Well, I can blame this unexpected break from blogging on my internet connection,the computer which crashed suddenly,shifting accomodation,settling down with two kids blah ...blah ...blah.The only good thing that happened with me during these two months was that we shifted into a bigger house and all the extra stuff that was lying for years in those boxes are out and breathing some fresh air and yes how can I forget to mention that now I enjoy my tea and the goan monsoon relaxing in my verandah,the rains lashing trying to spoil the peaceful feeling,the balmy breeze tingling your face and watching the sudden sprout of greenery all around....so therapeutic for the mind ,body and the soul. A respite from the hot weather,the bonding of the family over some hot pakodas ,chai and a game of scrabble ,a ride on the sleek ,flashy Ninja (Biplab is a passionate biker and this is the new addition to our family)in the rains with my better half ...thats what rains are for me.So now everybody knows what I was upto these last few days.....so I shouldn't be cribbing about the net connection and the computer!!!!
This nutty prune cake was baked during one of those balmy rainy evenings and got wiped out within minutes.The cinnamon and the peanut butter combo imparted a nice unique flavour to the cake.The wholemeal flour with the nuts and prunes make it a healthy cake for the children,a must try and a sure hit!
125 g (4 oz) butter
1/4 C crunchy peanut butter
1/2 C sugar
1 C wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking pwdr
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped prunes
Beat together butter,peanut butter and sugar until creamy.
Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
Stir in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk and beat until smooth.
Lastly add prunes and beat well.
Place in a greased and lined loaf tin or a slab tin and bake in a moderate oven(170 or 180 deg C) 40-50 mins until cooked.If desired, sprinkle with 1/2 C finely chopped walnuts before baking.Leave in tin few mins before turning out.