November 17, 2008
Low fat Banana Brownie Pizza - Sensual yet casual
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Care for some dessert pizza with chocolate and bananas?
I have had some questions about whole wheat pastry flour recently, to answer those in short, you can find this is the flour aisle (or the speciality flour aisle) in the grocery store (in the US), or in the bulk section of the health food store. I am not sure about the availability in other countries.
They are a finer and lighter than the regular whole wheat flour, and can be used as healthier substitute for all purpose flour in cakes, cookies and brownies such as these. Sifting the flour gives a airier texture and feel to the end product, though not completely necessary.
Another point to note (like I have already mentioned) when making brownies, is not to use a hand mixer of any kind. Brownies are dense and chewy, unlike the cakes which are lighter. Using a hand mixer will only incorporate air into it which won't make for a perfect brownie.
Bananas in the batter add a light fruity aroma and taste to it, and with chocolate is it just the perfect sensual yet casual dessert pizza one could ask for.
Low fat Banana Brownie Pizza
For the banana brownie layer:
Whole wheat pastry flour - 1 cup
Melted semi sweet chocolate chips - 1/4 cup
Unsweetened cocoa - 1/4 cup
Nonfat dry milk powder - 1/4 cup
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Ripe banana - 1 large
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Egg - 1 large
Buttermilk - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tbsp
Bananas - Sliced
Heavy whipping cream - Whipped and chilled
Agave nectar - To drizzle
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a round cake tin and set aside.
Mix all the dry ingredients, whole wheat pastry flour, cocoa, milk powder and baking soda in a bowl.
In a food processor, combine banana, melted chocolate chips, sugar, egg, buttermilk, and vanilla till smooth.
Whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until combined, do not over mix.
Bake at 350F for 20-25 min or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Do not over bake.
Allow to cool completely. Top with whipped cream, and bananas and drizzle a little agave nectar (or honey would work fine too) on top. I added a wee bit of chopped chocolate as well.
Cut into pizza like wedges and indulge.
This goes to Aparna's Sweet celebrations and Mansi's Vegtarian Thanksgiving