Recipe – Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread In a Mug


Moist and delicious banana bread  infused with the flavor of sweet banana and the goodness of whole wheat and organic jaggery  is not just nutritious  but also simple to put together. It is also the best way to use the over ripe bananas unless of course you blend them into a smoothie. You do not need a fancy mix for this fluffy bread. I usually bake it in the oven but the idea of a single serve banana bread cake in a mug is super awesome and a must try.

One can use Finger Millet instead of wheat or even almond flour and voila! you have a gluten free banana bread. I used organic jaggery granules, a healthier option than refined sugar. Now, we all know the benefits of all these ingredients so I won’t go into that here. Don’t be shy to ask mother Google. 🙂

You can add your choice of nuts (walnuts pair best with bananas). I have used sun dried blackberries instead of raisins/sultanas in this recipe. Just a handful. Some people add chocolate chips too but I do not not like to mix the two strong flavours. I feel chocolate masks banana’s delicate flavor.

So let us fill the warmth of holiday cheer in the house and start making this wonder bread in a mug.  Yes, you can whip up this goodness in just a bowl or directly into the microwave safe mug.

 

Ingredients :

1 over ripe banana ( 3 full tablespoons of mashed banana approx)

3 tablespoon organic jaggery granules

3 tablespoon whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 medium size egg

pure vanilla –  few drops

A pinch of salt

2 pinches of fresh cinnamon powder

choice of nuts/raisins/berries/chocolate chips etc (all optional)

Method :

Dry roast the flour on low heat till it gives a roasted aroma and the wheat turns light brown in color. ( this is optional step. You can use the wheat flour without roasting too but this step makes the bread more flavorful)

Mash an over ripe banana and dry roast the nuts you are using. Crush them a little.

Mix together , wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt in a bowl.

Add a lightly beaten egg, mashed banana, roasted crushed nuts, raisins/berries/sultanas, vanilla, jaggery and mix well with a fork or small whisk. Make sure that the jaggery melts. You can keep the mashed banana chunky or smooth as per your liking.

Now take a microwave safe mug and spray it with some cooking oil or just rub a little butter to grease the mug.

Spoon the batter into the mug and tap it gently on the counter. Add some roasted crushed walnuts and dried berries / raisins on top.

Place the mug on a saucer and into the microwave for 90 seconds. Keep the mug in the center of the microwave plate. You will see the bread rise as it bakes.

Check by inserting a tooth pick if the bread is done. If not give a few more seconds. The time may vary depending on the microwave and the mug you are using. It is tough to standardize these recipes.  you will get the hang of it. Don’t overcook. Check after a minute.

Be careful as the mug bread will be hot at the surface. Let it rest for a few seconds. I know it will be tough not to dig in as the aroma is truly tempting. 🙂

You can replace the jaggery with brown sugar or white sugar but the consistency may differ. Same with the use of flour.

Double the quantity if you want to share it with someone special.

 

Top it with sifted confectioner’s sugar, have it with a dollop of rich coffee ice cream or just enjoy the sweet banana infused wonder as it is.

Check out my other microwave mug cake recipes.

They are super quick and sumptuous.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe – Pudding In A Mug


A warmly spiced, dense bread pudding in a mug is all you need to satisfy winter afternoon sweet cravings. I love the classic bread pudding though these days I make various versions of it with different flavours. A ninety minutes oven baked recipe that was part of my growing up has become a two minute wonder since the microwave came into our lives. Although the  pudding tastes exactly like the baked one somewhere my old-fashioned self still prefers the slow release of fragrances drifting from the kitchen.

Classic Bread Pudding | Chocolate Bread Pudding | Applesauce Bread Pudding

Pudding in mug is a boon for those who either don’t have the time to bake or don’t have the facility. I have tried the steamed version also and it is equally good.

I remember as a child mom would make a quick fix called ‘mumum’ – a simple gruel of toasted bread cooked in milk with sugar, sprinkled with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg powders. We would dig into it with great pleasure. Slowly that mushy warm sweet got a makeover with eggs, raisins, vanilla and other flavours and became a much sought after dessert. Cakes were all fine and dandy but bread pudding was a dessert with a soul. Something that smelt of ‘home’.

Since last few days I have been spending my free time indulging in mug cakes and puddings. There are so many variations that one can make but here are three of my favourites.

A delicious bread pudding with apple sauce topped with some fragrant apple-spice to satiate your craving for both apple pie mix and pudding. A double bonanza.

