Eggless Fruit & Nut Banana Bread

Fluffy, Moist, Dense and loaded with my favourite fruits and nuts, this banana loaf is definitely a must try.

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If you are a banana lover then this recipe is definitely for you. On the contrary if you don’t like bananas then you might definitely fall in love with these after you eat this loaf. This recipe is by far the best recipe on my blog. Reason being its extremely easy to put together and I can absolutely swear by this recipe every time. If there is one thing I would love to bake any day and any time would be this loaf.

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Blueberry Pie Cookies

What do you do when you are craving both pies and cookies at the same time? Nothing much…You follow my recipe and bake these pie cookies โค

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This week has been really hectic and I baked and shot like almost 5 recipes. I know you guys must be wondering that I haven’t posted any of those since like 5 days but I just couldn’t manage to do it. So here I am today, posting my most favorite recipe of what I shot.

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If you have been following my blog, you would know that I always do a mix of recipes through out the week. Like I post at least 1 dessert and 1 savory item on the blog per week. I avoid baking desserts through out the week. Though whenever I am thinking of what to post next all I can think of is some amazing dessert ๐Ÿ˜›

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P.S- If you are fond of Cookies then this one is definitely a must try for all you Cookie Lovers.

Pies and Tarts are my ultimate favorite. Like you can find a lot of pie recipes on the blog. I prefer them over cakes honestly. My last strawberry hand pies was my absolute favorite. I am thinking of doing savory pies on the blog. Do you have any flavor or ingredient suggestion for the savory pies? Do let me know and I will definitely try them out. I do have a caramelized onion tart on my mind but I am still working on the recipe. ๐Ÿ˜›

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I can go on and on discussing about my plans but lets now discuss what all of your are here for : Blueberry Pie Cookies ย  ย  ย  I had a box of Fresh Blueberries lying with me and I was wondering what should I bake. The first thing I thought of were blueberry muffins. But I had made a batch of my banana muffins (the recipe of which you are going to see soon) and I didn’t want to indulge in muffins again .So I was really confused between blueberry cookies and pies. I was literally craving both. Trust me. But my box of blueberry could suffice only 1 recipe. So I baked these beautiful blueberry cookies in the form of a pie.

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P.S- Each and every bite of these offers the very best part of an actual Blueberry Pie, with all the convenience of a Cookie. You need no fork to eat these…Yippie

SERIOUSLY!! THIS IS THE BEST COOKIE I EVER HAD.

You know what I love the most about a blueberry pie or any other pie is the oozy baked sugar, chewy-ish bits of baked fruit that gets all caramelized to the crust…I am craving them again guys while writing this post .. but they were over the very same day. Anyways, that is my absolute favorite part of a fruit pie. How great are those sticky little chewy bites. Oh Gawd!! Those gooey and warm bites of Pie Heaven are my inspiration for these cookies.

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I have made various pies with different fruits right from apples to strawberries to mangoes. But Blueberry is my ultimate favorite as there is no pitting or peeling involved in case of blueberries. Mix the blueberries with sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest for an amazing flavor. These pie cookies have not been made with any artificial dough. I have made fresh dough and fresh blueberry jam for these cookies.

P.S- For the best flavor use Fresh Blueberries.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: BLUEBERRY PIE COOKIES

MAKES: About 6 to 8 cookies

Prep Time: 45 mins (includes dough chilling time)

Baking Time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the cookies dough:

  • All purpose Flour- 100 gms
  • Butter- 50 gms
  • Vanilla- 1 tsp
  • Sugar- 3 to 4 Tbsp (can vary according to how sweet you want. This one is just about perfect)
  • Chilled Water- 2 Tbsp
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Baking Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Granulated Sugar- For sprinkling

For the blueberry jam:

  • Fresh Blueberries- 80 gms
  • Lemon Juice- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Sugar- 4 Tbsp
  • Lemon Zest- 1 tsp
  • Water- 2 Tbsp

PROCESS:

In a saucepan mix all the ingredients under the blueberry jam and cook it for 5 to 10 mins on slow flame. Make sure you keep stirring. Close once the blueberries have cooked and reduced to a jam like consistency. Let it cool.

On the other hand, in a large bowl, take flour and add butter. Rub the butter and the flour together with the help of your fingers until you get a grainy mixture of flour. Add in the rest of the ingredients and form a dough. The dough wouldn’t be very fine but that is how it is supposed to be. Now cover it with a cling wrap or a foil and put it in the fridge for about 30 mins.

