First things first.
I’ve just turned 22. I’ve published my first tiny cookbook.
It’s something I’ve been wanting to write for quite sometime now. 2 months of research and recipe testing, all worth it in the end. It was so much fun working with the team at Better Butter and love how they encourage young writers publish their stuff. The most exciting part of the whole book madness was when I got my two favourite pastry chefs- Adriano Zumbo and Janice Wong to sign it and they loved the recipes.
The book is all about healthy desserts. Yessss exactly why it’s called The Health Soul Kitchen. My only goal through this book is to help people find better substitutes in your regular baking and show them how healthy desserts can be very tasty. The biggest misconception is that life gets too boring when we go the healthy route. Sweets have to be rich, sinful and decadent. You can never talk about diets when it comes to pastries and anything sweet. But I can bake a sinfully looking yet healthy cake for a celebration and you can’t even tell the difference because in the end, it tastes just as good.
The other day when I had baked a banana jaggery walnut cake for my grandaunt’s birthday and posted it on social media, everyone wanted the recipe. So I’m sharing a more simpler version of that which is a perfect tea-time treat.This recipe uses almonds instead of walnuts though but trust me, it tastes way better.
When it comes to using jaggery instead of sugar, I think I’ve spoken about this ALOT even in my previous recipe posts. The most amazing thing is I don’t even miss sugar anymore. I feel it’s the best decision I’m making and sometimes when jaggery doesn’t match my flavour combinations, organic brown sugar is my next best bet so I’m sorted for life!
This Banana Jaggery Loaf is very simple to bake and the best kind of comfort food under rainy skies. Just be a little careful while mixing the batter because over-beaten batter spoils the whole texture of the loaf. Also, make sure all your ingredients are in room temperature. Very important factor that can totally mess up your cake.
So the next time, you’ve got a bunch of bananas lying in that fruit basket, you know what to do with them! 😉