Basic Sponge Cake without eggs

I searched and searched for this recipe, here, there, everywhere and finally combined 3-4 blog posts to get me this recipe. I wanted a recipe which was eggless and did not use Milkmaid. This is a simple recipe. I have tried it time and again and turns out great every time.

Ingredients

1 cup or 200ml set curd ( I have used different brands like Amul, Nestle, Nilgiris, Nandini. All of them give the same result)

1/2 cup sugar ( I like my cake if its not too sweet, feel free to increase the quantity if you like it sweet)

1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 and 1/2 cup All purpose flour / Maida

Getting into action

Preheat the over at 180 degree Celsius. While the oven is doing its work, let’s do ours.

In a mixing bowl, pour the set curds. Whip it well to remove all the lumps. Once done, add sugar and whip is again.

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To this add the baking powder and baking soda. Set is aside for 5 mins.

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You will observe formation of bubbles.

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Now add the oil and vanilla essence. Mix it well. To this add and flour and mix it such that there are no lumps. Batter is ready. In a hurry I could not click pics of the batter, will upload it soon.

Grease a cake tin and pour the batter. Once your oven declares that its ready, push in the cake tin and bake it for 30 mins at 180 degree Celsius.

Please note – Each oven has its own baking time. 10 mins before the allocated time, check your cake if it is done.  You will know the cake is done when the knife/fork/skewer/toothprick  inserted, comes out clean. Even if there is time left, go ahead and take the cake out of the oven. Cool it on a rack.

Sit back and enjoy your slice of cake!!

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Banana Cake/Bread

The excitement of my first post has made way to this post 🙂

Cake/Bread means this recipe is give something sweeter than bread, less sweeter than cake. I can brave to call this wee-bit healthy as I’m using Wheat flour instead of Maida and it butter-free. So let’s begin…

Ingredients

1 cup Wheat flour

1/2 cup  sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp oil

2 bananas (mashed)

4 tbsp milk

1 tbsp curds

1 tsp vanilla essence

Next what?!?!

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. While the oven is getting heated up, there is somethings you need to do. For a change we will not sieve the flour. We will prepare the cake with the little roughage.

First, take the banana and mash it. With hands or fork is your choice. I did it with hands.

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Then the wet ingredients namely – oil, milk, curds and vanilla essence. Mix them well. You will have to excuse me, the pic does not look great!

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Then add sugar, salt and baking soda. Mix it well again.

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To this add the wheat flour and mix.

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You know what I did… I added a few pieces of chopped cashews and a few raisins.You can also add chopped walnuts or almonds. Then I  greased the bread pan liberally with ghee. You can grease it with either oil or butter. The choice is completely yours 🙂 And this how my batter looked in the bread pan –

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By the time you finish all these work, your oven will go “keeeeenk” , letting you know that the oven is pre-heated. Now push the bread pan into the oven and bake it for 40-50 mins.

Please note – Each oven has its own baking time. 10 mins before the allocated time, check your cake if it is done.  You will know the cake is done when the knife/fork/skewer/toothprick  inserted, comes out clean. Even if there is time left, go ahead and take the cake out of the oven. Cool it on a rack.

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Yes… I know the raisins on the surface look a little burnt. But the taste was unadulterated. So here I will cut a piece of bread/cake for you….

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Have a warm piece… you will love it. It tastes good even when completely cooled. Enjoy!!  Try this… and let me know how it comes out.

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