Once the dough is chilled roll is out by dusting some flour on the work slab and cut in into atleast 1/2 inch thick rounds with the help of a cookie cutter. Use the rest of the dough by rolling it and cutting it into thin strips.

Now place the blueberry mix on the surface of the round cut cookies and top it with thin strips in a criss-cross manner.

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Once these cookies are ready, place them in a tray lined with parchment paper and place the tray for at least 10 mins in the refrigerator. Now sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.

Bake them for about 20 mins at 160 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

And Voila…. the best blueberry pie cookies are now ready. Enjoy them with a glass of milk or coffee or they are just amazing as it is.

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Freshly Baked Out of the Oven

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Summery & Peppy Veg Bruschetta

Ah, the bounty of summer. Italian Bruschettaย is a wonderful way to capture the flavors of ripe summer tomatoes, fresh garden basil, and garlic. What could be more summery than grilled peppers and tomatoes on a toasted country bread with flavorsย of your choice!ย 

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This versatile recipe works both as an appetizer or even a whole meal. Either ways it a complete WIN- WIN ๐Ÿ˜€ I would rate this one 10 on 10 and is one of my favorites. It gets ready in no time and is perfect when you are inviting people home for dinner. Saves time and is extremely gorgeous looking.Well I had no guests coming over. ๐Ÿ˜› ย But it was a result of my urge to eat something really nice..peppy…crunchy and spicy…Yummm….. So here it was…Veg Bruschetta. If you are looking for an easy, snacky and summery first course then this is a perfect one.

My love for Bruschetta’s started when I was in college. They acted as the perfect take away and I simply loved the flavors. I loved having them every now and then. โค They have been on my cooking list and I had to try them…So finally I did and am super happy with the way they turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are very summery and peppy… The use of fresh tomatoes and peppers just makes it amazing.

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Bruschetta’s could be as simple as just using tomatoes and basil, but yeah you can always experiment with your favorite flavors and veggies. So go ahead and try create your own version of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

The best part about a Bruschetta is that you can play with the ingredients. You could use veggies of your choice. Not only veggies the sauce could be of your choice too…. Use your favorite pesto or creamy mushroom or the all time favorite tomato and basil. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This bruschettaย recipe is extremely simple and only relies on a few flavors to make it amazing.ย Because of this, you really want toย use the best ingredients you can find. During the summer, youโ€™re probably inundated with sweet, plump tomatoes. In other months though, you might need to look a little harder.

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Seasoning tomatoes ๐Ÿ˜€

Seasoning the Tomatoes is the secret ingredient for a perfect and tasty bruschetta. It really takes them to the next level. Before doing anything else, we chop the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Not only that, but we leave them alone for about 10 minutes. As the tomatoes sit, they become extra flavorful. They also release some of their juices โ€” this is perfect for when weโ€™re topping the bread later.

INGREDIENTS:

Serves- 6 to 7

Prep Time- 15 mins

Baking Time- 12 to 15 mins

  • Italian Bread (or any bread of your choice)
  • 4 Plum Tomatoes- Finely Chopped
  • Mixed Peppers- 1 Cup finely chopped
  • 2 Red Onions- Diced
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Amercian Corn- 1 cup(Optional)
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese- 2 cups
  • Olive oil- 2 Tbsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar- 1 Tsp
  • Salt and ย Black Pepper – to taste
  • Seasoning( Chilli flakes, Oregano, Thyme, Basil)

PROCESS:

Preheat oven at 150 degrees for about 15 mins.

1. In a large bowl, add the tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

2. Cover and leave it in the fridge for about 20 to 25 mins. This will allow the flavors to soak and blend together.

3. Now add onion, corn and the seasoning.

4. Line your bread in a baking tray. With the help of a spoon divide the mixture evenly on the bread.

5. Top it up with lots of mozzarella cheese.

6. Bake till the bread is nicely toasted and the cheese melts.

7 . Serve hot.

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Your Veg Bruschetta is now ready.

* A Bruschetta can be as simple as only fresh plum tomatoes and basil.

* If you dont have dried basil you can use fresh ones too.

* Play with the toppings. Pick your favorite.

* You can even apply a red sauce as your base ingredient if you dont want the chopped tomatoes. To learn the recipe Click Here

*You can use any cheese of your choice. Lots of them ๐Ÿ˜€

For further queries contact me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love

Shruti

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