Showing posts with label Banana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Banana. Show all posts

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Caramelised Banana Chiffon Cake - 焦糖香蕉威风蛋糕

Caramelised Banana Chiffon Cake
Hi peeps! How does cake filled with caramelised banana sounds to you? Good? Today I would be sharing another chiffon cake recipe which inspired by one of my girlfriends through our WhatsApp chat. And with the recipe shared by her friend I decide to give it a twist by using gula melak instead of caster sugar to caramelise the banana for that unique fragrant and taste.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Banana Coconut Bread using Coconut Flour

I always love things to be simple when it comes to food preparation for the family. So whenever the recipe calls for "one pot dish" or "one pot cake" I would be most delighted to try it out because I get to wash lesser utensils as well as time spent in the kitchen. So here I have a quick recipe which only requires stir and mix after which you could sit back and relax while waiting for the cake to be out from the oven.

This quick Banana Coconut Bread has a lovely moist texture plus coconut scent from coconut flour used and I also love the extract dose of walnuts which gives the bread an extra crunch and nutty flavour.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Banana And Espresso Walnut Muffins

Two weeks ago, I made some Banana And Espresso Walnut Muffins using Nigella Lawson’s Banana Muffin’s recipe whereby I added some extra walnuts and instant espresso coffee powder  to enhance the flavour. I always love Nigella’s recipe which is easy to follow and the ingredients used  are also easily found in our kitchen pantry. Moreover these muffins are so light and fluffy which makes them a great company for breakfast or afternoon snack together with smoothie or hot beverages.


BANANA AND ESPRESSO WALNUT MUFFINS


This recipe is so easy to follow and my kid just loves to do it on his own with minimum help from me. To start with divide the ingredients into two mixing bowls; wet batter and flour mixtures. Mix the egg batter into the flour mixtures, stir till combine and add in walnuts if using then divide batter into baking cups/muffin tray and off it goes into the oven. And if you are fast you can even complete the whole process from preparing, mixing and baking within 30 minutes.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

5 Assorted Chiffon Cakes Recipes - Part II

Good morning everyone! For those who follow my updates on Instagram and Facebook Page, you will release that I have being working on some chiffon cake recipes lately. It is such a quick and easy cake to whip up in about 10 minutes plus 40 minutes baking time in the oven (excluding cooling time) and you get to enjoy some lovely hearty homemade chiffon anytime of the day.

I had received some emails from readers regarding problems that they face while making chiffon cakes mostly because the cake sinks or did not rise as fluffy as expected. All these might due to  folding of egg whites into the yolk batter (over mixed), oven temperature or etc. But I am sure with proper guideline and hands-on once will eventually master the recipes. In this post, I will be sharing another 5 chiffon cake recipes apart from what I did in Chiffon Cake Recipes - Part I.

Monday, 2 September 2013

[4 Recipes] Quick and Easy Meal With Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender

With a new gadget; Bosch ErgoMixx Hand Blender added to  my kitchen pantry recently, I decided to work on a lunch menu to test out its features and functions on blend, process and whisk. And in this post, I will be sharing four recipes using those functions which I am quite happy with the end results.

Actually before using the hand blender I did a Google search on it's review; and I am pretty distracted with some of the negative reviews on it's universal cutter and blender. But all those worries are gone after I test out the blender with the recipes shown below and I am glad that now I can easily hand small amount of ingredients using this reliable blender.

Above is my set of Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender which you can reader more on it's features and function in my product review post here.


BEETROOT AND POTATO SOUP


Beetroot is a "powerful" root vegetable which contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid which is good for the body. And I have also shared a few recipes using beetroot like ABC Power Cake which we all love. In this post I prepare a thick soup with beetroot, carrot and potato using my new Bosch hand blender and surprisingly the soup turns out great with a smooth texture and fragrance aroma from the bay leave (don't worry there is no raw beetroot taste at all).

To enjoy the soup, we top it with a dollar of Greek Yogurt (or you can use sour cream) and serve it together with some rustic bread which makes it a great hearty dish during cold days.


