Oct 18, 2010

Eggless Strawberry Chocolate Almond Bread

When it’s a good day, even bread feels like cake!

I totally just made this up and I’m impressed at my own proverbial skills! It’s easier to make up stuff when food is involved! Don’t you all agree?

It’s just been a real hectic October and in all my chaos, my poor little blog baby is not getting my attention as it should. I’m hoping to come back to full form soon. Maybe in a couple of more weeks once Diwali is over.

Today’s blog post is actually a really easy recipe I baked a couple of weekends back. This was actually our Sunday morning fresh baked breakfast. And when I sat down and ate this, I just wanted time to stand still and let me enjoy this forever. This is a classic example how many of your little favorite things can come together and give you one big favorite thing. Who says that’s not possible? I have proof that it is both possible and enjoyable!

The recipe is adapted from Madhuram’s Eggless Cooking blog and her recipe on Eggless Chocolate chip Zucchini Bread. Anytime I need an eggless recipe, her site is the first one I stop by. Thank You Madhuram and please keep your wonderful recipes coming.

Start off with mixing the dry ingredients –
All purpose flour – 1 ½ cups (you can substitute with whole wheat bread flour for a more fibrous bread)
Baking powder – ¼ tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
A pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients well – you can actually sieve them all together for a clean and smooth mix.


Then, add a whole cup of fresh cut strawberries in here.


Followed by another ½ cup of semi sweet or dark chocolate chips.



Now for the wet ingredients. This is basically where the butter and eggs would be added in a normal cake. However, in this eggless version, we're going to be adding some other basic ingredients.

Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup (personally, I though this bread was too sweet. I'm thinking of cutting this down to 1/2 or even 1/4 cup for more of a bread taste)
Bananas - 2 ripe
Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp (Optional - I did not add this - no culinary reasons...just laziness!)

Just add all the ingredients to a blender or mixer and blend into a smooth wet mixture.



Pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well.


Gently incorporate the dry and wet ingredients together.


Here's the bite - add about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of sliced/silvered almonds. This adds excellent texture to the bread.


Pour into a well greased loaf pan. Run a toothpick over the batter so that any big bubbles are broken up - that way you won't have a big hole in the middle of your slice!


Top off with some more silvered almonds.


Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 50 mins. Yeah - this does take time. So, plan accordingly. If you want to make this for breakfast - don't start at 10:00 clock Sunday moring like me. We all almost felt like we had brunch after we ate this at 11:15!! If its a sunday, you are forgiven in my books for being a lazy mom and letting your family starve and just smell the fresh baking bread with growling stomachs!

Here it is - takes only about 5 mins to prepare but about an hr to bake. Once that is done, we are back at about 5 mins to eat it all up.



Slice yourself a big one...shhhh..


Here's a cross view - the softness of the strawberries and the crunchiness of the almonds and the sweetness from the semi sweet chips all just come along beautifully to give you a perfect bite.


Feel free to use your own favorite fruits or nuts to bake this. Like I said, this can pass off for cake easily if you bake it a square or round pan. But it taste great as little slices of bread too.




Enjoy. Peace Out!

24 comments:

  1. It has come out perfe ct and love the addition of fruits in it

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  2. Cake looks absolutely spongy, moist and fruity, gorgeous cake indeed..

    Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes

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  3. lovely bread,luks very soft...wounderful bake.

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  4. A Very Tempting Bread!!! That too on a Lazy Sunday Morning, Fresh baking bread, mmm!!!! Love it :)

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  5. Perfect bread...I love yur way of describing the recipe with detailed method and drooling pics :)...Kudos!

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  6. Oh yum...looks so good Anu.I love quick breads since that's the closest I can come to baking breads[still scared of yeast!!].I am thinking of substituting the strawberries with some other fruit in season now.Thanks so much for this!!

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  7. Wow, superb cake,so moist and filled with all the goodness.

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  8. Awesome Awesome Awesome Anu...No words..Wish i had a slice...

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  9. A very delicious combo. The bread looks so perfect.

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  10. Awesome looking bread i love it:)

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  11. Beautiful!! Love the cake/bread:)

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  12. YUM-strawberries and chocolate make for a killer combo!! I really do miss baking now :)

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  13. Wow interesting one anu with 3 fruits..looks so so delicious. I am bookmarking ..sure i am going to make this.

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  14. Oh sorry not 3 fruits 2 right .. in my quick glance seeing the choco chip i thought it as dried blueberries.. while reading the recipe i got it correctly that is Anu's fav choco chip :)

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  15. Anu

    loved the recipe so much that tried it out immediately. turned out gr8. Prasad wants it for his next office potluck. 2 changes- used plums instead of bananas(family is banana haters) and baked it in a square cake pan(didn't have loaf pan). took a pic will post it today. thanx and keep posting more stff.

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  16. My kinda bread. I like quick breads better than cakes. Great with tea. Strawberries look amazing in there!

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  17. First time here..in luv with ur site...nice stepwise...looks so gud, Keep going!

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  18. This is going to be my favorite dish of the year..Truly awesome...

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  19. You had me at strawberries. You had me at Chocolate chips. You had me at Almonds. You also had me at Strawberry-chocolate-almond bread! This is like a polygamist bread, who wants so many flavoured wives, all at the same time! I <3 it I say :)

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  20. That was fun to read..:) I sometime back made some quick eggless version and didn't have the time to bake as a loaf, so made muffins out of them..

    but these type of bread are so good right!

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  21. I tried it as soon as i read it. It came out very good. Thanks for the recipe. I like your site.Very interesting recipes!!

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