Monday, May 20, 2013

Banana bread with fruits and nuts and some hiking pictures

Yesterday morning when we woke up the weather outside looked so gloomy and grey, so with much disappointement  we all slowed down our routine pace and was planning to spend the weekend in a shopping mall which is very unusual for us during this time of the year, but the unpredictable weather took a twist and all of sudden the sun came out. Within minutes we ditched our shopping plans and  decided to explore a hills nearby instead. When we set off the journey least did I know that we were going to have our first hike ! We choose the medium hike covering in 2 hours and oh boy we are glad we did it. The satisfaction of doing something like that is really priceless.

Thats the hill we hiked !

Look who is leading us :)

Waiting for  our turn to cross the river

Coming back to  topic, todays post is a banana bread which I baked few days before and I can  authoritatively say this is one of the best banana bread ever, well this  verdict is not just from  my family but also from my friends who came for a tea to my place and my  blogger friend Manjiri who tasted this insisted that I should post the recipe the same day, I guess that says it all :)

Recipe adapted form here

Plain flour / Maida - 175 gm /1 1/4 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter - 125 gm ( melted )
Sugar - 150 gm ( 3/4 cup )
Eggs - 2 large
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Very ripe bananas - 4 medium (mashed )
Raisins - 100 gm
Walnuts -  60 gm ( chopped )
Rum / Orange juice - 75 ml

  • In a saucepan put the rasins and add 75 ml of rum and bring it to boil.Turn off the flame and leave it covered for 1 hour for raisins to absorb the rum.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Give it a mix with a wooden spoon and combine the ingredients.
  • Meanwhile melt butter in microwave or in a saucepan and keep aside.
  • In  a mixing bowl add melted butter and sugar and beat until combined.
  • Best in one eggs at a time and beat well after each addition.
  • Add mashed banana to it and fold in.
  • Add chopped walnut, drained raisins, vanilla extract and fold in with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  • Add 1/3 rd of the flour mixture to it and fold in add remaining flour in 2 additions and repeat the same.
  • Transfer the batter into a greased loaf tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree celcius for 1 hour 10 minute to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake in wire rack until cool.


Divya Shivaraman said...

Wow...thats a lovely sure your friend was lucky to tast that same day

Shibi Thomas said...


Glad to see your hiking snaps. The hill looks beautiful.

I too made a banana, raisin, walnut bread with maple syrup just couple of hours ago :). I had some over ripe bananas and wanted to make use of it.

Torviewtoronto said...

cake looks wonderful

Anu said...

Lovely place, ESP the river. The banana bread looks delicious

Hari Chandana said...

Gorgeous photography.. looks yummy !!

Ms.Chitchat said...

Lovely hiking experience, equally gorgeous banana bread, nice texture. which place is this? so green and beautiful landscape.

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

wow! great place aand an even great bake !!!

Kamalika C said...

Loved the snaps and the recipe too....Happy to follow you...:)

Rafeeda AR said...

such a lovely looking bread... it looks so rich... yum... i'm sure u enjoyed the hiking, the place looks beautifulll...

Veena Theagarajan said...

bread looks so wholesome.. nice article

Nupur said...

I must say you have a good patience level. I am down half way through whenever i go to hike.. not my cup of tea at all... But then that's the reason you are so slim Vineetha :)

Cake looks wonderful as always

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

very nice snaps dear... very beautiful places... n bread looks so yumm...

divya said...

Gorgeous photography.. looks yummy !!

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy and inviting dear

Saranya Balaji said...

place looks so beautiful dear...i'm sure u enjoyed the hiking...cake looks so moist and nice texture..

Priya Suresh said...

Seems you had a fabulous hiking there, beautiful landscape sis.

Obviously the picture of the bread itself speaks a lot, fantastic and beautifully baked.

Hilda in Australia said...

Dear Ruchi,I plan to make this cake as a Christmas gift. I know it will be fabulous to eat.