Had some starting to look funky bananas around so made some Banana Bread tonight from an old 4H recipe book. Love community created cookbooks. Sadly, my eyes got a little off and read another recipes temperature so a little brown around the edges but yummy none the less. Maybe if I would've read the nice little tip: "put a small dish of water in the oven, to keep crust from getting too hard or brown" it would've been better. I also added half a bag of mini chocolate chips.
Heat oven to 325F. Grease loaf pan. Mix sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in large bowl with wooden spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into loaf pan. Bake until wooden pick comes out clean, about 60-70 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Then let cool completely before slicing.
I didn't wait too long to slice, warm bread was good on a cold night like tonight!
Next time may try muffins with the old bananas. What's your favorite bread/muffin flavor?
Welcome back! This time I'm going to share how to make some yummy Sea Salt Caramels!
Add sugar, corn syrup, 1 Cup of the cream, butter & 1/2 tsp Sea Salt into heavy saucepan. You'll want to use a large one as it will bubble up. Over med-high heat while stirring occasionally, bring to a boil. Meanwhile, warm the rest of cream in another saucepan. Once mixture has come to a boil, slowly stir in the warmed cream. Continue cooking but not stirring. It will bubble & brown. This takes a bit of time 30-45 minutes. Cook until candy thermometer reaches 242 degrees F/116 C or candy forms into soft ball when dropped into cold water.
Pour, don't scrape, into greased 9x13 pan. I used greased parchment paper to easily lift out. Sprinkle top with crushed sea salt. Once cooled, cut into 1.5 x .5 inch pieces and wrap with wax paper, then paper strips. Tuck into a cute container and give a yummy Holiday treat to someone sweet!
Here is a sheet of printable tags to use. Using a 1 1/2 inch scalloped circle punch looks too cute!
And don't forget to head over to Basement Chronicles at 7PM CST to see what Maya has in store for you!
Hot Cocoa Mix
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Can be stored in air-tight container for up to 3 months. To make Hot Cocoa add 1/2 Cup of mix to 8 oz. hot water.
I found this recipe and other fun Winter ideas here.
So on to our Ice Cream Cones! For each cone you will need:
Pour 1/2 C cocoa mix into first treat bag, making sure to fill all the way to the end of cone. Secure with small rubber band and cut off excess bag. Put into second treat bag, gently pushing rubber-band tip down. Then pour jimmies in and then marshmallows. Top with your choice of "cherry" and secure with twist tie with just a few twists, leaving some room to attach your tag.
And BIG thanks to Laura who at 2AM so kindly made me a tag so I could make this sheet for you to download, sized to fit within a 1 1/2 inch scalloped punch.
Give along with a cute Christmas mug & I think you have a sweet little gift!
Hope you are enjoying our blog hop and finding inspiration! Don't forget to check Basement Chronicles at 1PM to see what Holiday goodness Maya has for you!
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In mixer beat Cake Mix, Milk, Oil & Eggs until well blended. Fill mini cupcake holders about 3/4 full. Bake 18-22 minutes until lightly golden and cupcake springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on wire rack. Once cooled, spread a spoonful of Cool Whip and then top with Coconut. If not serving right away, chill. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Hope you try them! They are even good without a topping! Luckily, I left enough for the class!
Planning on seeing some Holiday Lights tomorrow, do you have any Holiday plans this weekend? Whatever your doing, I hope it's a good one!
And don't forget to visit tomorrow morning at 8AM CST for the kick-off of:
I decided to try some new cookies this year representing our family's heritage. First, I picked Zimtsterne or German Cinnamon Stars.
Then this Brandy Snaps recipe to represent the English ancestors.
And for the Norwegian side, this recipe for Rosettes.
Do you have a cookie you bake related to your heritage?
And don't forget to join me Saturday at 8AM CST for a day filled with creative Holiday crafts & recipes!
Getting that time to plan out cookie baking for the season. Last year I borrowed this book from the library, lots of good ideas. Yesterday I ordered another in the series, "A Baker's Field Guide to Holiday Candy & Confections". Can't wait to look through it!
Sites I have found are:
Mom's Who Think: Christmas Cookies Not only a Top 20 list but an extensive A-Z list.
While I'm always looking for some new treats to bake, of course there are "regulars". Cut-out Sugar Cookies to decorate, Fudge & Peanut Blossoms - which just all happen to be favorites - always make the list.
What is your favorite Holiday cookie?
Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday today!
Somehow among alI the other dishes I did find some time to bake some cupcakes. They aren't very fancy but they were tasty nonetheless. I got the recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes from Real Simple but made a Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting instead. Yum!
Instead of "Three for Thursday", I thought I would list three things I'm grateful for:
With Thanksgiving just around the corner (can you believe it?) I went on a search for some cupcakes for the holiday & was amazed at the artistry I found. I love the cupcake above - look at that pumpkin pie! Isn't it the cutest? I found her instructions here.
And this cute cupcake from Happiness in a Bite. Simply beautiful.
And one a bit more kid friendly. So cute! Tutorial by CakeSpy here.Hope you enjoyed seeing the festive cupcakey goodness!
Want to find some time next week to attempt one of these, thinking it won't be the first one! I tend to stick to the typical Thanksgiving dishes, so thought these would be fun & different until someday I venture out and try something a bit more creative.
Do you serve a non-Traditional Thanksgiving dish?
Got a craving for chocolate today.
In mug mix flour, sugar and cocoa, beat in egg. Then mix in milk, oil and a bit of vanilla. I also added a dash of cinnamon & some mini chocolate chips. Cook in 1000 watt microwave for 3 minutes.I have a smaller microwave so it took about 5 minutes.I topped with some whipped cream and just scooped it out from mug.