Thursday, April 24, 2008

Eggless Banana Chocolate Brownie!

Well I thought this to be a cake, but thinking again I decided its a brownie! Yea it wasn't so soft and fluffy, as you would expect a cake to be and it was so easy to make, that's the best part! I was inspired by this Chocolate Brownie and I was just too trilled not to try again. Normally when I get the urge for a cake, I either have to bake my own egg less Black Forest Cake or get from shop. Both sounds so alarming always. Though my Black forest cake comes out yummy, its a kind of work I avoid these days. The last time, Konda wanted a cake at home, I planned for the chocolate fudge the previous day and did the cake the next day! This worked out fine, still its not something I would want to do on a regular basis.

Infact, since my oven gave way years back, I never attempted this area of cooking at all. I got a Microwave, thinking things will be simplified, but there simply never was enough time. Those days, I used to spend late nights for these experiments. Late nights suited best as I needn't disturb others. After marriage and then kids, there was no question of late nights being spent for cooking, its was spent sitting up with the babies! So many years later, I find it strange that I am back with my passion stirring to take this up again. Its mostly because of the time spent in this exercise now. Even the Black forest cake comes out pretty fast!

On seeing how soon the chocolate brownie took to get completed and how delicious it looked, I was sorely tempted to make an eggless version. I was left with half a tin of condensed milk. So that drove me into finding what else was at home. I knew apple sauce or banana would work well. I couldn't find any apple sauce, but a lone banana was resting peacefully in the basket. But on the looks of it, nobody was going to take pity on it. So I was all to its rescue! Armed with half a tin and the lone banana, went in search for the flour to hold these together! Well, of course the cocoa too, I only love chocolate! How can I forget it. Fished out the cocoa tin too, along with the blushing butter! God, I guess the butter was feeling very bitter that nobody got any better out of it!

Now I was all set to get the action going. Can you believe it, it took just under 10 mins, to get everything in order. Melted the butter for a min, blended everything together for about 2 to 3 mins and bang it went into the mw and out it came, all in 5 mins, so gorgeous it was looking! I guess it would've worked well for 3-4 mins too. Digging on it, I felt a pang for the many years of lost pleasure!

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose Flour / Maida - 1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa powder - 2 tsp
Condensed Milk - 200 gms (Half tin)
Butter - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt a pinch
Sugar - 2 tsp
Ripe Banana - 1 small one

Method to prepare:

Melt the butter in mw for 1 min. Mix in the condense milk, blend it to a smooth paste using a blender.

Mash the banana well and mix to the above butter & condensed mixture. Blend again to get a smooth paste.

In another bowl, shift the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Then add to the butter mix and blend well.

the beauty in this is, you don't have to bother if the cake is going to be hard or soft or handle the batter with care after you have introduced the air in it. With this batter, you can be yourself! Whatever you do, it can't do wrong.

Grease a mw bowl and transfer the mix to it. Spread it well. I dusted it with flour, as I couldn't find a wax paper. I don't remember where those went off! Guess I have refill my pantry with those long forgotten things. Since I dusted, the top had that white coating over it, you can very well scrape it out.

Mw this mix for 5 mins. Let it rest in the mw for a minute, then remove to the wire rack for another 2 mins. Its all done!

Next time I will do it for 4 mins and try. It was very moist and yummy. It had that banana taste. And this taste great when its warm.

My daughter and her friend K, were playing at home when I had this ready. They simply loved it. But most amazing fact was, K found that I added banana in it. I asked hubby dear and Amma if they tasted banana, and they said no! I tell you, kids these days are way too smart!

My entry for my Microwave Easy Cooking event, themed on Cakes this month.I guess its going to be only chocolate cakes as I have only got chocolate cakes till now! But then I love chocolate, so keep them coming!

This is also my entry for the Food for Plastic Challenge III, hosted by Ben at What's Cooking?. Tupperware has named April "Children's Month" and will be donating part of their proceeds to Boys' and Girls' Clubs. Ben has great a great site going with awesome pictures, I simply can't miss out this great cause! Check out his site for more details.

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24 comments :

Divya said...

Hey Srivalli...Brownie is looking way too yummy!!!I am drooling over here..I am still drooling over your chocolate brownie and now this one!!Too much too much..you would not let me continue with my diet huh..??too tempting!!

satya said...

Eggless... moreover chocolate...what else can I ask for Srivalli.:)
I dust cake pans with cocoa powder instead of maida whenever I bake chocolate cakes to avoid that white coating.

kamala said...

