Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Buckwheat cake

~ Rustic Banana Cake ~ 
(Using up  the festive leftovers, egg free too !!)

India is a land of  colors,traditions and  festivals . Just last 
week  we finished celebrating the spring festival of Navratras . 
Each day of this  nine day long festival is dedicated to nine forms of 
divine feminine power or Devi . Although our family fasts for just the first
 and the last days , there are many who fast , worship and abstain themselves
 from consuming grains and  eggs during the  nine days. Amaranth( ramdana) , 
Buckwheat (kuttu) and wild rice ( sama ke chaval) along with nuts,  fruits,
vegetables n  milk products are consumed during this period. Post the 
festivities I decided to consume the leftovers of buckwheat flour , 
raw sugar, nuts and  overripe bananas for a treat .

Sunday mornings need a bit more !! Its the day when i tend my tiny
 balcony garden , take out lil one for a morning session of skating /
 badminton ,make some special breakfast and of course finish 
the piled up laundry . While I was still in the balcony , I noticed this 
beautiful eagle just on the railing and off came in my camera for 
 capturing the beauty. 

Eagles had become the hot topic of the morning, while lil one was 
still busy in discussion , I headed to the kitchen to bake a treat . 
Today I was not only in a mood to  please the craving palates but also 
to finish up the festive leftovers . After all I love experimenting with new
 flavors !!!!

Buckwheat flour ,  known as kuttu ka atta in local dialect , is high in fiber, 
manganese , copper and  zinc , which are great for immune system. I love to 
use it for making savory  pancakes through out the year and usually grind 
the grits in small batches , as it goes rancid when stored long.We didn't have
 eggs at home , so  flax seeds mixed in water came as a rescue .

Banana Buckwheat Cake 
with Dark  Caramel glaze 

Ingredients - 
1 cup buckwheat flour , 1/2 cup all purpose flour , 
1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp powdered raw sugar ,
1/2 cup apple puree(boil 2 apples n puree), 4 small bananas mashed  ,
 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tbsp oil ,  pinch of salt ,  2 tbsp powdered flax 
soaked in 2 tbsp water (or 2 whisked eggs ), 1/4 cup walnuts . 

Method - 
Preheat the oven to 180C. Sift together flour, soda n salt and  keep 
aside .Whisk together sugars, mashed bananas, apple puree , oil and
soaked flax mixture. Gently fold in the flour mix and half the walnuts .
Pour in a greased and; dusted  8" pan , sprinkle the remaining walnuts .
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 c for 35- 40 mins or till toothpick 
inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool for 20-25 mins , unmold 
and pour some  caramel glaze and  top with some more walnuts .
 Slice and  serve with some sliced apples . 
Note- I sliced the cake into 2 layers and poured some caramel 
in between too. .

Dark caramel glaze
Ingredients -1 cup powdered dark raw  sugar ,2 tsp water , 1/2 cup
 cream , 2 tbsp butter,  pinch of salt . 
Method- Melt sugar and  water  in a large pan, till it turns into liquid . 
Turn off heat and gently whisk in butter and  cream till smooth . Finally 
add  salt and  mix well. 


  1. The cake looks fabulous smitha. I loved the shots of the eagles :)

    1. Thanks Nandita :) The sharp focused wild eyes were enough to scare me a bit , after all with the fixed lens I had to be really close to it !!

  2. awesome cake :) stunning clicks too :-)

  3. Cake looks delicious and mouthwatering. Wonderfully prepared.

  4. its a very very healthy dessert Smitha ( i mean, you just told the world that desserts can be healthy too!). And i love the eagle guy!

    1. Thanks Anusha . Its healthy n at the same time yummy too !!

  5. Tus CREACIONES me parecen una MARAVILLA!!!
    Gracias por compartir tan agradables momentos con ÁGUILA incluída
    Un saludo cariñoso desde CATALUÑA :)

  6. OMG that is one gorgeous looking cake

  7. Looks delicious! I'm gonna have to try this for sure!

  8. This recipe contains all the healthy stuffs which I specially concern about. And the presentation is also looks great. Going to try this for sure.

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  10. Your mode of describing all in this piece of writing is really fastidious, all can simply understand it, Thanks
    a lot.


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