(Serves: 2  |  Preparation: 10 minutes  | Cooking: 30 - 40 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 2 Medium Beetroot (250g)
  • 1 Small Carrot (100g)
  • 3 Medium Potatoes (250g)
  • 1 Small Brown Onion, diced
  • 1 Bay Leave
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1.5 Cup Chicken Broths
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Some Sour Cream / Greek Yogurt, optional

Method:-
1. Peel and dice beetroot, carrot and potato into small cubes. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a saucepan, add onion and carrot, cook on low heat for 3 minutes till onion is tender.

3. Add in beetroot, potato, bay leaves and chicken stock. Bring to boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until beetroot is tender.

4. Remove from heat, take out the bay leave and use Bosch ErgoMixx Hand Blender to process the mixture on Speed 8 till smooth then season with salt and pepper.

5. Ladle soup into serving bowls, top with some sour cream and pepper. Serve warm with bread.



SESAME CHICKEN MEATBALL


This Sesame Chicken Meatballs makes it a great party/finger food for both Adults and Kids. It's super easy to prepare and you can even do a spicy version by adding 1 bird eye chilli and a stick of lemon grass to the existing ingredients.

In the past even though my family loves meatball, patty and etc, I don't usually prepared them at home because my existing Bosch food processor is way too "huge" to minced 150g of chicken breast or pork fillet. But now with my light weight hand blender everything seems like a breeze and I can easily prepared my minced meat within a minute or two (depending on the texture that you want).

(Make: 15 - 18 meatballs | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 150g Chicken Breast Fillet, diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce/ Light Soy Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger Juice, optional
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary
  • 4 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • Oil for Deep-frying

Method:-
1. Using the Bosch Ergo Mixx Universal Chopper, place diced chicken, fish sauce, lime juice, ginger and rosemary in the provided container together with the blade and process using Speed 6 till almost smooth.

2. Remove the paste and hand roll about ½ tablespoon of the mixture into small round shapes.

3. Next coat it with sesame seeds and place on plate while repeating the rest of the chicken mixture.

4. Deep-fry meatballs in batches, drain well and serve with extra sweet chilli/tomato sauce.


PUMPKIN AND SWEETCORN PANCAKES


Pancake is the easiest dish to prepare if you are looking for a quick breakfast idea. You can either make it sweet or savory by adding in different ingredients like cheese, bacon, carrot, tomato or even plain. Here with the help of my hand blender (balloon whisk), I can easily prepare my favourite (serve 1 - 2) wholemeal pancake without the need of taking out my electric beater.

Other than making corn fritter, I also like to add fresh sweetcorn kernels into my wholemeal pancake for that extra crunch and natural sweetness. For this recipe, you can swap between pumpkin or sweet potato depend on your preference and their availability in your pantry.


(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 100g Cake/Wholemeal Flour
  • 3g Baking Powder
  • 50g Pumpkin, finely chopped
  • 50g Sweetcorn Kernels
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 20g Brown Sugar
  • 15ml Grape Seeds Oil
  • 120ml Milk
  • 1 Egg White
Method:-
1. Using the Bosch Ergo Mixx Hand Blender Balloon Whisk beat egg yolk with brown sugar till thick and creamy.

2. Slowly whisk in oil and milk then stirs well in between till combined.

3. Next add in pumpkin, corn kernels and flour mixture, mixed well and set aside.

4. With a clean balloon whisk attached to the hand blender, whisk egg white on Speed 6/8 till stiff peak.

5. First fold in 1/3 of the whites into the flour mixture and stir till combined then follow by remaining whites and stir till no trace of white found.

6. Heat up a lightly oiled frying pan, pour ¼ cup of the batter for each pancake and cook until it is golden brown on both side.

7. Remove and keep warm, continue with the remaining batter.

8. Serve pancake with maple syrup or honey together with butter.


CHOCOLATE BANANA TOFU MOUSSE
(Eggless version)


Love this "Eggless and Sugarless"  Chocolate Mousse dessert to bits as it's very different from the normal chocolate mousse recipes which requires cream, eggs and sugar. Here cream is replace with "tofu" whereas egg and sugar is being replace by "banana" for a light and healthier version with natural sweetness mainly from banana and chocolate.

