Banana bread

Banana bread

This recipe comes directly from Canada , and I thank Lorena for the tip.
I have developed a sort of aversion for cakes based on bananas, but I must say this recipe satisfied me, at last!
Besides it’s ridiculously easy and it is a good alternative for breakfast. The ingredients are few:
3 ripe bananas
76 gr melted butter
292 gr flour
220 gr brown sugar
cinammon and nutmeg (to your taste)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon baking powder

Put in a bow the squashed bananas (it’s also good to calm your nerves!), the sugar and the butter. Whisk well then add the egg, the vanilla and the baking powder. then add the cinammon and the nutmeg to your taste (I don’t like nutmeg, I just used cinammon, one teaspoon approximately). Whisk again and then incorporate the flour little by little.
Pur the dough in a baking pan covered with greaseproof paper and bake from 45 minutes to an hour approximately. Check well using a toothpick, as the baking times depends on how moist the bananas are (this time it took more than an hour, after 45 minutes the dough was still partially raw).

If you want to try this recipe, send me the pic of your final result in the comments below.

Glutenfree cookies

Glutenfree cookies

After a while I’m back into my glutenfree cooking with these biscuits, whose recipe is quite traditional (you can find the ordinary version on the Il Cucchiaio D’Argento website). I had it changed a little because I wanted to use the glutenfree Mix C by Schaer, and I wanted them to be lighter (no butter in this version). Of course you can add butter, and in this case the proportion is Always 80/100 (i.e. 80 grams of oil for 100 grams of butter):

280 gr Mix C flour
75 gr brown sugar
100 gr vegetable oil
80 gr cold water acqua almeno ambiente (non calda o tiepida comunque)
the zest of half a lemon
half teaspoon of baking soda
a pinch of salt
icing sugar for decoration

Put all the dry elements into a bowl, plus the lemon zest, and whisk, then add the oil. Whisk again until everything is amalgamated and then add the water in small quantities. The water should make the dough soft and relatively crumbly. So pay attention to this passage, if you use too much water you may end up having a sticky dough instead.
Put the dough into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes in wrapping film (form a ball).
Once the time has passed, gently knead again for a few minutes and then using a rolling pin roll the dough out (about half centimeter thick).
Use the dough cutter you prefer to cut the biscuits, then put them on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about ten minutes.
Once they’ve cooled down, cover them with icing sugar.
You may want to cover them with chocolate (in this case melt the chocolate bar into the microwave and then dip the cookies into it) or use the jam the way I did in the picture above.
These cookies are delicious with tea.
…….. and they’re fit for vegans too!

Vegan muffins with carrots and nuts

Vegan muffins with carrots and nuts

Yesterday was World Vegan Day, so I thought to celebrate it with those who embraced this lifestyle I am so curious about.
Last Tuesday I had a delicious vegan dinner prepared by Chiara Canzian, a young and talented vegan and vegetarian chef, to whom I promised (well I threatened her for what matters) to steal a few of her recipies. So I think the day is just the one to start this stealing.
You may want to visit her blog
This recipe is not on her blog yet, you can find it on the book she wrote with her dad Red Canzian (he’s the bass player of the most famous and longlasting Italian pop group), called “Sano Vegano Italiano” (ed. Rizzoli). I write it down here for you, in her version (as I made some small adjustments, as I always do)
300 gr wholemeal flour
200 gr brown sugar
200 gr soy milk (I used Almond milk)
8 gr cream of tartar
8 gr baking soda
150 gr nuts (weight them without shell)
150 gr carrots
80 gr sunflower oil
a pinch of cinammon
As first thing, mince the carrots and the nuts in a blender (the carrots must be cleaned beforehand).
Then take a bowl and whisk together oil, milk and sugar.
In another bowl mix the baking powders and the cinammon with the flour.
Then start pouring little by little the mixture of liquids into the flour, and whisk it well to avoid lumps. After you have incorporated the entire liquids, mix the carrots and nuts, and whisk everything until the dough is smooth and without lumps.
Put the dough into the fluted baking cases and then bake them into a ventilated oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Once they’ve cooled dowm, sprinkle some icing sugar.
Tasty and easy to make!

