Banana Bread

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been vegetable shopping at the Gabba fruit market which has incredibly cheap cheap deals. I mean how crazy is paying for a huge box of mixed vegetables and fruit for only $5?!  I love it since it’s also a bit of a mystery box situation.. you only see the vegetables that are on the outside which usually are the biggest like capsicums, tomatoes etc but you don’t know what could lie beneath it all! I find that GREAT! Every week you get to have different meals and recipes and this week it was banana bread. I found four bananas that needed to GO GO GO 😛

Another great thing of this recipe is that you can mix all the ingredients with just a fork, no need for a mixer. Sorry KitchenAid 😦

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 bananas, smashed

1 egg

50 gr butter, melted

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 tsp walnut essence (optional)

1-2 cups of walnuts, chopped

Turn oven on 180°. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until evenly combined. Line a loaf tray with parchment, pour the batter and leave in the oven for 1 hour. Take out and let cool completely before munching on it 🙂

Simplest recipe ever! Seriously and its a great snack or way to start the day, paired with coffee or a good fruity smoothie!

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enjoy! Ciao for now!

 

 

Pretzels

Making bagels was just the first step towards an avalanche of baking and breads, cakes, desserts. Now that I have time to spare I can experiment and try things I’ve always wanted to make. And since I have time, I can make mistakes and improve the recipes as I  go.

INGREDIENTS: makes 6

1cup milk

7gr sachet of yeast

1 cup of wholemeal flour

30gr melted butter + to grease (20gr should be more than enough, also melted)

1 1/4 cups plain flour (you can use all plain I just wanted to mix it up and it tastes great!)

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 cup baking powder

Rock salt

Warm the milk in a saucepan or in the microwave. Pour in the a large bowl and mix in the yeast.  Let it rest for a couple of minutes. Mix in the brown sugar and 1 cup of wholemeal and the melted butter. Add the plain flour gradually while mixing with a fork or your hands. On a floured surface knead the dough until smooth and elastic. You might have to add some tbsp of flour as this dough is very wet. When it stops being sticky, place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling and leave it for an hour to rise.

Once it double in size, punch the air out and divide the dough in 6 parts. On a floured surface, roll each piece like a long sausage up to 40-50 cm.

Take the ends of the dough, and making a circle shape cross the two ends towards the inside of the circle.

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Always holding the ends, twist once around each other and place the ends on the bottom of the circle.

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Once you have done all this, line a tray with greased parchment paper. Make sure you grease it properly! My first batch the paper wouldn’t come off the pretzel and I had to cut off all the bottom part. 😦

Pour 3 cups of warm water in a separate bowl or tray and mix in the baking powder. This should fizz for a couple of seconds. You need to dunk the pretzels in the water and making sure you eliminate excess water, place on the baking tray and sprinkle with rock salt. I used a ladle of sorts to dunk them in as they are quite soft.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until nice and gold.

Place on a cooling rack. Take the extra butter and brush it over the hot pretzels and let it drip off.

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There you have it! I had two as soon as they were done, couldn’t wait! 🙂

Hope you find these as much fun to make as I did.

Ciao for now! xox

Bagels

So it has been a while since I last ate or even dreamed of eating a bagel here in Australia. Doesn’t seem to be as popular as in England or even the US 😦

But you know, i’ll take this so deeply felt absence to make my own 🙂 When I told my mom I was making them she said I was very ambitious. In some sense she was right, I did make some mistakes and saw how the dough reacts in different instances. So next time, instead of making batches, I’ll bake them all in one sitting. I initially divided the batch in two. I wasn’t at my place and didn’t have enough trays to bake them all at once. While the first batch baked, the second grew and rose more, making the dough heavier and therefore, flattened the bagels. The difference was quite evident: first ones were round and high, the second ones were low and wider.

INGREDIENTS: makes 8

300 ml of warm water

7gr sachet yeast

450 gr white/bread flour +  dusting and kneading

4 tbsp sugar

Butter to grease

Sesame seeds

In a bowl, our 100ml of warm water and mix in the yeast and 1tbsp of sugar, letting it rest for 10 minutes. Pour 200ml of water and half of the flour and mix. Add the rest of the flour and knead with your hands until it become soft and elastic, but not sticky. When you manage to make a ball, place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film for an hour.

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Turn oven on 200°. Boil a big pot of water with the remaining 3 tbsp of sugar. On a floured surface, take the dough out from the bowl delicately, and divide in 8 parts. Make 8 flat balls and with a handle of rolling pin ( you can also use a wooden spoon) make a hole in the middle and with your fingers widen it to circa 3cm. Cover the ready ones with cling while making the other bagels.

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Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease lightly with some butter. Put one or two bagels in the boiling sugary water for 2 minutes (1 min on each side) and then take out and place on the tray. Cover with sesame seeds. Once this is done, bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

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And voilà! Breakfast is ready, for the next day;P

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As you can see from the picture the flatter ones are those that I have left to rise in balls while I was baking the first batch of 4.I would suggest either baking them all together or leaving half the dough untouched and work it later or boil them all and then bake in batches.

Enjoy! Ciao for now xox