Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Banana Bread

My mom dropped off a bag of frozen banana's on Sunday morning.  So what is a girl to do?  Make banana bread of course! 

The mini loves are banana chocolate chip and the medium loaves are banana apple cranberry bread. 

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a mini loaf pan.
2.  Mix together butter and sugar until fully combined.
3.  Add eggs and vanilla extract.  Mix well.
4. Add mashed bananas and mix until completely combined.
5.  In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon.
6.  Slowly incorporate the dry mixture with the wet mixture.  Do not over mix!
7.  Pour batter into prepared mini loaf pans.  Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until top is golden and a toothpick test comes out clean.
8.  Cool in pan for about 10 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Banana, apple, raisin, cranberry bread
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tablespoon + 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup cranberries, dried
1 Fuji apple, grated
3 large bananas, mashed

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 2 medium loaf pan
2.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Mix well and set aside.
3.  Combine eggs, milk, oil, vanilla extract, grated apple, and mashed bananas.  Mix well.
4.  Add in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.  Mix until combined.
5.  Add in dried cranberries.
6.  Pour into prepared baking pan.  Bake for about 45 minutes.

I haven't baked in a long time.  Felt good to bake.  Soothes the soul.  Now that baby girl is older I may start to bake again.

Keep baking friends!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Brownie Red Velvet Smores Bars

These bars are time consuming but so worth the work to make them.  So rich, so chewy, so... yummy!

This is a recipe that you want to make sure you have milk in refrigerator before making. 

I love the way the bars look when you cut into them. 

Brownie Red Velvet Smores Bars
Recipe from Picky Palate

-1 brownie mix, 9x13 size
-graham cracker, about 7 sheets
-1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
-2 cups mini marshmallows
-7 oz sweetened condensed milk (1/2 can)
-1 box red velvet cake mix
-1/2 cup butter, unsalted
-1 egg, large
-3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
2.  Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.  Pour into bottom of prepared baking dish.
3.  Layer with sheets of graham crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows and drizzle evenly with sweetened condense milk.
4.  Mix red velvet cake mix, melted butter, egg, and vegetable oil until dough forms.  Dough will be thick.  With a cookie scoop, scoop dough over marshmallow layer.  Press dough so it's flattened and marshmallow layer is not showing.
5.  Bake for 40-45 minutes until baked through.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares to serve. 

Love love love the way these taste.  I would say this is a great bar to bring to a pot luck party.

Keep baking friends!