Chocolate brownie looks moist and so tempting Srivalli.

ranji said...

loved this choco brownie...my cravings for chcocolates has just increased and now determined to bake a cake in the weekend....

Rajitha said...

eggless anything makes me swoon..and you made this in a microwave..that takes the cake ;)

Sunshinemom said...

Looks absolutely delicious! Eggless makes it all the more attractive for me!

Rachel said...

Ahh I have a similar one for Your MEC event..

Ben said...

OOOOh, banana chocolate brownie. that is just a piece of heaven :-p Thanks for your entry and good luck!

Uma said...

what a nice entry. looks delicious.

Kalai said...

Looks really fluffy! Wow. :)

Andrea said...

Those brownies look amazing. I'm not much of a baker though, not sure I could pull it off. It couldn't hurt to try I guess!

Tee said...

mmmmm....i love chocolate too...this is such an easy recipe !

Dee said...

Looks lovely srivalli, I often bake a banana chocolate chip bread , and Im too lazy to post :D I shud try your recipe and dusting cake pans with cocoa for chocolate cakes is a great idea!!

vegeyum said...

Looks too too yummy. Can I come over one night when you are cooking up a storm?

karuna said...

yup, the chinese take away was really exciting, but hectic. once i got married and came to the US, had to shut it down. but it was doing really well.
the chocolate cake in the microwave, looks pretty good.

Nandita said...

Seeing many microwave cake recipes thanks to your event...do the cakes have to be sweet? or even savoury cakes are allowed? If yes, i have a lovely recipe for you :)

I'm going to send the link of the round up of MEC cakes to my cousins who love to bake cakes, but don;t have the convection oven...Besides I love them as no preheating involved, and i use my oven as an extra storage - which i have to remove and clean up each time i have to bake...so microwave is the perfect option for me :)

Swati Raman Garg said...

aah veggie after a long time... i got sad after the chicken n mutton on ur site.. but this was such a treat... :) yummmmmyyy..

Nandita said...

Sent it :)

Raaga said...

Hey... I do hope I have time to send my entries. Please... please :-)

I've done and taken pics, but have been terribly busy to post (haven't transfered the picture!!)

Please Valli... naaku inka koncham time kaavaali.

Raaga said...

Also another tip... while making muicrowave cakes... only grease, never flour... in a m,icrowave, that mixture also cooks!! unlike in conventional convection ovens.

Srivalli said...

Divya, thank you!...I am so happy that this is not allowing to ..:)

satya, thank you for the wonderful tip..will try that out..you are one rocking lady with so much knowledge!..

kamala, it was really yummy...for a person who never gets to eat a cake, this was a treat!

ranji, hope you enjoy!..thanks

Rajitha, I am glad...hhaha...nice pun!

Sunshinemom, Oh ..I didnt' know I have so many eggless people around me!

Rachel, Oh it was lovely!

Ben, thank you..its my pleasure!

Uma, thank you!

Kalai, it was very moist and soft

Andrea, thanks for dropping by...this is very simple one to try!

Tee, yep..good to see you around!

Dee, oh that must be great...do post it ..

vegeyum, you are most welcome..could be fun to have company!

karuna, oh sad to know abt it..but you can always start a new one!...thanks

Nandita, you are welcome!...thats very sweet of you!..thanks for the entry

Swati, oh thats bad...:0)..glad i was able to please with this one!

Raaga, sure..let me know by when you will have the post ready!...and nice attempt at telugu!

and thats a nice tip will try to include all these!

Veda Murthy said...

hi sri...would love to try this recipe in my microwave too....but sumhow whenvere i tried to bake a cake in mw....it either becomes too hard.....i hardly c myself baking a good cake. pls can u post a pic of what kind of mw bowl u use to make this brownie?

regards,
veda

Sudeshna said...

Sri,
I had been searching for a MW cake since long, and had never found something satisfactory. My search just ended with your post. Thanks for sharing this.
Even I was not sure whether we can use wax paper in MW, is the wax paper and parchment paper same?

Srivalli said...

Veda ..I am really so sorry, looks like I missed replying to your query. You can check out the Microwave posts, its normally the same bowl either mixing bowl or rectangle bowl that's used for all my mw baking and cooking


Sudeshna I am glad you found this...wax paper and parchment paper are not the same...my search over net tells me that wax paper is not supposed to be used for baking as it will result in smoky...its usually used to line the cakes for icing and other similar use...parchment paper is what is advised for baking...but since I have never used either I am not really sure. Can you pls research again on this before you proceed...thanks..:)..

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