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Banana Bread (with Vegemite and Almond Flakes)

Banana bread is one of the most forgiving recipes that I know, especially since I am a novice in the baking department.

It does not require the exacting measurements or baking knowledge that is required to bake most other desserts, cakes etc…. But having said that, there are good and bad banana breads.

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If you do not like banana bread, then chances are you have had the not so desirable ones that are sold at most generic cafes. It was the same for all the three of us which put me off baking it for a very long time. But as I started seeing a lot of my friends and favourite bloggers sharing so many different styles of banana bread, I realised that there is more to this recipe.

So began the experiments trying out various recipes to get one that we enjoyed best. There was no dearth of over ripe bananas in the house. By weekend, there are always a couple that has begun to look way too brownish for my son to eat and the only way I used to finish it off was in smoothies and milkshakes.

And overripe bananas are exactly what you need for this bread.

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Though named so, banana bread is a cross between bread and cake drawing inspiration from both baking techniques.

The decision to add vegemite was almost last minute. We are not big fans of vegemite but there is a small bottle in my pantry that I use occasionally to experiment and create recipes that incorporates the flavour and nutritional components of vegemite without being too obvious in the smell department. Just can’t stand that!

One good example of this would be the Vegemite roast chicken that’s quite popular in our home.

As I tasted the banana bread batter, I thought it could do with another ingredient to sort of intensify the flavours and suddenly vegemite came to mind. Added a little bit to the batter and I really liked the richer, almost caramel kind of flavour that I decided to go ahead with it. And boy, it did turn out delicious.

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If you have vegemite at home, then by all means use it; I promise you won’t be disappointed. But if you don’t, then omit it and go ahead with the batter as such or you incorporate other flavours like chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, peanut butter etc….

Ingredients:

  1. 3 medium sized ripe bananas
  2. 2 tbsp whole milk
  3. 3 eggs (room temperature)
  4. 80 gms unsalted butter (melted)
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. 1 cup raw sugar
  7. 1 tbsp vegemite
  8. 2 cups plain flour
  9. 2 tsp baking powder
  10. Almond flakes

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan forced).
  2. Grease a loaf pan with butter or oil spray and then line with baking paper.
  3. In a large glass bowl, add the bananas and mash well with a fork. Then add the melted butter, sugar, milk, vegemite and eggs. Use a whisk or hand held beater to mix all the ingredients.
  4. In another bowl, sift the flour along with baking powder. Add a pinch of salt to this and mix.
  5. Add the flour to the banana mixture and fold in gently till all the whole batter gets combined well.
  6. Pour into the loaf pan and line the top with almond flakes.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or till done (insert a skewer through the centre of the loaf; the skewer will come out clean if done).
  8. Cool before removing from the loaf pan.
  9. Slice and serve with butter.

Banana Bread (with Vegemite and Almond Flakes) - thespiceadventuress.com

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Hot Cross Bun Sliders (with Sausage, Fried Egg and Garlic Aioli)

Hot Cross Buns are everywhere!

I mean, it’s practically impossible to walk into any supermarket, bakery or fresh food store without catching a glimpse of beautifully arranged packets of these, right at the counter. And to think, ‘hot cross buns’ was only a childhood nursery rhyme for me till five years ago.

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That’s true. I have never seen or eaten a hot cross bun in my life till I moved to Australia. And I clearly didn’t like it the first time I ever tasted it. It was too sweet for me and I didn’t really enjoy the idea of intensely sweet bread with hints of spice.

Fortunately, the dislike didn’t last too long as I discovered better tasting hot cross buns. But still, it was not my favourite and not something I bought to celebrate Easter.

But this year, I was challenged with the task of creating a hot cross bun recipe for another website. I wanted to do something interesting and if possible savoury since there were so many baked/dessert recipes using hot cross buns that were all over the internet.

Quite a bit of research later, I decided to take inspiration from NoshOn.It and came up with these utterly delicious Hot Cross Bun Sliders!

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In the process of creating this recipe, I must say that I fell in love with the brioche style hot cross buns from Woolworths. So much lighter in texture than the regular buns, these were not excessively sweet, more buttery which made it absolutely delicious when toasted.

So getting on to the recipe today, I was looking for a recipe that is an answer to the hot cross bun leftover situation that will happen in many households around the world. And these sliders are just perfect for that. Savoury, so that you have a respite from all the sweet treats and also works great as a brunch or Easter morning breakfast.

Using sausage meat to create the burger like patty is a brilliant idea because it is often so flavourful especially if you buy the varieties which have herbs and spices in them. I picked up some Angus beef sausages which were absolutely perfect. All that you need to do is remove the skin, roll and shape the stuffing into patties.

You can use just toasted hot cross buns for making these sliders or make it extra indulgent by going the French toast route. Dip the buns in French toast batter (minus the sugar and spice) and toast to perfection. Believe me, this step changes the game altogether….you will know how delicious only if you make it guys.

Add a fried or poached egg and a drizzle of garlic aioli to finish this absolutely divine rendition of Hot Cross Bun Sliders. Happy Easter folks!

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Recipe developed, styled and shot for Stuff Mums Like, so head over to the website for the full recipe.

