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Aloha Hawaiian Quick Bread

Thanks to this quick bread, I finally got rid of the last (and sad) banana sitting on my kitchen counter, also cleaned out the coconut flakes and mango strips in my pantry… and my family will have breakfast on the table tomorrow morning. Win win for all!

Aloha Hawaiian Quick Bread

Aloha Hawaiian Quick Bread (adapted from This Farm Girl Cooks— Hawaiian Banana Bread with Coconut and Pineapples, makes one 8″ round quick bread)

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter– soften
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs– room temperature
1 overripe banana
1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice (do not drain juice)
3-4 dried mango strips– cut into small pieces
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes– toasted

Method:

  1. Grease bottom and side of a round cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place oven rack at upper 1/3 position of the oven.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In a different bowl, mash banana, then add in crushed pineapples (including juice) and chopped dried mango strips. Mix to combine.
  3. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Then beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Add in the fruit mixture. Mix well.
  4. Add in flour mixture in two batches. Mix until it just incorporate with no dry flour. Gently mix in toasted coconut flakes.
  5. Pour batter into cake pan, smooth the top. Sprinkle some extra coconut flakes on the top if desired. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove cake from pan and transfer to cool on a cooling rack.

Regina’s Note:

  • I can definitely taste the coconut, but pineapple flavor is very subtle. Will dried pineapples (probably needs to reconstitute) or fresh pineapples work better? Maybe add more pineapples, and more mango too.

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Six over ripe bananas plus a tight schedule means I had to find a quick and easy recipe to make banana-something for our breakfast tomorrow. Luckily I didn’t have to look for long– this recipe has over 5K 5-star reviews! One review comment even says it’s the best banana bread in over 40 years of her baking! I had all the ingredients (except for sour cream which I was a bit short), the steps were pretty simple to follow… so let’s give it try… It takes an hour to bake. I timed it to pop in the oven before picking up my kids from three schools. When we came back the house smelled so wonderfully banana heaven…

The results? Moist, fluffy, and full of banana goodness. I cut down the sugar so the sweetness was just right for our taste. I’m not a quick bread person but I like this one. No wonder it has over 5K reviews with 5 stars… The bread freeze well so why not bake two loaves, and keep one for another time…

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread Recipe-– adapted from Janet’s Rich Banana Bread (yields 1 loaf)

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas– mashed
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs– room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream– see note below
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Melt butter in a large bowl in microwave. When butter is still warm, whisk in sugar until sugar dissolves. Let cool slightly.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix to blend well.
  5. Sift in flour mixture, in two batches, to butter mixture. Mix well after each time. The batter will become stiff like a cookie dough.
  6. Fold in sour cream, then fold in mashed bananas and walnuts.
  7. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Regina’s Note:

  • Sugar: Original recipe calls for 1/2 cup sugar but I cut down to 1/3 cup, and it turned out just nice. I also whisk to melt sugar in warm melted butter.
  • Sour cream: I only had 1/4 cup sour cream remaining in the fridge, so I used heavy whipping to fill to 1/2 cup. The bread turned out moist and fluffy. Alternatively you can also use yogurt.
  • The bread freeze well. Keep it in a closed bag. Reheat in low temperature oven until warm if desired.

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Cheese Sugar Pai Pau 乳酪白糖排包

I haven’t made 排包 ‘pai pau’ (bread rows) for a very long time. I miss that buttery soft pai pau from Kee Wah Bakery… Hmm, with only two tiny slices of whole wheat bread left on the counter, it’s time to make some more bread!~ Pai pau it is! Little did I realize that my previous pai pau recipes require dough starter which I didn’t have extra time to make… So I used a couple recipes as guideline and create this pai pau recipe that doesn’t use dough starter. Oh, and I always love Parmesan/Asiago cheese and sugar topping, so why not use it here to clean up my leftover cheese.

The taste: Well, bread made with or without a dough starter does make a difference, at least with this pai pau. Since I didn’t use any dough starter this time, my pai pau was a little dry the second day (I didn’t try it fresh on the baking day). I warmed it up a bit in microwave then the bread was soft again, but when it cools it gets drier and a little more dense. Oh well… as long as I have the crusty sugar cheesy topping, it’s fine with me 😉

Cheese Sugar Pai Pau 乳酪白糖排包 Recipe (makes 10 rows)

Ingredients:
7/8 cup (210ml) milk– see note below
1 egg– beaten
3 1/3 cups bread flour– see note below
1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
5 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tbsp grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp milk powder
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter– cut into pieces

1 beaten egg for egg wash

Topping:
grated fresh Parmesan cheese (about 1 tbsp for each bread row)
sugar (about 1/2 tbsp for each bread row)

Method (using Zojirushi bread maker):

  1. Add milk and beaten egg to the bottom of bread maker loaf pan, followed by bread flour, ensuring covering all the liquid. Make a indentation in the center and add dry yeast to the indentation. Place sugar, cheese, milk powder, salt and butter in different corners (salt and sugar at opposite side). Select “Dough” course and press “Start”. When the machine starts kneading, check on the dough by touching– if it looks a bit dry and crumbly, add 1 tbsp of milk. If it’s too wet add 1 tbsp bread flour.
  2. When the course finishes, remove dough from loaf pan and place in a large bowl, covered with plastic wrap and rest in a warm place until double in size.
  3. Punch out the air and kneed to a log shape. Cut into 10 pieces, roll each piece of dough into a oblong shape, sprinkle some sugar (optional) and roll up lengthwise likes jelly roll. Pinch to seal the end. Place bread dough in a greased deep dish rectangle baking pan, slight apart from each other. Cover with plastic wrap and rest until they are double in height.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Apply egg wash on top of the bread, then sprinkle some Parmesan cheese, followed by sugar (sugar helps preventing the cheese from getting burnt).
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove pai pau from the pan and cool completely on a rack.

Regina’s Note:

  • Milk: Weather and different batch of bread flour affect the amount of liquid used. When the machine starts kneading, check the dough by touching: if it’s a bit dry/dense/crumbly, add 1 more tbsp milk. It it’s too wet/sticky, add 1 more tbsp bread flour.
  • Measuring bread flour: the best and most accurate way is to measure by weight. If you measure by volume, be sure to scoop loosen flour into measurement cup (make a heap), then scrap off the extras with the back of a knife.
  • Cheese sugar topping: I baked 25 minutes but tips of pai pau are still pale so I baked for another 2 minutes, but the cheese sprinkles become too brown. So it’s better to stick with 25-26 minutes, or apply egg wash and the toppings half way through baking?…

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