As part of my weekly baking expedition, I made a quick bread following the recipe in joyofbaking. I made a few changes to the original recipe..I first reduced the quantity to half and then replaced half the quantity of all purpose flour with whole wheat flour(as I had only 1 cup all purpose flour left after making Nippatu), added candied fruits and walnuts only(as i did not have cranberrys), also added only orange essence instead of vanilla essence(as I ran out of stock) and last but not the least I omitted egg. Inspite of all these changes the bread tasted very nice..As it uses only 2 tbsp butter and also uses whole wheat flour, it makes for a healthy breakfast too..
Here is the recipe
All purpose flour: 1 cup Whole wheat flour/Aata: 1 cup Granulated white sugar: 1/2 cup Baking powder: 2 tsp Orange Essence: 1 tsp Butter: 2 tbsp(melted and cooled) Milk: 3/4th cup(more if needed) Candied fruits/tuity fruity: 1/2 cup(I used green, orange, yellow and red color ones) Walnuts: 1/8th cup(chopped) Salt: 1/2 tsp
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C. 2. Sift the flours together. 3. In a bowl mix the sifted flours, sugar, salt and baking powder. 4. In another bowl whisk together the butter, milk and orange essence.(I used an electric blender for this) 5. Then add the flour mixture 3 to 4 tbsp at a time to the wet ingredients and mix.(I did this with hand) 6. During this step, if the batter becomes very thick, more milk can be added. The batter should be of semi solid consistency sticking to the hand. 7. Fold in the candied fruits and chopped walnuts. 8. Pour the batter in a greased loaf tin and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or a fork inserted at the centre of the tin comes out clean. 9. Remove from oven and allow it to cool completely. 10. Make slices, apply butter(optional) and serve.
Note: I think its better to leave the loaf pan in the oven(after switching off) for another 5 minuts even if the fork inserted comes out clean. Thoguh mine was mostly done, there were some sticky unbaked parts..So nect time I would keep the pan in the oven itself for 5 minutes after putting it of.