Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Making Banana Raisin Bread with Bread Maker

You may think I am crazy for baking bread and posting the bread recipes three times in a row in the past few days... But I think I am just too overjoyed with my new toy.

Last night at round 7.30pm, I decided to make bread with my bread maker using some ripe bananas in my kitchen. I planned to put some walnut in the bread but sadly, my husband could not find any walnut in the small supermarket near his office - and we resorted to raisins.

First trial on making Banana & Raisin Bread.

This is the recipe of Banana and Raisin Bread that I made last night.

Banana and Raisin Bread 

Ingredients:

140gr Ripe bananas, mashed
65ml Fresh milk
1tbs Condensed milk
1 Egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp Banana essence
300gr Bread Flour
15gr or 1 tbs Unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature
3 tbs Sugar or brown sugar
2gr Salt
1 tsp Yeast
50gr Raisins or chopped walnuts (you can put more if you want to)

Tutorial:
  1. Double boil or heat fresh milk and condensed milk in a heat-resistant bowl until lukewarm.
  2. As per the general bread maker function: Place fresh milk, condensed milk, mashed bananas, beaten egg, banana essence, sugar and salt first in the bread maker.
  3. Pour the bread flour then make a small hole in the flour.
  4. Put the yeast in the flour hole (make sure the yeast is not in contact with the liquid ingredients before kneading).
  5. Turn your bread machine on (I use the basic program).
  6. Once the machine starts kneading and all ingredients now has form a dough, put the butter or margarine in.
  7. Add more flour to the dough if needed. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour until the dough is elastic.
  8. When your machine starts kneading for the second one, add the raisins or walnuts into the dough.
  9. Let your machine do the rest until the bread is completely baked.

After we sliced the bread.

This banana and raisin bread was yummy and soft. My husband said it was nice but I personally felt that the bread's banana flavour was not strong enough because I didn't put any banana extract into the machine (since I didn't have any). 

Anyway, make sure you use very ripe bananas for making bread or cakes. I usually use up bananas which already have lots of black/brown patches on their skin.

Also, I would not recommend baking bread at night unless you don't need to wake up early in the next morning. Making the bread itself already takes 3-3.5 hours including preparation. Then, you'd still have to wait the bread to cool completely before you can store the bread in a container. Cooling the bread takes about another 1-1.5 hours. Only after you already store the bread safely and nicely, you can go to bed without worry. Imagine if you make your bread at 8pm - that means you can only sleep after midnight. Zzzz.

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