If  using "raw egg" is an issue for you (I usually avoid recipe using raw egg) to avoid making chocolate mousse for the kids, perhaps you would like to try this version by using banana and tofu which I am sure it will be a much healthier dessert to prepare for the whole family.


(Serves: 4  | Preparation: 10 minutes  | Chilling: 1 - 2 hours)

Ingredients:
  • 200g Pressed Tofu
  • 300g Ripe Banana
  • 160g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extra, optional
Method:-
1. Rinse and drain pressed tofu on kitchen paper towel.

2. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler over a pot of simmering water or microwave in a heatproof bowl for 1 minute on HIGH. Stir mixture till smooth and set aside.

3. Place banana, tofu and melt chocolate into the provided tall beaker, use Bosch Ergo Mixx Hand Blender and process the mixture on Speed 6 till smooth.

4. Transfer the mixture into small sterilized bottle jars and keep in the fridge for about 2 hours till firm.

5. Serve with whipped cream or berries.

With the four step-by-step recipes above featuring different functions of the new Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender I hope it will be of some help for those who is keen in getting a hand blender for their kitchen. Friendly speaking this hand blender do come in handy if you are working on small portion of ingredients especially for "baby/toddler" food or quick dishes like mashed potato, cream soup, pancake, muffin and etc. For more recipe ideas using Bosch kitchen products you can visit their recipe site @ http://www.bosch-home.com.sg/recipe-home-page.html


*All recipes and opinions expressed in this post are my own and there is no monetary compensation received.

Friday, 16 August 2013

[Recipe] Gula Melaka Banana Cake With Walnuts

Our family loves "banana" cake except me. But about two weeks ago, when I saw Maryann (@tubbykat) Gula Melaka Banana Bread's photo on Instagram (here) I know immediately I am sold for this combination because of my favourite "Gula Melaka" which is one of the key ingredients for this recipe. With that added it definitely enhance the taste and aroma of the cake which makes them similar smells rather like caramel popcorn.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Deep-fried Banana with Popiah Skin

This is a yummy finger food that mum taught me while we are having a conversation about how to use those banana that I always stock up for our weekly fruit supply. She mentioned that she saw a Taiwan cooking clip from youtube which use fresh "popiah skin" to wrap banana with some Japanese mayonnaise and deep-fried till golden brown.

So without hesitate, I bought some fresh popiah skin and start making some for our morning tea.  After which when I posted this photo on my "Instagram", someone comment that it looks similar to one of their Philippines dessert which is known as Turon or Banana Lumpia.  And when I did a Google, it shows that Turon is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas and a slice of jackfruit which dusted with brown sugar and rolled in spring roll wrapper and deep-fried.


DEEP-FRIED BANANA AND NUTELLA
WITH POPIAH SKIN


For my version instead of using Japanese Mayonnaise from mum's description, I have tested it with other fillings such as Nutella and Peanut Butter. Personally I find those with Nutella fillings are just simply awesome which you won't want to stop with just 1 roll. I also have a similar recipe using "slice bread" instead of popiah wrapper which you might want to read up more HERE.


(Make: 4 rolls  | Preparation: 5 minutes    |   Cooking: 5 minutes)

Ingredients:
4 Sheets Fresh Popiah Wrapper
2 Ripe Banana, half
Some Nutella, Peanut Butter or Japanese Mayonnaise


Method:-
1. Place the popiah wrapper on a clean plate and position half of the banana on the lower 1/4 of the wrapper.

2. Spread some Nutella, Peanut Butter or Japanese Mayonnaise sauce on the banana (refer to the photo above).

3. Fold left and right corners of wrapper over filling, overlapping slightly (wrapper will resemble an open envelope).

4. Next dab top corner with some flour solution (1 tablespoon water + 1 teaspoon flour) then roll up wrapper away from you into a long thin roll, making sure ends stay tucked inside.

5. Repeat the steps with the remaining ingredients and deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown.

6. Remove, drain well and serve hot.


Lastly, if you are prefer something more "dim sum" alike, perhaps you can tried using red bean paste with banana, wrapped it and deep-fried. I am sure it taste as good as those with Nutella too!

