Breakfast muffin

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I am a double breakfast eater. There is no time of the day when I would say no to a great cake with a cup of black coffee. These cravings are at their helm in the mornings. I would however consider myself not much of a sweet breakfast eater, unless off course its winers.

There was a time when I was growing up and since I was raised egg-free vegetarian, I found it very hard to find cakes without eggs. Now however, we find that it is becoming rapidly popular to bake without eggs.

So the next question is then what is the egg substitute to be used for the rise of the cake.

One of the (now) most common egg substitutes it flax seed and water. Great to taste as it adds an additional nuttiness plus protein. This recipe was tested on the demand of a reader, after I posted a banana bread recipe on the blog. She is allergic to eggs. So here it is finally. I replied the butter with coconut oil to make it vegan.

Tip – The one thing I did was that I forgot to add the chocolate chunks in the batter, I topped the muffins with it. If you are doing the same thing as me, then sink the chocolate chunks deep into the batter. If it lies on top it can dry up or burn, specially the ones near the heat of the oven.

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Vegan banana and cinnamon muffin
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
6 tbsp warm water
180 gms light all-purpose/ gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking soda
1½ tsp baking powder, aluminium free
¼ tsp fine sea salt
90 gms palm sugar
100 gms coconut oil
2 very ripe bananas (total of 1 cup smashed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vegan- chocolate chunks

1. Mix the flax seed and water and let it sit for 15 minutes.
2. Sift all the dry ingredients. Wen backing without egg, it is important to incorporate as much as air as possible to get a lighter cake.
3. Heat the coconut oil till it just melts. Add the mashed bananas and the vanilla extract.
4. Add the flax seed and water mixture and fold the rest of the dry ingredients.
5. In the end add the chocolate chunks and stir.
6. Use an ice-cream scoop to add the batter onto lined muffin trays.
7. Bake for about 20 minutes at 160 degrees in a preheated oven. Watch the muffins closely because they can be done quickly if there is low humidity or the bananas are fresh, etc.
I have never been able to wait for them to cool before I can eat. The warmer, the better. the fluffier. Enjoy with a cuppa.
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There ain’t no such thing as too much fruit

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Banana Fruit Cake

I have forever had the 5 O’Clock hunger. PM of course! Always. Whether as a child when this was around the evening play time or now when its time to slow down in the day over a cup of tea or coffee.

Most of the times I reach for the usual almonds, fruits, rice crisps, chips, the works. but there are times when I crave Cake. For me though its never, ever, very very rarely about the creamed cakes. Its usually about a flavourful tea cake. Barely sweet and usually resounding with the season’s fruit.

And top among the list of loves is the banana bread. Almost fool proof and always perfuming the house with the most splendid aroma of cinnamon, banana and vanilla. Sometimes an added touch of coconut.

The more stale it goes, the crumblier it gets. I think I could say that its different in flavour when sliced through warm straight out of the oven, different if had cold with warm coffee or milk, very different when slightly toasted through with a dollop of butter as morning breakfast, great as a post work out energy slab (of cake of course, why else do we work out, to eventually indulge ourselves).

So here is the version that I make and it is basically to reduce all guilt, the flour is blended with whole wheat flour, the sugar is packed brown and very less making the most of the natural sweetness of the bananas. For this specific time I also made some cherry compote to go with it, probably because i wanted to just try out my new cherry pitter, or for want of a tart contrast the cake. If you have the cherry compote left over, use it on toast, pancakes, crepes etc. I finished mine on the cheese board, served with some crackers and Camembert.

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Banana Bread:

125 gms butter
150 gms dark brown sugar (if you like yours sweeter make that 200gms)
2 eggs
6 mashed bananas
100 gms all purpose flour
155 gms whole wheat flour (atta)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla extract
100 ml thinned yoghurt (whisk a little water, about 20ml to 80ml yogurt)
150 gms dry coconut powder (optional)

Cherry Compote:

250 gms pitted cherries
50 gms sugar
1 lime (zest and juice)

  • Mash bananas. Thats simple, peal and use a fork to break the bananas. Line a 3 inch deep 10X3 inch loaf tin with parchment paper. and preheat the oven at 180 degrees centigrade.
  • The wet ingredients first. Cream the butter and sugar, which is about a 2 minute whisk job. Add in the eggs one at a time and whisk again. Add the vanilla extract and the thinned yoghurt and whisk again.
  • The dry ingredients. Run everything through a sieve. Both the flours, the baking powder and the baking soda along with the cinnamon.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Do not whisk too much but ensure that you combine thoroughly. As we have added yoghurt to the cake batter, it will immediately activate the baking powder and backing soda. So we will have to work quickly without over working the mixture. Use a spatula and pour the mixture in the lined loaf tin.
  • If you are using the coconut powder then sprinkle it on the top after you have evened the cake mix in the tin with the spatula. This coconut forms a heady aromatic flavourful crust on to of the cake.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in a 180 degree centigrade oven. Ensure it is cooked through by checking if a knife passes through the cake and comes out clean with no ingredients sticking to it.

Enjoy the smells wafting in the house and take out your favourite tea and china for the afternoon treat if you will. And while you are at it

  • Macerate the cherry. Add the sugar to the cherries and let it sit for an hour or so.
  • Gently cook. In a heavy bottomed pan, tumble the sugared cherries. Add zest of the lime. Simmer. Cover. And allow the fruit to release its juices and bubble away. Cook for about 10 minutes or so and then add the juice of 1 lime and let it simmer for 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat but continue stirring till the pot starts to cool down. The compote is ready.

Once the cake is done. Let it rest and cool off slightly. Thats the toughest part though but don’t loose patience, you don’t want to break the cake so wait for 15 minutes.

Serve. There are many ways. But best thing, serve warm with butter and the cherry compote. Coconut cream works well too.

Enjoy!

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