Nutella and pear sweet dumplings

Nutella and pear sweet dumplings

Pears and Nutella – a classic combo! This recipe’s really easy and it helps me out any time I run out of biscuits for breakfast. The dumplings are not so sweet after all, I avoid using too much sugar whenever I also use Nutella. It’s up to you obviously, but the biscuit with such a mild taste will exalt the filling. And it’s so good for your guilt feelings that you may do without sugar in the dough for once…
So, get yourself
130 gr flour
50 gr water
40 gr sunflower oil
1 egg
1 white egg
1 pear
Put the flour in a bowl and add the water. Whisk it and then also add the oil. Keep on whisking. After but an egg into the bowl (well, if you really want… a spoonful of sugar as well..). as the dole becomes thicker start kneading it until it becomes solid enough to roll it into a small ball. Wrap it with film and put it into the fridge for half an hour. In the meantime, peel and cut the pear in very small pieces (switch on the radio if you like, it’s relaxing).
After thirty minutes take the dough out of the fridge, roll it out with the help of a rolling pin and cut several circles (you may use a glass). Put some Nutella in the centre (half a teaspoon), then a few bits of pear, and then fold it in the shape of a dumpling. Close firmly with the fingers and then with the prong of a fork.
Put the dumplings on a tray, and then into the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
You may sprinkle them with icing sugar, if you like it.
If you decide to replicate the recipe, send me your pics!

Vegan carrot cake

Vegan carrot cake

I am not vegan, I am not vegetarian. But I love to experiment. I found this recipe in a magazine and I wanted to try it. Besides, I have this thing with wholemeal flour – whwnever I use it, something goes wrong. But I keep on trying, hopefully one day the fate will me in my favour!
The cake is not difficult at all. The ingredients are somehow many though. I did not find coconut oil, so I used vegetable oil. Probably it lacks some taste, but it’s quite peculiar anyway.
The banana frosting gives it a kick too, so it was a surprising experiment after all.
And it’s 100% vegan!
300 gr carrots
300 gr wholemeal flour
200 gr brown sugar
2 dl apple juice
1 teaspoon of freshly grounded ginger
5-6 spoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Peel the carrtos and then put them in bits in a mixer. Blend them. In a bowl put the flour, the sugar, the baking soda, the ginger, the apple juice, the oil and the lemon. Once it is all well amalgamated, add the carrots and whisk again. Put the mixture in a mold (24 cm diameter) covered with baking paper (better moist the paper and squeeze it first). Bake it for about 20 minutes in the oven preheated at 180 degrees – you’d better check the cake, I had to leave it a bit longer because it was still raw.
Whilst it cools down, you may prepare the banana frosting with
3 bananas
5/6 spoons of maple syrup
4/5 spoons of coconut oil
5/6 spoons of cold coconut milk
cinammon
Put the bananas in a mixer and whisk them with the syrup, the coconut oil and milk, and a teaspoon of grounded cinammon. Put the frosting onto the top of the cake, and decorate it with a julienne carrot.

Wholemeal flour and honey cookies

Wholemeal flour and honey cookies

I often happen to open a jar of honey, during the winter months especially to cure hoarseness and sore throat. Then I leave them open for weeks, even months, and I always end up throwing it all away. 

As I loathe throwing the food in the bin, with the remains of a jar of honey and of the  wholemeal flour I used to bake the cinnamon bread (you will find the pic on my Instagram account, I will in short post the recipe too in this blog), I bake these delicious cookies with honey, perfect for tea and for the first autumn mornings. They’re awfully simple too. 

90 gr of honey 

45 ml of oil (I used sunflower oil) 

1 egg 

250 gr of wholemeal flour 

1 teaspoon of baking powder 

50 gr of candied orange peel (if you can’t find it, the peel of one orange will do) 

Mix in a bowl the egg with the honey and the oil. When these ingredients are all mixed, add the flour and the baking powder little by little (we want to avoid unpleasant lumps). Last but not least the peel. Mix everything together until you get a homogeneous and soft consistency. 

Form little balls from dough and put them on a baking tray, covered with greaseproof paper. Before putting them in the oven, slightly press the dough balls with the palm of your hand. You may want to decorate them – anything you like. I just pressed the prongs of a fork to draw a stylized ear (not such a work of art!). 

Put in the oven at 160 degrees for 16 minutes and serve them only at room temperature. 

Enjoy!