Friday, 9 March 2012

{Photo Friday} Homemade Banana Fritters

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I fell in love with this Banana Fritters during one of my brunch invite over at Maameemoomoo's place.  Indeed Sherie is a fabulous cook plus baker who can turn simple ingredients into restaurant standard and styling food. And if you remember she is also the one who inspired and taught me quick and simple method on making homemade bread. (you can read more on my homemade bread ideas and recipes HERE)

You cannot imagine how delicious these fluffy banana treat taste like until you sank your teeth into one of these. I still remember vividly that I had about 5 pieces of these over at Sherie's place. It's simple so irresistible with the extra honey, butter and banana slices. And both of us agreed that these banana fritters taste quite similar to Kueh Kodok (Deep-Fried Banana Balls)


HOMEMADE BANANA FRITTERS


Finally, Sherie posted her recipe last week and now I am able to make this yummy treat on my own whenever I have some extra banana in the pantry. Moreover this recipe also makes a great idea as snack anytime of the day.


Recipe adapted from Sherie of Maameemoomoo, HERE.

(Serves: 2-3 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 20 minutes)

Ingredients:
150g Plain Flour
1.5 Teaspoon Baking Powder
60g Brown Sugar
125ml Buttermilk
1 eggs
2 Ripe Bananas, mashed

Toppings:
2 Ripe Banana, sliced lengthways
Unsalted Butter
Honey
Fresh Berries, optional

You can refer the steps on making these yummy banana fritters from Sherie's post HERE.



OUR FAVOURITE BANANA RECIPES


Banana and Oreo Muffin

Blueberry Banana Jam

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

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Continue from my previous post on the Banana Chocolate Cake With Cranberry this double chocolate version is definitely with excitement! I made this Double Chocolate Banana Cake because it consists two of my boy's favourite ingredients which are "Banana" and "Dark Chocolate" and they definitely pairs well. If you want to impress your guests with something rich, soft and moist and quick for afternoon tea perhaps you can try baking this using either oven method or my super Happy Call Pan!


DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE
(using Happy Call Pan)


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From the photo above you can still visual the ozzing chocolate from the cake which makes it texture extra sexy and hard not to fall in love with especially if you are a chocolate lover. And moreover chocolate and banana are definitely an awesome pair of ingredients.


(Makes: 30 x 25cm | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 30 minutes)

Chinese Version of the recipe HERE.

Ingredients:
200g All-Purpose Flour(plain flour)
25g Valrhona Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
170g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
170g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs(55g each)
2 Ripe Banana(about 200 - 220g), mashed
30ml of Fresh Milk
100g Dark Chocolate, chopped


Method:-
1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

2. Cream soft butter and caster sugar using a electric beater or hand whisk till pale and creamy.

3. Add one egg at a time together with vanilla extract, beat till combined before stirring in the mashed banana and mix well.

4. Using a spatula, fold in sifted flours in 3 batches alternatively with milk till well combined. Lastly stir in the chopped chocolate.

5. Slowly scrap mixture into the lightly greased Happy Call Pan(grease 1 teaspoon of oil on both side of the pan using hand or paper towel).

6. Bake on low heat for 12 minutes, slowly shift the pan towards right side so that left side (1/2 of the HCP) of the pan is on the heat, bake for another 6 minutes. Next shift the pan back towards the left side so that right side(1/2 of the HCP) of the pan is on the heat. (the purpose of doing this is to even out the baking as well as give the cake a nice brown colour on the surface when flip over)

7. Lastly, flip the HCP over and bake for another 6 minutes(3 minutes left, 3 minutes right) to have a nice brown top.

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FOR OVEN METHOD:-
1. Follow steps 1 - 4, pour cake batter into a greased 7" square or round tin.

2. Bake in preheated 180° Celsius oven for about 40 - 50 minutes or when a skewer inserted in the center and comes out clean.



MIXED FRUIT CAKE
(Preview)


Lastly here is a snack preview of the Mixed Fruit Cake which I made together on the same as the above Double Chocolate Banana Cake. This one was rather a quick version using soaked mixed fruit in RUM and Orange juice and bake using a butter cake recipe. 

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