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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

What is quickbread?

What is Quick bread'?
Wikipedia describes quick bread as an American term used to describe a type of bread which is leavened with leavening agents other than.yeast.

Examples of quick breads:
Many cakes, brownies, cookies, fruit breads like banana bread, corn bread, muffins, scones, pancakes and many more.

History:
 Quick breads probably originated from the United States of America at the end of the eighteenth century. Before that, baked goods were leavened with either yeast or by mixing dough with eggs. During the American Civil War, demand for food rose and bread was therefore rapidly made and leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. That was how the name came to be - "quick breads"

My story:
I fell in love with the art of baking in my freshman year of high school. I took a "Creative Cooking" class with a wonderful and quirky teacher called Ms. Minadeo, I have been baking ever since. It is such a passion that it has driven me to work hard towards owning a bakery of my own in the near future. For now, I will be sharing some of my personal favorite recipes and pictures (of course), as well as wonderful bakeries or pastry shops that I encounter - in Kenya - with delicious pastries, as I continue in this great journey of baking ^_^!!!

My feature recipe for today is my absolute favorite - Banana Bread, there are many variations of the banana bread, I will share my own tweaked version (I usually have to tweak the original recipes to suit Kenyan ingredients sometimes).

Mo's Banana Bread
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Margarine
2 Ripe Bananas
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1 cup All-purpose Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
2 Tablespoons Milk
(Optional) 1/8 cup peanuts - chopped
Directions:
-Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (as for me, I use a mini-oven so I set to 190 degrees Celsius)
-Grease and flour a small loaf pan.
-In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together flour and baking powder.
-Cream the sugar and margarine in a large mixing bowl until fluffy.
-Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears. If adding nuts, fold them into the batter with a wooden spoon.
-Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for atleast 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove pan and set aside to cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.
I can't make just one, three will do :)


Enjoy your bread ^_^

7 comments:

  1. I personally can boast having tasted "Mo's Bakery" original delights more than once and you my dear, have a talent.
    I wish you all the best in your endeavour to create what could possibly be the next big bread and cake house in Kenya. Your treats have that home-made "Just-like-mom-used-to-make-them" quality that is just not there in the stuff you find in stores nowadays.Can't wait till you have a full-fledged bakery so you can show them how its done. You definitely have a lifetime customer in me. By the way can I place an order here or is there another way?

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  2. Thanks ^_^ you're the best and since you're a life time customer, I'm going to delivery you're bread soon ^_^ Thanks for the support

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  3. Personally, I love when she bakes Lemon drizzle, can't get enough of that stuff. All you out there, Momo's going to be baking under the name Amari Quick Breads. Look out for us, and we look forward to seeing you so you can taste more of this awesome bread treats >_<

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  4. Hi do u have wilton nozzles?

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  5. Hi, we don't sell nozzles but you can check at Walibhai Karim on Biashara Street, they may not sell Wilton nozzles but they have good quality ones. HOwever, they sometimes have wilton products you can always ask them about it. Hope that helps, thanks.

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  6. How much do you sell one bread and how do you deliberate on the price? Am aspiring to start baking and banana bread in particular.

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  7. Hello, our Banana bread is 150/-. To get your costs, quantify the costs of ingredients and packaging required to make the loaf, then also quantify your daily or monthly expenses and include them and then add the percentage of profit that you would like to gain and add it. Expenses would be i.e. (labor, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses)

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