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Banana Cupcake

What keeps me busy the past days would surely make me fat. It’s just very simple – as simple as practicing and perfecting the art of steaming. It’s not the usual steaming of foods, I could say. But rather steaming cakes, cupcakes and other bakeable goodies because honestly I do not have the luxury of conduction ovens to make baking easier. I am just making use the best possible way I could with my incredibly big steamer.

So my first project here in our little den which I already tried some at home in the province, is the steamed banana loaf. At home in the province, I also used steam to cook the loaf but it was just an improvised one – with the use of a very huge cooking pot, I put in large stones and arranged those that somehow could provide a flat surface for the loaf pan; gushed a liter or two of water and brought water to a boil.

Anyway, here’s how I prepared and made of my banana loaf which I took from Yummy.ph. But I omit some of the ingredients because I was too lazy to look for one. LOL. I sifted 2 and ¼ all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl and added with sifted 1 and ½ teaspoons baking soda as well as ¼ teaspoon salt. I’ve added a cup of dark brown sugar and ½ cup of white sugar. I made sure to mix all these dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, I whisked 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, 3 large eggs and a teaspoon full of vanilla extract. I set aside the two different mixtures while I was mashing 2 cups of sweet ripe bananas. In this case I used La-katan banana. After mashing that banana, I slowly added the flour mixture in the butter mixture alternating with the mashed banana until totally mixed making sure no lumps of air are present.

This time around, I made sure that the water in the steamer was boiling. So now, since I do not have a loaf pan here, I made use of the puto molds which I greased with a butter and filled with the batter mixture. I steamed the bread for 40 minutes but you can also steam it earlier after checking the center of the loaf using a toothpick.

Banana Cupcake

That’s it! It’s just so simple. Hope you guys can try this out – a healthy snack at home, steamed banana loaf.

Steaming…

…starts now!!!

Yes! You heard that right! From now on, I will be steaming real healthy good food. For now, I am not decided yet if I am gonna open a small venture for this. But what’s sure for now is for me to serve home-made steamed foods for my little man since my hubby is not home yet.

3-layer 40cm food steamer

For this week’s ‘What’s steaming?’ in my kitchen, I am planning to steam a banana cake. Maybe you all are questioning yourself now whether is it possible to steam a banana cake or loaf because what we usually do is to bake. But since I do not have an oven to bake all the cakes I am longing to serve in my table, I better have them steamed then.

Guys, just watch out my upcoming posts for my steamed banana loaf, or maybe yet, banana cake. Happy eating guys!

Best Foods on Rainy Days

In this rainy season in the country, where we are experiencing typhoons in this very days, it is best to prepare hot foods in our every table. And here below are just some of the best foods which we Filipinos are used to offer in our table.

1. Congee. Filipinos loved to eat congees of different flavors, seasonings added with lots of herbs. This actually what I also loved to prepare as this is what my family especially my little man loves to eat also. And his favorite one is the hearty chicken liver congee. Even my hubby loved to have a bowl or two of this while reading a newspaper or just simply listening to the falling raindrops.

Best Foods during Rainy Days Congee

 

2. Noodle Soup. Noodle soup is almost always the easiest one to prepare. You only need the noodles itself and any seasoning and herbs to flavor. One can also add boiled meat. But for me, I loved the noodle soup that is spicy. I usually am having a bowl of this while doing online stuff – having to read full review of anything to read on, while waiting for the rain to stop.

Best Foods during Rainy Days Noodles

 

These are just two of the best foods we loved to prepare on this rainy days in the Philippines. But I will also add more on this, just check out my next posts.