Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 09:03

Banana Bread

This is a spin off My Mom's Best Banana Bread recipe.  I changed a few things and made it a bit more healthier by reducing the oil amount and increasing the banana amount.  This banana bread is moist but not too oily, sweet but not too sugary and very banana flavored.

My Banana Bread

3 large ripe bananas, mashed (the browner the better)
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Banana Bread

1) lightly grease a loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper 
2) In a large bowl, mix mashed banana's, sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla until well combined
3) Sift and mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
4) Pour into prepared pan
5) Bake at 350F for 50-60min or until loaf springs back when touched or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
6) Cool in pan then eat warm ot store in fridge and enjoy!

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 16:39

Pumpkin Bread

I like pumpkin bread because its smooth, light, full of flavor, and easy to make.  I never made a pumpkin bread before so I searched a few recipes online and come up with this one which turned out to be pretty good.  The texture is similar to banana bread but the flavor is like a spice loaf.  You can eat it warm or keep it in the fridge and serve it cold (my boyfriend likes to eat it cold with butter on it!)  I sprinkled raw sugar on top of the loaf before baking it and it gave it a nice crispy topping but you can leave it plain and it tastes just as good.

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 Cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
4 Large eggs
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1/2 Cup butter, melted
1/2 Cup water
2 1/2 Cups white granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 (15-16 ounce) can pumpkin

Pumpkin Bread

1) Preheat oven to 350F and grease two loaf pans
2) In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice
3) In a large bowl whisk together eggs, then mix in oil, melted butter, sugar, water, and vanilla until well combined
4) Stir canned pumpkin into wet ingredients until well combined
5) Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just combined (batter might be lumpy but that is OK)
6) Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 55-65min or until toothpick inserted comes out clean
7) Let loafs cool in pan for 30min then enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010 - 17:27

Sticky Buns

I found this recipe for ninety minute cinnamon rolls on AllRecipes website a few years ago and made them without any alterations to the recipe.  They were a good alternative recipe to have for a cinnamon roll but I thought the dough was a bit chewy rather than flakey/soft, so I thought, 'why not make them even chewier and gooier with added stickiness?'.  I followed the recipe exactly except for a few sticky alterations. I decided to increase the amount of cinnamon to 1/4 Cup instead of 1 Tbsp and used butter instead of margarine (but I think both work well).  I also changed the baking method; instead of using muffin cups, I used two pie dishes with 6 rolls in each.

Sticky Buns

 But before I added the rolls into the pie plates, I filled them with 1/2 Cup melted butter and 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar mixed together into each pan and then placed the rolls on top before baking.  Once baked I let the rolls sit in the pans for a few minutes then inverted them onto a plate and ate them warm! These sticky buns were definately chewy, gooey and delicious! They were best right out of the oven or re-heated up the next day with a big glass of milk. Enjoy!


Friday, March 26, 2010 - 09:43

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Good Morning!  What better way to start your day off then with a big old plate of pancakes smothered with bananas and maple syrup!  These pancakes were soft, moist and sweetly delicious.  I decided to make them a little more on the healthier side of things to start my day off lighter (but I guess it doesn't really doesn't matter if I'm just going to eat them with lots of butter and syrup, YUM!).  I like to add the bananas to the batter after pouring it onto the pan because I find if you mix them into the batter before cooking them they tend to get too mushy.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 00:28

Chive and Cheddar Biscuits

I have been a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman for a long time now but I spend more time drooling over her site rather than baking from her site.  But, I decided to stop pinning over her recipes and finally make one of them for myself to enjoy!  I was working the morning shift at work this week so I decided I would make something savory rather than sweet.  I decided on making the Pioneer Woman's Bacon Onion Cheddar Biscuits because I thought they would go perfect with everyone's morning coffee's. 

Friday, August 21, 2009 - 17:04

Classic Banana BreadThis is a classic banana bread recipe with no fancy flavorings or add in's, just a simple delicious quick bread.  It was esay to make and tasted very delicious.  My favorite way to eat banana bread is to heat it in the microwave and serve it with ice cream but my boyfriend likes to cut thick slices and spread butter on it.  Either way, this banana bread is moist and full of banana flavor.  Give it a try and you won't be dissapointed.

Classic Banana Bread

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 15:44

Cranberry Orange Scones for Mother's DayIt's almost Mother's Day and as I've mentioned before my mom is obsessed with scones, she probably has about 20 different scones in her freezer right now.  I thought a big batch of scones to add to her freezer collection would be a perfect idea for a Mother's Day present.  I got the recipe from All Recipes while searching for Mother's Day desserts and I knew I just had to try it for my mom because of all the great reviews.  I decided to add whole frozen cranberries and a bit of orange zest and juice to the recipe to give my mom a new flavor to add to her collection. 

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 00:30

Sugar and Spice BiscuitsI thought these biscuits were so beautiful when they come out of the oven that I was drawn to make them because of their unique fan shape.  I got this recipe from my Better Homes and Gradens: Cook Healthy Today Cookbook.  The little sweet biscuits are only 121 calories and 4g of fat each, which isn't too bad for a sweet treat.  The biscuits were easy enough to make, as well as fast, and I had fun making them into their fun shapes.  They had great crispy biscuit texture on the outside and nice soft center with great sugar and cinnamon flavor.  I would make these again for a quick treat to serve with tea or coffee if company was coming over.  I was also thinking they would

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 19:50

Cinnabon Cinnamon RollsIf you have never tried a Cinnabon cinnamon roll before then you must immediately go to your closest Cinnabon and get one or make this recipeCinnabon cinnamon rolls are so soft in texture that they just melt in your mouth and they have such great sweet flavor that you can't not love them.  Once I made them I was just going to sample a piece of one but I couldn't resist the goodness and ended up eating a whole one to myself  This recipe is not only good and taste exactly like a Cinnabon roll but its also really easy and quick to make. 

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 14:06

Chocolate Chip Banana BreadThis is, hands down, my all time favorite banana bread recipe.  When I was growing up my mom would always make this and double the recipe to make two loafs and by the end of the day we would already be cutting into the second loaf.  It's definitely not a low fat banana bread recipe but that's what makes it so moist and delicious and I ALWAYS add chocolate chips to it no matter what!  It has a great banana chocolate flavor (especially if you use very ripe bananas) and the texture is so moist it just melts in your mouth.  This recipe taste great the day you bake it, or the next day, or in the fridge, or warmed in the microwave, or even straight from the freezer (this recipe freezes well just wrap it tightly in cling wrap then tightly in tin foil and should last up to months).  I gave my boyfriend a loaf of this on Valentine's Day and he rated it as one of his top banana bread's (right after his own mom's of coarse).  My favorite was to eat two slices warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Whats your favorite way to eat banana bread..?

Chocolate Chip Banana BreadChocolate Chip Banana Bread

2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 Cup walnutes, chopped

1) Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a loaf pan (If you double the recipe, spray 2 loaf pans)
2) In a large bowl, mix mashed banana's, sugar, eggs, and oil until well combined
3) Sift and mix in flour, and baking soda
4) Stir in chocolate chips (and walnuts if desired)
5) Bake at 350F for 50-60min or until loaf springs back when touched or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
6) Cool in pan then store in fridge and enjoy!