 

Rice Stuffed Paratha (Indian flat bread stuffed with flavoured rice)

Parathas are Indian flat breads made from wheat flour. These are a staple in North Indian cuisine and eaten in every household at all times of the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stuffing the parathas take these humble flat breads to a whole new level making it a complete meal in itself. The options are endless and you can get as experimentative as you like. Some of the traditional favourites are aloo paratha (potato stuffing), onion paratha (spiced onion stuffing), gobi paratha (cauliflower stuffing) but there are many modern ones too like beetroot paratha, zucchini paratha etc….

The best accompaniment for parathas are raitas or flavoured yoghurt dips (there are some amazing ones here) and a side of hot, spicy pickles. Make sure to add a dollop of ghee or butter to the parathas…

Children love parathas; it is fuss free eating and make excellent lunch box recipes too. And mothers get to hide all sorts of veggies inside. A winner all the way!

Today’s dish is a rice stuffed paratha – something I had never heard of before till a friend mentioned it in passing the other day. We were chatting about my blog, the onion paratha recipe I had posted and she mentioned that I must try with some leftover rice stuffing. It piqued my interest (reminded me of burritos with lime rice filling) and I waited eagerly for some leftover rice to make its presence known in my refrigerator.

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My friend, Alka, mentioned that they use traditional Gujarati spices to flavour the rice but I decided to create my own flavours instead. The result was deliciously fabulous – hot piping parathas with a mildly spiced and fragrant rice stuffing served with a dollop of butter.

So, come on, let’s take out some rice and flour and get cooking – rice stuffed parathas!

Ingredients:

For the dough:

1. Unbleached wheat flour/atta – 2 cups
2. Salt – to season
3. Water – ¾ ths cup (add more if necessary)
4. Ghee – 1 tsp

For the stuffing:

5. Leftover white rice – 1 cup
6. Red onion – 1 small, finely chopped
7. Green chilli – 1-2, finely chopped (you can totally omit this too)
8. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
9. Salt – to season
10. Chat masala – ¼ tsp
11. Coriander leaves – 1 tsp, finely chopped
12. Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp


Method:

• Prepare the dough by mixing together all the ingredients. The amount of water mentioned is an approximate; you may need to add more water to adjust the dough consistency. Cover with a wet cloth and leave at room temperature for at least an hour.
• For the stuffing, mix the rice, chopped onions and green chilli in a bowl.
• Heat oil in a pan and add the rice mixture to it. On low heat, mix it well and add turmeric powder and season with salt. After 5 minutes, remove the mixture and allow to cool.
• Once cooled, add chat masala and coriander leaves and mix well to combine.
• To make the stuffed paratha, divide the dough into medium sized balls. Roll out to at least 3 inch diameter circles (see the images). Place a little stuffing on one rolled out ball and cover it with the second rolled out ball. Press the sides well to avoid stuffing from leaking out. Dust with flour and roll lightly on top to press the layers together. Be gentle or the stuffing will seep through.
• Heat the tawa/flat pan and place the paratha; cook one side well before flipping over. Drizzle some ghee and flip over again. Cook till the parathas are golden brown and done.
• Serve hot with a dollop of butter.

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Onion Paratha

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When it comes to Indian breads, I am very much a beginner – the only two I ever make are chappathi and puri. But now I intend to make changes to that status and learn more about the various types of breads from this vast nation.

Parathas are a staple in almost all North Indian households and there is so much variety that you can bring to this humble whole wheat flat bread. Today, I have made an onion stuffed paratha which is basically a flat bread made from whole wheat flour stuffed with a mildly spiced onion mixture.

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The best thing about stuffed parathas is that you can use just about ingredient to make the stuffing. Pair it with a raita/yoghurt dip, pickles and roasted pappad and you have a wholesome, nutritious meal ready.

And like I mentioned, being a beginner, I would love to know more about the different types of breads that you make at home.

So let’s get cooking……hot and delicious onion paratha.

Recipe courtesy – http://www.7aumsuvai.com

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

1. Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
2. Warm water – 3/4ths cup (or as needed)
3. Salt – to season
4. Ghee – to drizzle while the paratha is being cooked

For the stuffing:

5. Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped
6. Green chilli – 1 small, finely chopped
7. Cumin/jeera seeds – 1 tsp
8. Red chilli powder – ¼ tsp
9. Garam masala powder – ¼ tsp
10. Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp, chopped
11. Curry leaves – 1 tsp, chopped
12. Salt – to season

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Method:

• In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, water and season with salt. Mix through and leave covered for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, mix well to form a semi-soft dough and leave covered with a damp cloth for another 20 minutes. (The first step is optional but helps to knead the dough faster and easier).
• To make the onion stuffing, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep aside.
• To make the stuffed paratha, divide the dough into medium sized balls. Roll out to at least 3 inch diameter circles (see the images). Place a little stuffing on one rolled out ball and cover it with the second rolled out ball. Press the sides well to avoid stuffing from leaking out. Dust with flour and roll lightly on top to press the layers together. Be gentle or the stuffing will seep through.
• Heat the tawa/flat pan and place the paratha; cook one side well before flipping over. Drizzle some ghee and flip over again. Cook till the parathas are golden brown and done.
• Serve hot.

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