Otherwise my weekend involved milkshakes from Starlite diner--the only establishment I've found, so far, that serves real milkshakes and not the foamy, liquidy "milk cocktails" like most restaurants in Moscow-- pizza (from a new-ish restaurant called Montalto which I will write about in a separate post; here is one review), Old Arbat, and baking.
In another kitchen experiment, I tweaked the no-sugar-added banana bread recipe just a little, with excellent results
- 3 medium-small bananas, mashed
- About 1/2 cup apricot varen'ye (jam) and applesauce
- 1/4 sour cream
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar (since vanilla extract doesn't exist here)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1.5 cups flour
I combined all those things in the order listed and baked in a well-greased 9"x5" bread pan at 325F (~160C) for about an hour and 10 minutes. This bread has a chewier texture and rich flavor, but none of the ingredients are especially prominent. I prefer this one to the last one.