Another with Irish chocolate chunks and dry fruits. One can use any chocolate and also soak in raisins in bourbon whiskey to make it a tipsy pudding.

The third is a Classic Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with walnut, raisins, spices and vanilla.

These mug puddings certainly bring on a nostalgia like nothing else and are the ultimate comfort food that can be made in a jiffy with simple ingredients from your kitchen.

You can always experiment with the old fashioned one by adding dried berries, sultanas, orange peel julienne, lemon zest , lemon or orange extracts or any other flavours that you like. There is no set rule for a delightful pudding in a mug.

Preparing The Pudding In A Mug

The Magical Microwave

For an Old Fashioned Bread Pudding in mug you need:

Ingredients – 2 slices of bread ( stale is better. Use any bread of your choice. I used the white bread.)  1 medium egg, pinch of cinnamon powder, pinch of nutmeg powder, pure vanilla or vanilla essence 1/4 tsp (optional) . handful of sultanas/raisins walnuts, sugar- 2 tablespoons, milk – 2 tablespoons( 1/3 cup), 1 tablespoon butter. And a microwave friendly Mug.

Method – Lightly grease the mug with some oil. Cut the bread slices into squares and line them in the mug. Layer them with  the dry fruits of your choice (I used raisins and crushed walnuts) . Fill the mug till 3/4.

Now,  whisk an egg with sugar will creamy. Make sure the sugar dissolves completely, add milk, spice mix and vanilla and stir till everything is homogeneously combined. Pour this custard sauce over the bread cubes till the top. Sprinkle some more spice mix and toss a few raisins. Let it soak for a minute or two, pat some butter on top and then put the mug in the center of the microwave plate. Cook uncovered on high for 90 seconds. ( The microwave time may vary a little depending on the voltage. Check to see if there is any liquid left. If yes, then cook again for 30 second burst (10 sec each) till the custard is fully set. If you see the pudding rising up in the mug then it is done.

Take out and eat warm with your favorite topping of whipped cream /maple or golden syrup. I prefer the pudding plain.

For the Applesauce Bread Pudding variation just add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce and apple-pie spice mix to the the basic recipe. Layer it in the middle of bread cubes. You can alternately add small cubes of apple too. Garnish the top of the pudding with some more cubes of the fruit sprinkled with apple pie spice mix. For this I caramelize the apple. It gives a unique flavour to the pudding. You can alternately use pear cubes too but I prefer apple bread combo. Pear tastes best in mug cakes.

The apple pie spice mix has cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger, all spice. cloves and a dash of cardamom (optional) I don’t like cardamom in it.

For the Chocolate Bread Pudding in a mug – add cubed bread, broken chocolate pieces ( use dark chocolate for best results. (I used Irish whisky chocolate ), some cinnamon. In a bowl mix milk, egg, vanilla with a fork. Pour the custard mixture on top of the bread cubes. Throw in some raisins. Let it rest for one minute and add a dab of butter. Microwave it for 90 sec or till the custard is set. Pour some chocolate sauce or salted caramel sauce over the pudding before eating. I did not use the caramel sauce in this as the chocolate flavour was intense. Instead, I used it in the classic pudding in a bowl which I made from rest of the leftover bread.

The Coffee Cinnamon and Raisin eggless  bread pudding 

 

This version has no eggs. I used the full cream milk with the top cream which was perhaps 2 tablespoon for one mug cake. 1/4 teaspoon of Nescafe and a pinch or two of cinnamon plus a handful of raisins. Method of preparation is the same.

Classic Pudding with caramel sauce in bowl. Just for the road.

One For The Road

TIPS- 

(You can use white granulated sugar, muscovado sugar, light or dark brown sugar, toned or full cream milk and any bread of your choice. The french breads taste best)

You can add fruits like apple, pear etc to the basic pudding like I did in a few. They taste yum. Chocolate chunks too make it heavenly. Soak the raisins/sultanas/dried berries in milk or whiskey so they become plump and nice. Dry ones are good too but the swollen ones taste better.

Use the sign of the pudding crawl out up to  at least 1/2 inch  outside the mug to know the dish is done perfectly.

Never be afraid to fill the mug till top and things settle down a lot once the bread soaks the liquid. I fill the usual coffee mug a little above 3/4.

Do adjust the cooking time according to your microwave type and bread type. Usually for me it takes about 90 sec to 2 minutes.

Use wide mugs if possible bu taller ones also work fine.

Enjoy these bread puddings and share your versions with me.