Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Best Banana Bread....EVER!!

This is the best banana bread ever! I have tried many different recipes, and this is by far, the best ever! I made this oat streusel topping and it was just wonderful. For those of you, who prefer nuts in your banana bread.. sorry. No nuts in this one. Although, if you really wanted them, you could definitely add them.

Ingredients for bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups mashed banana (5 medium or 2 large)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

Streusel Oat Topping

4 heaping tablespoons of flour
3 heaping tablespoons of oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
Directions for steusel.
Combine all ingredients together with a fork, or your fingertips. Place in fridge to keep cold until ready to sprinkle over banana bread.

Directions for bread.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch pan; set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine eggs, banana, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Sprinkle streusel oat topping over top of batter.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Or... let cool just enough to slice and and butter...mmmm then, hide the rest of the bread so you don't have to share.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Devilish Delights

I had to change up the recipe for this. For some reason it wasn't working, and was way to wet to make nice cookie mounds. But, never fear, they are still pretty yummy. They are chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. With a splash of coffee liqueur. The good news is, they are yummy. The bad news is, I can't remember how much flour and cocoa powder I ended up adding. So these will be my one hit wonder this year.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chewy S'mores Bars

I wonderful camping favorite in an easy to make bar. Oh these are good. I mean, really good. Plus, the batter isn't have bad. Truth be told, it's a wonder the batter ever made it into bars. I found this recipe in my Better Homes Cookie magazine.

Chewy S'mores Bars

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup crushed graham crackers
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9x2in pan with foil. Lightly grease foil.

In large bowl beat butter and sugar until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour. Stir in oats and graham crackers.

Reserve 1 cup of oat mixture. Spread rest into pan. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle marshmallows and chocolate chunks over warm crust. Dot top with oat mixture. Bake 20 minutes.

Cool on wire rack in pan. Pull out uncut bars using foil. Cut into bars.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lemon Crescents

These came out pretty good. They weren't as sweet as I thought they would be, though. If you are looking for a lighter, less rich cookie, this is a good option.

Lemon Crescents

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, beat butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and lime juice until smooth. Beat in flour, salt and lemon peel.

Shape dough into crescent shapes, about 2 inches long. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges just turn brown.

Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar and cool on wire rack. Dust with more powdered sugar once cooled.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nana's Banana Cake

I love Nana's Apple Cake mix! It is so versatile. I had 2 bananas I needed to use, as they were very ripe. I thought, why not toss them into Nana's Apple Cake mix? I love the results!

Nana's Banana Cake with pecans

1 pkg Nana's Apple Cake mix
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs.
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x9 baking pan.

Beat smashed bananas and eggs to combine. Add cake mix and pecans. Beat until combined.
Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rhubarb Strawberry Thumbprint Squares

These are so flaky and yummy. Fairly easy to make too. I used Tastefully Simples Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread to fill the thumbprints and it gave them this wonderful tangy flavor.

Rhubarb Strawberry Thumbprint Squares

1 1/4 cups softened butter
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups flour
Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 15x10x1 jelly roll pan. Set aside.

Beat butter for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, beat until combined. Beat in egg and lemon extract. Beat in flour.

Press dough into bottom of pan. Using a pizza cutter cut 9 rows down, and 6 rows across. Make indentations on each square with thumb. Add small teaspoon of fruit spread.

Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool for 5 minutes. Then cut along lines with pizza cutter again. Cool on wire rack and dust with powdered sugar.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Absolutely Almond Cream Cheese Cookies

Absolutely Almond Cream Cheese Cookies. Ohh... If you like fluffy, light cookies, these are the cookies for you. This is a recipe from my Tastefully Simple website. I was looking for something super easy that used the Absolutely Almond Pound cake mix. I like this pound cake, but I love it even more as a cookie! Only thing I added, to the recipe, was the colored sugar sprinkles.

Absolutely Almond Cream Cheese Cookies

8 oz. pkg. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
1 egg
Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix

Combine first 2 ingredients; mix until smooth. Add egg; blend well. Stir in AA Cake Mix (may have to knead with hands until dough forms). Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 11-12 minutes or until cookies are light brown on bottom (cookies should not brown on top and will only flatten slightly). Cool on baking rack. Makes about 45 cookies.

Check my TS website for Absolutely Almond Cake Mix