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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Tangy Banana Smoothie

After writing about our favorite beverages the other day, I thought I should start sharing some of my recipes for home-made beverages. For today, I'm going to share a smoothie recipe that I generally make mostly because it has ingredients that are very easily accessible (hint-we use them on our fruit breads) and easy to use. Try it out:

Tangy Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

- 9 pcs Ripe Bananas (Regular size)
- 2 pcs Oranges-Med. (Squeezed for juice)
- 1/8 cup Honey
- 1 cup Water

Directions: 

1.) Peel and slice the ripe bananas into pieces.
Sliced Ripe bananas
2.) Squeeze the oranges for juice and set aside.
Sliced oranges
 
3.) In a blender; put in the Ripe bananas, fresh-squeezed orange juice, honey and water. 
Honey

Blend for about 3-5 minutes.
Blended smoothie

4.) Serve. Makes 3-4 glasses.
Tangy Banana Smoothie ^_^

Enjoy!!

Do you like smoothies? If you like any other recipes, share with us ^_^!!!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Delicious Sugar Cookies Recipe

I made some sugar cookies and shared the picture on our Facebook page and lots of people loved it, so I've decided to share the recipe! Indulge in this sinfully delicious sugar cookies.
Sugar Cookies!!

Ingredients:

- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 3/4 cup Margarine
- 1 Egg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- Icing (recipe below)

Directions:

1.) In a bowl, cream sugar and margarine; then mix in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder.
2.) Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture until well blended; then cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.
3.) Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease and flour two baking sheets and set aside.
4.) Divide the chilled dough in half and roll it out on a lightly floured cloth to a 1/4 inch thickness.
Sugar cookie dough
5.) Cut the dough with a floured cookie cutter and transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets
Raw cookie cut-outs

 and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Baked cookies
6.) Remove from oven and let cool for at least 4 minutes, then use a spatula and place cookies on a cooling rack to cool. Glaze the cookies with the icing and let them dry. Makes 24 cookies.
Serve and enjoy.
Slice of happiness!!

Icing Recipe

- 1 cup Confectioner's (Icing) Sugar
- 1/8 cup Milk
- Food coloring, optional

Directions:

1.) In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and milk and beat at a low speed until blended. Separate into bowls and add food coloring, if desired.
2.) Glaze the cookies.



Thursday, 19 April 2012

6 beverages that go very well with our fruit breads in Nairobi

I was recently sipping some herbal tea while enjoying one of our wonderful fruit breads, a slice of Orange bread and having a very quiet enjoyable moment. So I decided to share some beverage ideas that go very well with our quickbreads, hope it helps out ^_^

1.) COFFEE
Cup of coffee-black or white

We all love a cup of coffee, whether it's in the morning, break time or even in the evening. Try a slice of our Banana bread with some coffee and you'll be in heaven. You can have it black, with milk or even the instant coffee, it will definitely hit the spot!

2.) BLACK TEA
Black Tea

Another great beverage to have in the morning, one that is especially very popular in Kenya, is black tea. You can have it with milk or black (true tea as we call it - turungi for some, hehe). Enjoy any of our fruit breads with it and you'll have the greatest morning ever!
Black tea with milk

3.) HERBAL TEA

 For all you people out there eating healthy, you can enjoy a healthy fruit bread as well, have a slice of Brown Banana Bread while sipping on some herbal tea. My favorite is Chamomile tea or Green tea.
Chamomile tea

Another popular option I have observed is Lemon tea. Sip on it with our healthy brown Banana bread and have a healthy fresh start to your day!
Lemon tea


4.) ORANGE JULIUS
For all those who know what Orange Julius is, you'll understand when I say I love this drink. For all those who don't, it's a kind of smoothie, it's made of orange juice concentrate, milk, ice cubes and vanilla essence. It's simply delish. I've tried it with our Orange bread and it was curiously filling and very tasty! I have the recipe for Orange Julius below ^_^!
Orange Julius
5.) HOME-MADE FRUIT JUICE
Once in a while I love to make my own fruit juice at home, I'm sure some of you out there understand. You can make with any fruit you like, passion fruits, oranges, tangerines etc. This home-made juice also goes very well with any of our fruit breads. Try it out!
Home-made passion fruit juice
6.) WATER
 And last but not least, water! Man's best friend ^_^ Sometimes you just need to drink some water, whether hot, room temp or with ice cubes; believe it or not, it's good with our fruit breads. Don't believe me? Try it out and let me know, you'll be surprised.
simply water
 ORANGE JULIUS RECIPE

Ingredients:

11/2 cup Orange juice concentrate
1 cup Milk
1 cup Water
1/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
10 to 12 Ice Cubes

 Directions:
1.) In a blender, combine orange juice concentrate, milk, water, sugar and vanilla essence. Blend until smooth, then with blender running add the ice cubes one at a time until smooth. Serve immediately.
Yield: 4 - 5 servings.

