Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day!

To all you lads and lasses trying to find that perfect gift for your sweetie, look no further! A nice warm home-baked loaf of banana bread is the way to go! Well, normally I would say something chocolate like my chocolate cake with raspberry mascarpone filling, but that recipe will have to come later. Today's recipe is for my very special banana bread, with an optional topping:

Famous Banana bread:
Ingredients :

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3 1/2 bananas, very VERY ripe, mashed (i use my potato masher)
2 tablespoons sour cream (can also use creme fraiche)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped
(I usually use Pecans, which don't necessarily have to be toasted. These can be added into the batter or Tossed with a few TBS. of brown sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon to make a wonderful topping)

Set oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour the sides of a loaf pan.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Beat sugar and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes (or with kitchen-aid/mixer for 5-8 min). Drizzle in oil. Add mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients and nuts (if mixing in). Pour into a lined loaf pan (if making topping add now) and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Total Time: 
1hr 20 min
20 min

1 loaf

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pineapple Magic Cake?

 Fluffy cloud cake batter:
The Cake:
This is my first Pinterest Recipe, and I would also like to note that I have never attempted to make angel food cake from box or scratch before...
With very non-specific recipe directions from Pinterest and what seemed like oddly specific box directions on the cake mix, I set out on my magic cake journey.

1 Box Angel food cake mix
1 20oz can of Crushed pineapple in its own juice
Mix (this was pretty magical and looked like a bowl of clouds)
Bake @350 for 30 min in 9X13 (Here is where it probably would have been better to just follow the box directions) #1: DO NOT GREASE THE PAN
                #2: Use an angel-food cake pan so that when it's done baking you can turn it upside down so that your cake will not fall. (mine fell in the middle)

Taste test: Tasted like pineapple-angel food cake. Not really magical, but it was a sweet treat that is low in fat. (I guess this is a weight watchers recipe and even has a cool-whip/pudding frosting if you look for it online)
All in all not a bad first test for something from Pinterest.