Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Mixed Berry Almond Loaf | #BreadBakers


The season of flowers never seems to get over in the foothills. Even when the Sun is belligerent and spewing heat with all generosity, the Neem tree bears small milky flowers. It is a soothing sight to see cascades of flowers in the boughs. A sweet smell soothes the senses as you pass by or stand underneath. Bees, insects small birds all swarm around the bunches of flowers.


Last week we had an unexpected downpour. It rained heavily and our lawn turned into a swimming pool. A few days later, we a riot of colours. Football lilies sprouted out of every inch of the Earth. 



Dad loved them and the bulbs planted by him have been multiplying. He must be smiling from up there.


 It is early morning and we head to our backyard to collect ripe wood apples and mangoes that fall and remain hidden in the dead vegetation.  Our backyard is a parched landscape in the summer with mottled shades of brown. Some plants ( presumably planted by Dad) brighten the dull corners of the dry patch. These are snow white flowers growing around the tender branches.



We come home with bags full of ripe fruits and enjoy a hot cup of tea. No matter how hot it is, a cup of tea is refreshing. 


Later, we get down to baking a Mixed Berry Almond Loaf.
The loaf is moist, mildly sweet and full of chewy berries. Almond meal makes the crumb really soft and delicious. You can identify every berry by its taste and flavour.


Mixed Berry Almond Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Almond meal
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (scant) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 flax egg (1tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water. Mix and refrigerate for 10 minutes, Whisk. Use)
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ cup dry mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line one 8x4 inch loaf tin.
  2. Whisk together first six ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, take all the liquid ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add dry ingredients to liquid ingredients and mix to combine.
  5. Fold in berries tossed in some flour.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf tin.
  7. Arranged almond slices on top.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes or till the top turns golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the tin. Slice when cold                                                                                              
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19 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful loaf of bread Namita. Looks soo moist and yummy!! Love those mixed berries in there.

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  2. Oh my gosh those photos are stunning, and the bread is too! Love the almond slices on top. Arranged perfectly!!

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  3. I say this each time...I always feel like I have had a walk through paradise when I visit your blog. The bread sounds amazing.

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  4. Hi flax seeds should be plain or roasted??

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    1. Hi Khyati, take raw plain flax seeds.

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  5. Hey ... I would love to try this recipe, however would want to know if yoghurt can be substituted for flax meal ? If yes, any idea on quantity... thanks

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    1. Hi Cuckoo, I think you must take 1/4 cup Yoghurt. Now you will have to adjust the quantity of milk to get the right consistency. Start with 1/2 cup milk. Add more only if needed. Hope this works well!

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  6. Namita such a beautiful and tempting loaf. Love the almond topping. I also love your photos on the flowers. I always learn so much more about nature from your posts.

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  7. This looks so wonderful, fruity and delicious!

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  8. I think we ended up with almost similar breads (incl the topping) , Namita :) I envy you have such a nature walk everyday - with its fresh air and a bread like this, its surely inviting !

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    1. Yes. Kalyani, Our breads are similar and they look the same with almonds on top.

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  9. Loaf looks so colourful and pretty.........

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  10. Tried this bread. Came out well. I have a doubt. Whenever I try out any wheatflour eggless cakes with oil, they become shiny and sticky especially on the surface. However when I use butter for the same they turn out much better. Why is this so?
    Is there a solution?

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