THE PERFECTLY PERFECT BANANA BREAD

Ingredients:

1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

¾ tsp ground cinnamon

One cup white sugar

1/2 cup or 1/3 cup brown sugar (it can be either amount)

One stick or half cup of unsalted butter

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs at room temperature (you can put them in a bowl of tap water to bring them to room temperature)

2-3 mashed, ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/3 cup of milk at room temperature

1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

 

Recipe:

First, oil and flour a bundt or a tube pan, and turn the oven on at 350 0r 175, depending on the kind of oven you have. Now, sift all the dry ingredients. Next, mix eggs, butter, oil and the two kinds of sugar in a bowl. Add the flour mixture, beat. Add mashed bananas and vanilla essence. Finally, add the milk and beat. If you’d like, you can also stir walnuts in the batter.  Do not beat too much as you are introducing a lot of air into the batter. Bake for about an hour. Check the bread with a tooth pick or a butter knife. If it comes out dry, you are in pretty good shape.

 

Note:

If you don’t have brown sugar, you can use extra white sugar. Brown sugar brings a richness to the flavor of the bread.

 

STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE

STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE (allrecipes.com)

 

Butter and Flour a 9X13 inch rectangular pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 or 175, depending on the type of oven you have.

 

Cake Ingredients:

2 Eggs at room temperature

One stick butter or half cup (softened)

One 8 ounce package Philadelphia cream cheese, it can a brand other than Kraft but it should be the American style cream cheese (softened)

I and ¼ cup of sugar

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

Half cup of milk at room temperature

One teaspoon almond extract

One teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Crumb Topping Ingrdients:

½ cup of flour

½ cup of sugar

½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

¾ cup of chopped walnuts

½ stick of cold butter

 

First, sift all the dry ingredients. Few days ago,  I was watching a baking show  on a television channel. I have no clue what she was teaching, but what I did notice was that she added every dry ingredient directly to the mixing bowl.  This is a practice best avoided. Many times, if you do not sift all dry ingredients together, you will notice baking soda or powder concentrated in one area of your final baking product. What sifting does is it distributes all dry ingredients evenly. Now, cream together  butter, cream cheese, eggs (one by one) and sugar. Next, add the dry ingredients alternately with milk, starting and ending with flour. Add the two extracts, mix. Pour the batter in the pan.

Now take a ziplock bag, and  mix with all the ingredients for the crumb topping. The topping should be solid, butter should be solid too. Finally, add  or sprinkle the crumb topping on  top of the raw batter in the pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clear. This is a recipe from the baking/cooking  site allrecipes.com.  I cannot praise this recipe enough. It’s a spectacular recipe, and always wins fans. Additionally, it is fairly easy and quick to put together.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, eggs should be put in a bowl of tap water to bring them to room temperature. If you’d like butter to be softened, put it in a bowl and keep it in a sunny window or close to the stove. I don’t like microwaving butter as it will  turn the butter to liquid, and can affect  the final product.