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Baking attempt fail

24 Aug

I know you generally expect recipe blogs to post only successful recipes because really, who would want to read about botched attempts and failures?

However this blog is meant to be a journey of my baking and cooking adventures in the kitchen and that would naturally include making mistakes and learning from them 😛

I was trying to recreate this recipe http://busy-mommy.com/2012/03/nutella-and-streusel-swirled-banana-bread.html on Monday but maybe I didn’t take the time to read it properly in advance or I didn’t have the correct baking tray dimensions, and it went bad. It didn’t look anything like it should in the photos provided and the bread consistency was way too floury. I think the main problem arose because I halved the ingredients and maybe somewhere in there, my measurements went awry, causing this to be a botched attempt at a nutella and streusel banana swirl bread.

The making of the streusel – it didn’t turn all crumbly like the recipe said it should.

The banana bread mixture; with way too much nutella it seems.

The banana bread mixture with the streusel mixed in before going into the oven

The final product

It actually does look pretty much like a brownie! Haha, oh well, I guess I learn never to fiddle with recipes and to always ensure I have the correct baking tray (this tray was too wide, causing my bread to be very low and flat) .

S was really sweet though; he still bravely ate a few slices and said that it didn’t matter if it wasn’t a success, it only mattered that I baked it, for him (:

French toast with caramel banana topping

21 Aug

I have a soft spot for french toast. I especially love it when it is served piping hot, with maple syrup, for breakfast. I have always known that it is easy to make but I never really tried it myself, until Monday morning. It is a public holiday (Selamat Hari Raya to all our Muslim readers!) so we decided to stay in (which means sleeping late the night before to watch a DVD and sleeping in the next morning). We chose to rewatch Serenity by Joss Whedon – it’s one of my all-time favourite shows and I still am sad that they never continued the Firefly series; I can only wonder just who Shepherd Book actually is!

Anyway, I chanced upon this recipe from http://tidymom.net/2012/caramel-banana-french-toast/ and it looked so delightfully delicious that I was practically drooling all over my computer! I knew there and then that I had to try it out!

This was also the perfect recipe for my Happycall pan – I didn’t have to painstakingly flip the bread one by one, but I could just close the pan and flip the entire thing 😀

The best part is that this recipe is really easy to make and it took me about 25 to 30 minutes to whip this up, and I was taking my time, I tell you! S loved it so much he asked for more and rated 80% for the french toast and 85% for the caramel banana topping. That man is hard to please! But I am glad because he finished it all!

Serves two

Equipment you need
Happycall / Heavy-bottomed frying pan
Mixing bowl
Chopping board
Knife

French toast

Ingredients you need
4 slices of bread (the thicker the better)
4 eggs
4 tbsp milk (i used leftover dairy whipping cream)
2 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sugar
pinch of sea salt
2 tsp unsalted butter

Steps
1 In a large, shallow mixing bowl, mix the eggs, milk/cream, sugar, salt, orange juice and vanilla.
2 Add bread to the egg mixture and flip gently to coat evenly. Let it soak in the egg mixture for about one minute.
3 Heat up the frying pan / Happycall over medium-high heat. Add the butter to melt.
4 Remove the bread from the egg mixture and let it drip over the egg mixture before transferring it to the hot pan.
5 Cook until the bottom is golden brown then flip it over to cook the other side.

Caramel banana topping

Ingredients you need
2 ripe but firm bananas, sliced thickly
2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 tbsp brown sugar, packed
sprinkle of cinnamon

Steps
1 Peel and slice the bananas thickly
2 Add butter and brown sugar to frying pan / Happycall on medium-high heat.
3 Use a wooden spoon to combine the butter and sugar together, then add the sliced bananas.
4 Allow the bananas to bubble a bit, then flip them over one at a time. I did not flip my Happycall pan over this time. Cook until bananas are light brown.
5 Serve piping hot with the french toast!

Jessica Sinclair

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