Hope these ideas are helpful, if you have any other ideas, let me know ^_^ Enjoy!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Chocolate Cake with Frosting for any occasion!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Easter! We here at Amari Quickbreads Bakery decided to celebrate this Easter season with a very delicious chocolate cake with frosting, it was truly yummy! Since we're dedicated to being a bakery in Nairobi which loves to share the fun of home-baking, we're going to share the recipe, here you go:

Slices of Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

- 21/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 cup Margarine
- 2 Eggs
- 11/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350ºF, then grease and flour a large round cake pan. and set aside.
2.) Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a separate bowl.

sifted chocolate cake flour

3.) In another bowl, cream the sugar and margarine, then slowly add one egg at a time and mix til thoroughly blended. Add the vanilla and milk and blend.
4.) Slowly add the flour mixture alternately with the coffee and mix til thoroughly combined. Pour the batter


Chocolate cake batter
 into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes,or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5.) Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
6.) Place on a large plate or tray and frost the cake. For the buttercream frosting click on this link - Buttercream Frosting

Slice of chocolatey goodness!

Serve and enjoy ^_^!!

Do you have any cake recipes you love for occasions? Let us know.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Easter Hot Cross Cookies

Hope everyone is enjoying their Easter and in commemoration of this season, we've decided to share this recipe of Hot Cross Cookies (instead of the traditional Easter Hot Cross Buns ^_^) Here at Amari Quickbreads Bakery, we're a bakery in Nairobi that loves variety, so we've decided to change the tradition this time and share this cookie recipe. Hope you love it.

Hot Cross Cookies

Ingredients:

- 1 cup Margarine
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 100 gms Sultanas
- 200 gms White Chocolate Chips (or Dark Chocolate chips)

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 375 ºF, then grease and flour a baking sheet. In a large bowl, cream margarine, sugar and eggs until smooth. Sift in flour, cinnamon and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients slowly to make a dough. Fold in the sultanas and 100gm of white chocolate.

2.) Roll lumps of dough into balls the size of golf balls. Flatten these onto the baking sheet and leave a small space between each of them for expansion.

3.) Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cookies from the trays and cool on a cooling rack.

4.) Melt remaining white or dark chocolate in a microwave for a few minutes or using a double boiler. Using a piping bag or a teaspoon, drizzle a cross on top of each cookie. Leave to set before serving the cookies. These cookies can be stored in a cookie jar or container for upto 3 days.

Yummy Easter cookies!
 Enjoy the cookies and have a great Easter season ^_^!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Scrumdelicious Lemon Drizzle Cake!!

So I've had about two requests for my Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe, especially from people who have tasted mine and I've decided I'll share it with all of you. Maybe in the future I'll feature it in my menu when we get a shop somewhere, we're in the process of looking for one now, exciting! So here it is:

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzled cake

Ingredients:
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 1/3 cup Margarine
- 2 Lemons (Grate for rind and squeeze for juice)

For Lemon Glaze/Drizzle:
- Juice of 3 Lemons
- 1/4 cup Sugar

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease and flour 6" Round cake pan and set aside.
2.) Sift flour and baking powder into a separate bowl. In another bowl; cream sugar and margarine, then add the egg and blend until thoroughly mixed.
3.) Mix in the dry ingredients slowly and blend until well mixed. Fold lemon rind in and then pour batter into cake pan and put into oven.
4.) Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
5.) Meanwhile, combine the lemon juice of the 3 lemons and the 1/4 cup of sugar in a small bowl.
6.) When cake is baked, remove from oven and let cool for at least 3-5 minutes in cake pan. Remove from pan and let cool on a cooling rack. When you place cake on cooling rack, pour lemon glaze over the still hot cake then let it cool.

Serve and enjoy!!


Lemon drizzle slice- yummy!!
 Any other recipe you would like us to try out and share with you? Let us know ^_^!