November 7, 2014

Friday with a friend - 1 st guest post in MLH by Swathi Iyer / Banana Gugelhupf By Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen / Banannengugelhupf


This week I posted about guest post get to gether In MLH..Before even starting this series already few friends told that they are interested to join in this and personally,I invited few othetr friends too..So,from today,every friday one guest post is going entertain you in Mahaslovelyhome..If any one of you are fascinated to write please let me know..Then I`l arrange an exact date..Even non-bloggers also can participate in this..So,don`t miss the lovely chance to share your feelings and wonderful  recipe with us.

Coming to the today`s special post,Swathi Iyer is today`s first guest of MLH..When I asked about writing a post for me,she accpeted my request within seconds and supported me.She is one of the close blogger friend and through FB we connected strongly...Regularly we chats in FB and her straight forwardness attracts me mostly..She is one of the active blogger and shares almost all kind of recipes that too with very neat pictures...I admire when I check her bread baking recipes..Because,Mr.yeast is biggest enemy of me and she bakes breads like a pro..(Of course..she is a pro..).That`s really surprising....Iam very happy to introduce you all my very close and caring friend with this guest post..Please check her space for many more recipes.Thank you swathi for spending valuable time for me...

Now,over to Swathi,

When my friend Usha of Mahaslovelyhome asked me to do a guest post for her blog, I immediately said yes. She is very nice person and also a great blogger. She has two little kids so it is a everyday struggle taking care of kids and blogging, just like me.  When she asked me, I said that I need some time, so that I can think of a nice recipe.  Finally I made this banana Gugelhupf . It is delicious and easy version, if you like banana bread/cake you will like it.
 Thanks Usha for giving me a wonderful opportunity to do a guest post in your space.

1.Few words about u/some thing special which we don`t know??

This is Swathi who writes the blog Zesty South Indian Kitchen, and I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful kids and love to cook from scratch and also love fresh homemade bread. I have been blogging for a while, around 5 years.  I started blogging as a hobby and now it becomes my passion and I am addicted towards it. I love to write stories connecting to food rather than going straight to recipe.

2. 3 Food photography tips or  3 useful kitchen tips?? 

Take clear picture without much prop
also use natural light if possible
content is the king, people come back if they like it

3. How to imporove fans n followers for food blog n food bog face book page??

By sharing all kind of recipes and by answering if they asks any doubts.

4.How food blog changed ur life?How many recipes your posting in a month approximately and your memorable moments which related to blog??

Food blogging was fun and some time stressful
I try to post at least two recipes in a week

5.Finally,tell me few words abt MLH??

MLH is very nice food blog, Usha is so kind and helpful, she is the person who wants to grow along with others as not as single person.


Now,about the recipe,

We are banana bread loving family, my hubby always request me to make banana bread. Banana bread is first bread I baked. So it has some historic importance too.  I am always looking forward to make a  delicious dish with over ripe banana how many variation of banana dishes can one make. I have tried a fair list of them. So nowadays I am in search for recipes that uses ripe banana. I tried banana cake donuts, banana cakes. When I saw the recipe of Banana Gugelhupf (Banannengugelhupf) from the book, I got hooked to it.

Unlike other kugelhopf/ Gugelhupf it is not yeast based cake. This is eaten during the coffee break. It is simple more like banana bundt cake. If you have Gugelhupf pan, then it is best time to use it. Uniqueness of this recipe is that it uses confectioner’s sugar and heavy cream; both make them more soft and delicious.  You can use ripe bananas; since I have few over ripe ones in my hand I used it. I made it in mini bundt pan. If I made it in a big pan, it may be difficult of finish it. My daughter and son loved it, hubby enjoyed a small one.
Give it a try it will be easy to make you need, butter, flour, confectioner’s sugar, brown sugar,  heavy cream, mashed banana and zest of lemon.  Here comes the recipe.
Recipe Adapted from here


WHAT YOU NEED
  • Softened butter and dried bread crumbs, for the pan
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2medium bananas)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon 

Directions

1.Preheat to 350°F. Using a pastry brush, butter the inside of a 10-inch Gugelhupf mold or fluted tube pan. Coat with crumbs and tap out the excess.

2.Beat the butter in a medium bowl with a hand-held electric mixer on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the confectioner's sugar. Return the speed to high and beat until very light in color and texture, about 2 minutes. One at a time, beat in the eggs, beating well after each addition.

3.Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the bananas, brown sugar, cream, and lemon zest until the sugar is dissolved. With the mixer on low speed, one third at a time alternately beat in the flour and banana mixtures, scraping down the sides of the bowl often, until the batter is smooth. Pour into the pan and smooth the top.

4.Bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire cake rack for 10 minutes. Invert onto the rack and cool completely.

The cake can be make up to 1 day ahead, covered with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature

This is for U :)
That`s really an awesome post..Thank you so much for Introducing a new recipe,that too very which is healthy and tasty..Definitely will give a try to this beautiful banana bread and once again thank you for taking time to share your feelings with MLH ..I wish a all the best dear Swathi and happy blogging :)





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