Breads

Bananarama [Cake]

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Adapted from Butter Yum’s recipe

Makes one 8×8-inch pan (double recipe for a 9×13 pan)

Ingredients [Cake]:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I substituted this with 1 x 200g tub Jalna Greek yogurt + juice 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup mashed super ripe banana (about 2 regular ones – I used 3 lady fingers).
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Ingredients [Frosting]:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste* (I used vanilla essence because I had none :()
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Directions [cake (easily mixed by hand)]:

1. Preheat the oven to 375F (190.5C) (see note below).

2. Mash bananas and set aside.

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3. Cream together sugar, sour cream, egg, and 2 tablespoons softened butter.

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4. Add mashed bananas and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

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5. Add flour, salt, and baking soda; mix well.

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6. Pour into pan or cupcake/muffin tray that is greased/lined with baking paper.

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7. Bake at 375F (190.5C) for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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8. Cool completely before frosting.

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Directions [frosting]:

1. Cream butter and confectioner’s sugar together until smooth.

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2. Slowly add the heavy cream; stir until smooth.

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3. Stir in the vanilla bean paste until fully incorporated. (I used vanilla essence.)

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4. Spread on cooled cake or serve with warm cake.

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Note – Bake at 350F if using a glass pan.  Recipe doubles well to fit in a 9×13 pan.

*Here’s the general rule for substituting vanilla: 1 vanilla bean = 1 tablespoon vanilla powder = 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste = 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract.


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Bulgogi + Cheese Gozleme

The BEST of Korea and Turkey! XD

Adapted from Phoodie’s Spinach and Feta Gozleme recipe

MAKES 4 (1 per person is a light lunch)

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Ingredients [Gozleme Dough]:

  • 2 cups (250g) Self-raising flour
  • 220g full fat natural greek yoghurt OR 2 tubs of Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt (170g each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Extra flour for dusting
  • Later – oil of your choice

Ingredients [Bulgogi + Cheese filling]:

  • Canola oil spray
  • 1 cup spring onions (diced)
  • 3 cups Marinated Bulgogi (I used Costco’s but Woolworths is fine too!)
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella
  • *Optional BUT recommended – > Lemon Wedges (to serve)

Directions [Gozleme Dough]:

1. Place yoghurt in a bowl.

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2. Whisk it up with a fork so that it becomes “flat”, add salt and mix some more.

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3. Slowly add the flour, whilst stirring at the same time until it combines to yield a firm and only ever so slightly sticky dough.

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4. Once combined, knead on a surface lightly dusted in flour and then form into a ball.

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5. Place in a bowl and cover with cling film, Leave to rest for 15 minutes.

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6. After 15 minutes, take it out of the bowl and cut it into four quarters.

7. One at a time, roll out the dough quarters. You want to get it paper thin, thin to the point that it is ALMOST see through.

*Tip: When rolling dough out, be sure to flour both sides so that the dough doesn’t stick to the rolling pin OR the table. Another good thing to do is oil your hands by wearing kitchen gloves and spraying a bit of non-stick cooking spray onto them and then massaging the oil in so that your ‘hands’ are essentially non-stick! 

Directions [Bulgogi + Cheese Gozleme]:

1. Stir-fry the marinated bulgogi with the canola oil or whatever oil of your choice (i.e. coconut or olive) until cooked through.

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2. Stir in the spring onion and set aside to cool.

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3. Add about one large handful of the cooked bulgogi and spring onion mixture to the dough should have been rolled out (step 7 above).

4. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

5. Fold over and seal edges using the end of a fork, or just your fingers is fine.

6. Slam the little baby into a hot, oiled pan (I used the oil from my marinated feta but olive is just as good).

7. Flip it when golden and cook the other side.

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8. Cut with a pizza cutter, kitchen scissors or knife and serve with lemon wedges!

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My mum is always the first in line to taste-test!

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Tradtional Turkish Pancake

Alternative fillings:

Beef Filling:

  • 400 grams beef mince
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Peri-Peri Chicken Filling:

  • 400 grams shredded chicken seasoned w/ peri-peri sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup continental parsley/spinach
  • 1 cup crumbed feta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Italian Filling:

  • 200g salami
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes OR jalapenos
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup cooked leek OR spinach OR some vegetable of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cornbread w/ Whipped Honey Butter

Adapted from Cooking Classy’s recipe

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

Cornbread:

  • 1 cup cornmeal (Polenta)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Whipped honey butter for serving, recipe follows

Whipped Honey Butter:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Cornbread:

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal and buttermilk until well blended, allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.

4. Add melted butter, applesauce, honey and sugar to cornmeal mixture and whisk until well combine. Stir in eggs. Stir in dry ingredients and whisk just until combine and no longer lumpy.

Apple Sauce

Apple Sauce

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5. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 dish and bake 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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6. Cool about 5 minutes before slicing.

7. Serve with whipped honey butter.

Whipped Honey Butter:

1. In a mixing bowl,using an electric mixer, whip together all ingredients until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.

*Alternate method: add in a bit of cinnamon and hint nutmeg for a delicious spiced version.

Yay for corn of all types!