7.5.13

Plantain Oatmeal Bread with Walnuts & Strawberry Jam

The other day I spotted plantain at the local grocery store. Excited at the prospect of making some plantain chips I picked up a packet and the following day tried baking chips. Oh God ! that was such a mistake ! With my first batch coming out of the oven I realized that things weren't going so well so readjusting the oven temperatures i put in the next batch. only to realize minutes later that  certain savories are best enjoyed when dipped in copious amounts of sin.  else you end up chewing leathery chips rather than crunching them. so i left the rest of the plantains just like that planning to come back to them in a few days. and when days rolled to weeks the plantains became too ripe for chips and had to be used up in other recipes.  and since it was my bread-baking day i decided to use one of them in place of banana in Banana Oatmeal Bread while i saved the other for a recipe i had bookmarked. 

Last Saturday, following the recipe from Beth Hensperger's Cookbook The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, I had made the Banana Oatmeal Bread with Macadamia Nuts(Pg 444).  We really enjoyed that bread. so I naturally turned to that recipe for the Plantain Bread. I made a few minor changes here and there keeping the basic recipe intact. however I would like to mention here that when baking the bread with plantain it is fine if one uses less yeast because this loaf swelled up a lot more in comparison to the banana bread and therefore that noticeable dip that you can see in the picture below.  This is a sweet loaf and its slices are best enjoyed when microwaved for 20 seconds and served with butter or jam. We tried it in cheese sandwich too, but that didn't work so well. so essentially this is a breakfast bread.. 

and since we were at the breakfast table i thought i'll share my jam recipe as well. Its a strawberry jam that i made last week using Ina Garten's recipe as a guideline.. I used jaggery instead of sugar and a hint of salt . and that kind of signatured a Grandma's Home-made  label on the Jam :) 

 i now the recipes....

Plantain Oatmeal Bread with Walnuts 
ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 bread machine yeast
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
what i did
I made the entire loaf in the bread machine. So I simply put all the ingredients expect the walnuts in the machine pan. set the crust on medium and programmed it for the Sweet Bread. and when the machine beeped i put in the walnuts. at this point the dough looked really sticky. so i scraped off the sides and let the cycle finish. at the end of the cycle i removed the loaf from the pan and allowed it to cool completely before cutting the first slice...

Strawberry Jam
Strawberry Jam adapted from Ina Garten's recipe.
ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Jaggery
  • juice and zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 pound minus 3 strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt
what i did
i put the lemon juice and zest along with the jaggery in a saucepan and cooked this  over medium-low heat till the block of jaggery liquefied. I then added the strawberries and continued to cook over low heat till all the juice from the strawberries released and the pulpy mixture began to boil and bubble on the surface. I then added the salt and vinegar and let the jam simmer a couple of minutes more before pouring it into a sterilized bottled.

so that was my humble bread and jam for the week. they pair up pretty well. and probably that is why the loaf is almost over though its just Tuesday  :)  

The bread is being yeast-spotted

also sharing the recipes with the following weekly food events  : What’d You Do This Weekend? #14  
Monday Food:  
Marvelous Mondays @ This Gal Cooks, Manic Monday @ Serendipity and Spice,  

Meatless Monday @Veggie Mama's Meatless Monday My Sweet and SavoryJust Another Meatless Monday @ Hey What's for Dinner Mom  
Tuesday Food:  Tempt my Tummy @Blessed with GraceTotally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe BoxTasteful Tuesday Party @ Nap Time Creations,  Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home,  Hand Made Tuesday @ Ladybug BlessingsShare it Link Party @ Winthrop ChroniclesHearth and Soul Blog Hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday 



while I can vouch for the bread-machine, the bread-machine cookbook and the mason jars, i wish i had that adjustable bread keeper. maybe its time i get one...
      


4 comments:

  1. Perfect bread. Looks yummy. What a nice coloured jam! delicious......

    today's post:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/05/elephantfoot-yam-jimikand-kofta-curry.html

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  2. Home made Jam. Yum! The bread looks like it is waiting for a bite.

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  3. Hi Tanu, homemade bread and jam are always the best...Yours look so good, very well done. Great to go with a nice cup of coffee. :))

    Have a great week ahead.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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Thanks for stopping by. It was nice having you here. Have a good day.

Take care and come back soon.
Best, Tanusree

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