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Sunday, January 23, 2011

A mouthful of Banana Walnut Raisin bread

I had a curious incident of buying this pack of F&N low fat milk which tasted of vanilla. After careful examination of the box, I could not find special ingredient that led to its unique taste. Now my daughter, who grows up on regular fresh milk, would have no part of it and so, I am left stranded with this milk that touts itself to be low fat, high calcium with an unfamiliar vanilla flavor.

It is against housewife policy to discard good food just like that. After much pondering, I decided that the milk is most useful to be recycled into a bread. So here it is - a long winded banana walnut raisin bread ( whew ! Good thing that's only 3 ingredients ), made by a bread machine. To use up more of the milk, I made a double-portion bread that is so big it almost touched the window of the bread machine. So fear not, if you see a mighty dough after one hour.  The banana overrides the vanilla flavor so  now life is now back to normal.

Portions below makes one mighty loaf :

Roux :
30 g bread flour
150 ml vanilla milk

Bread components :
400 g bread flour
100 g whole meal flour
50 g sugar
50 g soyalite oil
1 handful chopped walnuts
1 handful raisins
10 g pink salt
11 g dry yeast

1 banana and enough milk to make up 220 ml

Cook roux ingredients of flour and milk in a pot over  low medium heat. Stir constantly until it reaches 65 C. Remove pot from heat immediately, stirring. Leave to cool.

In a bread machine, pour in items listed under bread components, including the cup of banana-milk. Add roux. Put to dough cycle.

Upon end of dough cycle, remove dough onto a floured surface and punch out the air pockets in the dough.  Remove bread machine stirrer.

Transfer bread dough back to retainer and place it back to the bread machine, turning the machine OFF. Set a kitchen  timer for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, turn ON the bread machine. Set to bake mode.

A lovely loaf of banana walnut raisin milk bread will be ready in an hour's time. Cool bread thoroughly before consuming it. The smell of banana and bread will linger longer than most breads so be prepared to be tempted !

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