Thursday, September 20, 2007

Walnut Bread - Steam Cooked

Walnut Bread that was steam cooked in a pressure cooker is my first attempt at making a bread. This is a bread all the way, just mildly sweet in taste. It's an easy way of making bread without a bread maker or an oven.

Ingredients

2.5 cup - All purpose Flour
1 cup - walnuts, chopped to small pieces
2 - Eggs
1 cup - Milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp - Baking powder
1 tbsp - Honey
Pinch of salt

Method

1 ) Sieve flour with baking powder, two to three times. Beat eggs , honey and sugar very well. I used a blender to whip. Add milk into the blender and blend very well.

2 ) In a mixing bowl, add walnuts, sieved flour, pinch of salt and mix. Pour in the mixture from the blender and mix everything together in the mixing bowl with a spatula. Fold and mix in a clockwise direction.

3 ) Grease a flat bottom bowl, like one you see in the picture below and also one that fit into the pressure cooker. Pour the bread mixture into the bowl and cover with a aluminum foil. Seal very well, so that no water gets in when steaming.

4 ) Into a pressure cooker, pour 3 cups of water. Place a separator that you get with the pressure cooker. Place the bowl on the separator, close the pressure cooker and bring cooker to a full pressure. Reduce the heat to medium and steam cook for 30 minutes.

5 ) Open the cooker and pour 1 to 2 cups of water into the pressure cooker for further cooking. Close the pressure cooker, bring to a full pressure, place the vent weight and after the 1st whistle, reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Switch off the heat and allow the pressure cooker to cool completely. Open the cooker and take out the bowl.

6 ) Fresh from the cooker.

7 ) Place a plate on top of the bowl and invert the bread onto the plate.

8 ) Let the bread cool completely. Then with a bread knife, cut the bread.

The bread was slightly soft on the day it was made. By next day morning it became firm, like how a bread should be. I dipped the bread in 100 % pure Maple syrup and had it for breakfast.

45 comments:

Richa said...

wow! the bread looks fantastic & the texture looks so good :)
so, the first time u do not put the weight on the cooker, right?

Pravs said...

Hi Richa : First time don't put weight...steam cook. Then next cook with weight for 5 minutes.

Asha said...

Cool! Steamed cake! Looks great Pravs, moist and sliceable too!:))

Anh said...

Lovely bread! And it's steamed, too. How wonderful!

And oh, if you want to keep the bread a bit longer, put some bread improver in the batter. it will kinda help. :)

bee said...

no butter? no oil? wow. just wow.

Sharmi said...

steamed bread looks lovely!! beautiful texture. I too have a walnut bread in my blog:)

bhags said...

Steam bread looks warm and nice....this is exactly the way we used to make cakes in our childhood when there were no ovens in the vicinity...:)

Pravs said...

Hi Asha : It's not a cake. It's a bread. It's not sweet like a cake.

Hi Anh : Thanks for the tip. But i have no idea what a bread improver is..have to check it out.

Hi Bee : Thanks :D

Hi Sharmi : Just checked your..beautiful one.

Hi Bhags : Yeah, i too was thinking on the same lines. Do post those recipes.

Priya Dilip said...

wow... if i can make bread with pressure cooker, its really cool.. thankx

Siri said...

Wow Pravs, such lovely walnut cake. the color is too good..:D Steam cooking a nice idea...and beautiful texture...:)

Laavanya said...

Cool! Steamed bread... who'd have thought of that?? Looks super good.

Roopa said...

just awesome! looks so moist and wonderfull :)

Sig said...

Wow, a steamed bread... what a great idea...i didn't even know that was possible... looks so moist..

Seena said...

Prave,
ugran! my mom used to make cake this way when we were kids..

Suganya said...

My mom used to bake using pressure cooker when there was no oven. The recipe rightly harnesses the efficiency of the cooker to steam w/o oil. The steam keeps the cake moist too. Thank you for reminding this long forgotten method!

Latha said...

amazing, Richa! i never thought of steamed bread.. and as Bee mentions.. .no oil, butter. I'm in awe:)

Happy cook said...

I never knew we could steam cook a bread.
It looks so good.And healthy too.

Sia said...

wow pravs... ~bows her head~ there is not a single drop of oil too... WOW!!!

Prajusha said...

pravs,
Wow..Wonderful ..
Nice idea of making bread in a pressure cooker...
will surely try this.

Shyam said...

I know you make steamed cakes, but steamed bread - wow! :) Brill!

Rajitha said...

wowie...yummy and healthy..looks just great!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Steaming is a great idea! I wieh there is some eggless recipe too!
Bread is looking great! Must have tasted good!:))

Pooja V said...

I hv same thots as sig. But i m hapy to know abt it. will try it n get back to u.

Mishmash ! said...

hey...this looks really good.....will give it a try soon...would have tried it today itself but i have only skim milk at home.....;) And, nice pic too...:)

shn

Kribha said...

Pravs, I love this awesome bread. Beautiful pics. I bet you had a nice breakfast.

Anh said...

Pravs, I am not sure if bread improver is available where you are. It helps to enhance the bread texture, but not necessary... I know bread improver is available in Australia and USA. per haps you can source it somehow? HTH.

Mansi Desai said...

Hey Pravs, that's a nice way to make bread, and its great being your first one! I loved your "simplyspicy" logos all around:)

TheCooker said...

Wow! Didn't know one could bake bread in a pressure cooker.

Jyothi said...

Really amazing and looks great with yummy texture. Unbelievable that its steamed. Great...thanks for sharing.

Superchef said...

looks very easy to make...lovely!!

zlamushka said...

wow, I ve never steamed a bread like this.. Very yummy, i can see myself having a slice for breakfast.

Pravs said...

Thanks to all of you, for checking out this post and for the comments.

Padma said...

Bread out of a cooker? thats really blowing my brain right now...you are incredible Prav! I will definetely try this soon

neroli said...

Wow.
Walnuts are a huge favorite of mine. (You're keeping me busy in the kitchen :-)

Mishmash ! said...

I tried this bread y'day and loved it for its simplicity. Easy & breezy and tasty too...deft'ly great for breakfast with a drizzle of maple syrup :)

Shn

Pravs said...

Mishmash : I am so glad you liked this bread. Thanks for this feedback shn :D

Anonymous said...

heyhi..i just want to ask whether i can use the normal simmering method or not? or i really need a pressure cooker ?

Pravs said...

Anonymous, i am not sure what simmering method is. Please use a pressure cooker and follow the exact procedure given.

All the best! said...

This looks wonderful and EASY! This is definitely something we can make on our boat. I'm going to post a blog that refers other sailors to this cool Walnut bread pressure cooker recipe.

Thanks!

All About Boats

Pravs said...

All the best : Thanks a lot for blogging about this walnut bread. I hope the bread comes out great when you try it out.Thanks again :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have only pressure cooker and don't have any separator comes along eith cooker how do you think i can make a cake please help me.

Pravs said...

Anonymous : This is not a cake recipe. It's walnut bread. The purpose of separator is - the utensil kept inside with batter to steam should not touch the cooker bottom. So you can keep any small flat utensil on which the batter utensil can sit on.

susmi said...

dear please make me sure that you used a bowl of crockery type as shown in pic. Usually we use metal only thats why i ask for clarification. Please answer me as i am excited to see your marvellous bread in my kitchen too.

Thanks susmi

maria . K said...

hi, pl let me know if I am right -
The first steam is without the vent and the second steam is with the vent?
pl clarify - thnks

Pravs said...

Maria - Yes, you are right. Do try and let me know, how it came out :)