I had so many frozen banana's in my freezer that it was getting a little too ridiculous so I decided to finally use them once and for all and have a banana day! I made a Toffee Banana Bread and Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, both using the same recipe but with different moderation's. The original recipe was different from the recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook but decided to follow the online recipe instead because of the good reviews.
I've been on the search for a while trying to find a good fudgey brownie. Everywhere I looked I kept hearing raves about the Barefoot Contessa's Outrageous Brownies by Ina Garten, so I knew I just had to try them. I did a half version of the recipe (which is posted below) and had to change a few ingredients around because I didn't even realize that I was missing so many of the ingredients when I started to make them. Instead I used shortening to replace the butter, used half white sugar and half brown sugar, and used a little less coffee powder than it called for.
I found this recipe for cinnamon flop cake (which is also called cinnamon brunch cake) on RecipeZaar and was drawn to it because of all the rave reviews and easyness of it, so I decided to make it. I admit the cake was super fast and easy to make but it just didn't have quite the texture I was hoping for (Maybe I mixed it too much, or not enough, or didn't add enough toppings...?). It was a bit on the dry side and it wasn't as fluffy as I would have preferred for a light brunch cake, but it still had a really nice cinnamon and brown sugar flavor combination.
I've been meaning to go and buy a candy thermometer lately so I can try a bunch of recipes I've found but just haven't got around to it. So, in the meantime I found a quick and easy simple fudge recipe from my Better Homes and Garden cookbook that I thought I would try. I made two different versions (I posted both versions below) because I couldn't make up my mind which type I would prefer.