan. Decorate with two banana slices and some chocolate chips and nuts. Bake it in a preheated oven at 170 degree celsius until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. The baking time could vary anywhere between 20 mins and 35 mins depending upon your oven. Let it cool down completely before removing.

 

Chocolate flourless cake

Although I’m not a big fan of eating cakes and pastries, I have to admit that this one is my absolute favourite. It’s perfectly chocolatey, gooey and irresistible. If you’re looking for a chocolate dessert that is both easy to make, and has a ‘WOW’ factor associated with it- this is the recipe you are looking for. I do love to experiment with recipes and add my slight bit to it-  here, I grated half a tonka bean for a crisp flavor and an unmatchable aroma.

Ingredients

250 gms great quality dark chocolate. This is the key ingredient. Use the best and the darkest available

125 gms butter

3 eggs separated

3 Tbsp castor sugar

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp spice of your choice

Method:-

1)Melt the butter and chocolate together on a double boiler or microwave.

2)Whisk together egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.

3)Whip egg whites to soft peaks.

4)Add the melted chocolate butter mixture to the egg yolks mixture and mix. Add the cocoa powder and spice.

5)Fold in the whipped egg whites.

6)Bake in a greased pan in an oven preheated to 180 deg C. Bake for 10 mins at 180 deg C and then lower to 150 deg C and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (about 35 mins).

 

Pizza twist bread

A crispy indulgent meal, as well as the perfect snack for bread lovers. Once you have the dough fermented- this is very quick to assemble and works as a great snack to serve for parties. The flavour of this one depends on the quality of tomatoes. I applied pizza sauce made with homegrown, organic tomatoes (SOOO tangy and fresh). Alternatively, you may use canned tomatoes for a naturally tangy sauce OR hybrid tomatoes with 1 tsp of vinegar and sugar each.

Ingredients

Made this recipe using 100% AP flour

62% hydration

5% olive oil

2% leavening

( I used dry active yeast. Incase you’re using a starter- make sure to factor in the %age of water from the starter. Total hydration for the recipe should not exceed 62% for AP flour)

2% salt

1% sugar ( required to feed yeast)

1 tsp Italian seasoning

Pizza sauce to fill

Vegetables of your choice ( optional)

Cheese of your choice ( LOTS OF CHEESE)

Method

Combine a little lukewarm water ( warm enough to be able to stick your finger in without burning. Too hot will kill the yeast) with the sugar and yeast and leave to foam for about 5 mins. Add in all the other ingredients and mix dough on a stand mix using dough attachment or mix by hand until it comes together into a ball.

Oil a stainless steel bowl and transfer the dough. Cling wrap and leave to ferment for an hour. You can either use the dough now OR transfer the risen dough to the refrigerator for 13 hours to carry out a cold fermentation. Remove from the ref and degass the dough by gently punching. The dough will become much smaller in size. Combine it into a ball and leave again to rise for about 2 hours.

To make the pizza bread- Make 4 balls out of the dough and roll out the layers separately.

On a flat baking sheet, place the first rolled out dough. Spread the pizza sauce, vegetables and cheese of your choice. Place the other rolled out dough on top. Repeat this step two times. Lastly, place the 4th rolled out dough and gently seal the edges to prevent the filling from oozing out.

Place a small glass bowl at the centre. Make 4 cuts on the dough like 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Further, make 2 cuts in between each quarter- all the way up to the edges of the bowl in the centre. Hereafter, you will have a total of 12 cuts on the bread dough.

Twirl around and twist on top of itself. Bake in a preheated oven at 230 degrees or until brown.