Monday, July 6, 2009

Banana Blueberry Bread

One month and then some. Stop rolling your eyes, you! If only you knew... I've moved cities, and am now back home with my family. And I'm temporary housekeeper/cook/maid/chauffeur all rolled in one. Hence no time to blog. But I'm back and thats what counts!!
Anyway, I was settling into my parents kitchen (again) and found half a bag of blueberries that had been around long enough.... And bananas.. Plus, as always, I had butter, sugar and eggs on my mind (don't ask, food is ALL I seem to think of most of the time. Not very conducive to my new diet I'm afraid). So the answer was kind of obvious right? 
So here goes, I've taken this basic recipe for banana bread from my first EVER cookbook (thanks sid!)- The Big Book of Breakfast (haha! I can SO see you were expecting something fancy! sorry :P lol)

You will need - butter, eggs, sugar (I've used demarara, but castor is fine), all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, water, baking soda (i HAD to forget something in the photo, didn't I? Need to run true to form and not disappoint my readers and all) and of course-bananas and blueberries!

Preheat oven. In the meanwhile, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Mash the bananas. Add the flour, bananas, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until blended. I know, I know, it looks terrible now, but wait until its done!

Now you could either mix in the blueberries at this stage, or do as I do (yes, yes, obviously my way is the right way) and layer the batter and blueberries into a greased loaf tin (I have this fun red non-stick one as you can see :)

Bake until its done! Slice, serve warm with tea (or coffee, but only if I'm not there). MAJOR YUM! I promise!!



Butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Eggs - 2 large
Bananas - 1-1/2 cups when mashed, thats 3-4 (ripe!)
Water - 1/3 cup
A.P. Flour - 1 & 2/3 cups
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Blueberries - 1/3 - 1/2 cup

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar, Add eggs, bananas and water and beat for a few minutes. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until blended. Stir in the blueberries (or layer them). Pour mixture into a greased loaf tin/pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in a pan on a rack for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges and remove bread from pan. Serve warm. You can store this wrapped in foil!
Oh, and also, my book says that this bread freezes well, but I must confess, its never lasted that long when I've made it!!


Unknown said...

Looks yummy! Will try today!

plutosangel said...
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Anonymous said...

hey I love soda breads! so much faster and easier than the yeasty versions.. great recipe!

Unknown said...

i want some of this yummy in my tummy ;)

raj said...

@simi-thank you! let me know how it goes!
@oneofagrind-lol, i agree with you, but somehow, i must say that i feel none of that decadence in eating soda breads, not the way i do with the forever-to-make yeast breads!
r@raghu-go work out you!

The Purple Foodie said...

YAY you're back! I'm sure we're some kinda karmic sisters. Similar tastes and now posting at the same time. LOL I love banana bread and this reminds me I've not made it in a while. I've got s bag of blueberries stashed somewhere but I much prefer the fresh stuff. How I wish it grew here!

hullabaloo said...

this looks awesome! i want! i want to try making it too! will let you know if i come up with anything that vaguely resembles food.

i'm back at my parents' place raiding their kitchen as well. and i've decided to cook one thing everyday. it's worked so far, but that may be because i've only been back a day. :)


Deeba PAB said...

Gorgeous loaf Raj. Are you in India? WHERE did you find fresh blueberries. I am so envious....can you tell I'm turning GREEN?

raj said...

@ purplefoodie i missed out on our next post together :( was away traveling, but i will agree-its weird how often we think of the same things!
soumya-my lowe!! where have you been??? text me your number child! i shall send you food and you can pretend you cooked it :) missing you!
deeba- lol, im sorry to disappoint you, but they're dried, i picked them up when i came back to india from nyc :)

Vasishta Dasika said...

Can we substitute Eggs with say condensed milk or something else?

raj said...

@ vasi - eggless bread?? no i don't think that would be a good idea! will try and find you some good eggless recipes though!!

Vasishta Dasika said...

Come on. Does modern bread use egg in its recipe? I am not sure!

rajiika said...

vasi-modern bread (which i think is terrible by the way. lol) might not, but they use yeast instead! and that makes a big difference. this is after all only a soda bread.