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Quick Breads – DB Feb 2012 Challenge

The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

Here is my take for this month – savory Pizza Muffins which hubby loved a lot and a sweet Papaya bread which had me sniffing around the oven, waiting for the bread to finish baking.

Of course, all this happened on 27th evening and the bread got finished baking at around 10.30 PM. But at least, I had the satisfaction of finishing the challenge on time, though posting it in the blog is a different matter.

The pizza muffins were soft, fluffy and just perfect. I wish I had  made some pizza sauce to dunk these, but hubby was happy with ketch up itself. Though they are called Pizza Muffins, they don’t taste like pizza (not without the sauce anyway), but they were good and they got over in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Onion                                 :        1 medium, chopped fine
  • Tomatoes                         :        1-2, chopped
  • Capsicum                         :        1 small, chopped
  • AP Flour                           :        2 cups
  • Cheese                               :        1 cup
  • Salt                                      :        1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder               :        1 tbsp
  • Dried Italian Herbs      :        1 tsp
  • Olive Oil                            :        1 -2 tbsp
  • Egg                                      :        1, beaten
  • Water                                 :        1 cup

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tray.
  2. Finely chop the onions, tomatoes and capsicum. I added 1 tbsp of fresh fenugreek leaves too.
  3. Fry onion and capsicum till they are a bit soft. Take of the heat, add tomatoes, salt and herbs.
  4. Mix flour, baking powder and whisk. Add the cheese, veggies, egg and one cup of water. Mix everything until just combined.
  5. Spoon into the muffin pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Serve with pizza sauce or ketch up.

The papaya bread tasted very much like a banana bread, I couldn’t taste or smell papaya in it. I loved it a lot and so did my son. It was more like a sweet cake than a bread. Thanks Janet for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Sugar                               :       1 cup
  • Butter                              :       1/4 cup (I had only about 50 gms)
  • Eggs                                  :       2
  • Mashed Papaya           :       1 1/2 cups ( 3/4 th of a small papaya)
  • Walnuts                           :      1/4 cup
  • Raisins                             :      1/2 cup
  • AP Flour                         :      1 1/2 cups
  • Baking Powder             :      1/4 tsp
  • Baking Soda                   :      1 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder      :      1/2 tsp
  • Ground Ginger             :      1/2 tsp
  • All Spice Powder         :      1/2 tsp
  • Salt                                    :      1/4 tsp

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F/160C. Grease a loaf pan.
  2. Cream sugar and butter together, I used a wooden spoon for this. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy. Add the mashed papaya and mix.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a separate bowl and whisk together. Add the raisins and walnuts to this and mix.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and mix until everything is combined and there aren’t any dry lumps.
  5.  Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for an hour and ten minutes or until a skewer comes clean. I would suggest keeping an eye on the bread after it reaches the 50 minute mark.
  6. Slice and serve. Warm or cold, they taste fantastic.

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Spicy Egg Curry

Kiddo to me: “She Gabrio Namaha”

She? Gabrio? Namaha?

No way these three words can come together in a sentence.

“Its Sree Gurubhyo Namaha. Its Sanskrit and its a way to greet your teacher” informed my husband, fighting back the laughter.

‘No, its She Gabrio Namaha. Teacher Ma’am taught me.’ End of discussion, as far as my son is concerned.

No way we are going to contest or correct him on this. I guess the teacher will correct him one day or he will realize it on his own, but whatever be it, Gabrio Namaha is way more cuter than the original!

Time for Radhika’s Blog Hop Wednesday. This week I am paired with Riddhima of Culinary Vibes. This is my recreation of her rocking Spicy Egg Curry, Punjabi style.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs                                 :    4 or 5, hard boiled
  • Onion                              :    1 big, sliced
  • Tomato                          :    1 big, chopped roughly
  • Garlic                              :   4-5 pods, chopped
  • Chilli Powder               :   1/2 -1 tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder     :   1/4 tsp
  • Bay leaf                           :    1
  • Salt
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Hard boil the eggs. Once they are done, shell them and keep them aside.
  2. Heat about one tsp of oil in a pan, add the chopped onion and garlic. When the onion turns pink, add the tomatoes.
  3. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add half teaspoon of chilli powder, cinnamon powder and salt. If the curry dries out, add a little bit of water to prevent sticking to the pan. Cover and cook for 5 -10 minutes.
  4. Take off the heat and let it cool. Blend into a paste.
  5. Heat a tsp of butter or oil in the same pan. Add the bay leaf. Add the tomato paste and a cup of water and bring it to boil.
  6. Slice the eggs into two and add it to the gravy. Let it cook for 5 – 10 minutes, till the flavors blend nicely.
  7. Serve hot with rotis, paratha or rice.

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She Gabrio Namaha

I am off to the supermarket tomorrow to buy groceries and vegetables, so that I can cook something edible at home (so long curd rice and pickle, we have had enough of you!) and feed this blog too.

I was kind of on a ‘lazy break’, meaning only easy (curd rice), inedible(I don’t want to talk about it) or recycled (curd rice again) food for the past some days.

So please bear with me while I make a hundred trips to the store, each time forgetting something important and every time, picking something I never intended to buy. Hubby has offered his help to buy stuff tomorrow, he is that desperate.

So I will be here soon with a recipe and with more about ‘She Gabrio Namah’ – you definitely want to hear about this!

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