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banana oat quick bread (on my new background)

After baking several loaf of banana bread over the past year, I was open to any variation to the basic recipe and I am glad I found this on http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeid=50653 and tweaked it a bit to suit the availability of ingredients and the result was delicious.


you will need:

dry:
* 1 1/4 cup bread flour
* 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 cup old-fashioned uncooked oats
* 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

mix all the dry ingredients and let the flour aerate

wet:
* 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg beaten until fluffy
* 1/2 cup brown sugar (adjust according to desired sweetness; you an always substitute an extra banana for the sugar)
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 4 tbsp of oil
* 3 ripe mashed banana

optional:
* chopped walnuts (1/4 cup)

make it:
1) Mix all the wet items and gently combine the dry ingredients into the liquids; once everything is mixed, add the walnuts
2) Pre heat the oven to 350 and butter a loaf pan
3) Pour the batter to the pan and let it bake for 40-45 minutes.

note: If the crust appears to get brown sooner like after the first 20 mins, cover the top with an aluminum foil and reduce the heat to 325. You can bake an additional 10 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let it cool and slice.

Notice anything different with the photo of the bread? yep, I made a new lighter background which is pretty elementary, nothing too fancy.

The camera and lens that I have are fairly decent, but my food photos are not really what I always wanted to look like.  So one step at a time, my first goal was to fix the background, and thanks to all those amazing bloggers who have experimented and shared their techniques online.

you will need:

1) wooden board or sticks (you can either pick up smaller plank bundle and start arranging them whichever way you like).  I personally prefer the planks to be somewhere from 4″ to 5″ wide, so I could avoid gluing a several pieces of wood and fear it falling apart every time I move it.

For this one, I bought a 6 foot by 5.5 inch wide plank that cost about $6.25 and I had it cut into 3 pieces each 2 ft long.

2) wood glue

3) small can of paint of your choice

4) a paint brush or a small paint roller

make it:

1) Start applying glue to the sides of two of the planks, stand them vertically and press one over the other.   Repeat the same for the third one.  Let it dry for at least an hour

2) Set the whole thing flat and start painting. I applied 2 coats and let it dry for 1 hour and this is what I have.

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Flax banana nut muffins

A super easy way to use overripe bananas and incorporate a good amount of nutrition to it is to make these banana flax muffins.


You will need:

Wet:
2 ripe bananas mashed well
1/4 cup of flax seed meal
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 egg
3 tbsp of milk
1/2 cup of brown sugar ( or white sugar, adjust according to desired sweetness)
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 tsp of powdered cinnamon

Dry:
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup of unbleached bread flour
1/2 cup of unbleached whole wheat flour

* To add a little nut flavor, add 1/4 cup of walnuts

Steps:
1) Mix all the wet ingredients and dry ones separately, and then slowly add the dry ones to the wet ones stirring gently until all the dry ingredients are well incorporated. Finally mix in the walnuts
2) Pour about 1/2 cup of batter to the muffin pans and bake for 25 mins at 350C

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