Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Banana Bread, such a simple and easy recipe, with variations abounding.

Sarah Kieffer’s recipes never disappoint and her Banana Bread recipe is no exception.  The light texture, not to sweet flavour, dark flecks of ripe banana and the moistness of this bread are sure to make it’s way into your heart and belly.  It is now my ‘Go To’ recipe and after you give it a whirl I bet it will be your ‘Go To’ as well.

Sarah’s recipe calls for 1/2 cup of toasted and chopped pecan halves but I subbed in 1/2 cup butterscotch chips plus 1/2 cup of walnuts.  If you prefer chocolate chips go ahead and add them in or leave out any additions.  Make sure your bananas are nice and ripe and have your butter and eggs at room temperature for best results.

This delicious recipe is from Sarah’s The Vanilla Bean Baking Book.

Banana Bread

Grease an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan and line with overhanging parchment paper for easy removal.  Preheat oven to 350F.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (approximately 3)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

Method:

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and pecans.

In a medium bowl combine bananas, sour cream and vanilla.

In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium until creamy.  Add the sugars and beat on medium until light and fluffy.  Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.  Add the eggs and mix on medium until combined.  Add the flour mixture and mix on low until almost incorporated.  Add the banana mixture and mix on low until combined.

Scrape down sides of bowl and finish mixing with spatula until completely combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 45 to 55 minutes until the top is dark brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool 20 minutes and remove from pan to cool completely.

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Black Bottom Coconut Bars

Black Bottom Coconut Bars

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These bars are somewhat crumbly when you cut them up but since they are so delicious and full of flavours including chocolate, walnut, coconut and butterscotch overlooking a few extra crumbs is easy.

Put these on your holiday baking list to share with co-workers or take along to an upcoming get together.  Hard to believe it’s holiday baking time…but seems Christmas isn’t too far away.  Time to start making your holiday baking list!

Black Bottom Coconut Bars

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment or foil coated with cooking spray.

Crust:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

Combine flour and sugar together in a medium bowl.  Add in the butter and chocolate and mix together until blended.  Press into bottom of the 9-inch pan.  Bake for 15 minutes until set.

Filling:

2 eggs

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 cups flake or shredded coconut

1 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs until thick and light in colour.  Beat in the sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in vanilla.

Mix flour and baking powder together and fold into the egg mixture.  Stir in coconut butterscotch chips and walnuts.

Spread over the baked crust and return to oven to bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.

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Cool, cut and enjoy.

 

 

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

White Chocolate P.B. Bars
White Chocolate P.B. Bars

Hmmm, I seem to be on a bit of a peanut butter chocolate bend these last few posts.  So I will make sure to switch it up for the next one.  These 3 layer bars are definitely not for the faint of heart as it is a combination of all things sweet.  Although upon sampling a few I must say I didn’t get that ‘OMG my teeth hurt from all the sugar’ I was sort of expecting.  These treats are layered with chocolate crumbs, toffee bits, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and chocolate melted with whipping cream.

Entertainment Tonight was on while I was prepping for these bars and I am not sure about you but isn’t this Kim & Kanye stuff just a little too much.  I mean how much money do you have to spend to convince the world you are in love.  If you are really in love do you spend all your energy convincing everyone else you are?  Seems to me you are so busy being in the lovey dovey stage everyone knows you are over the moon in love.  I know the media gets blamed for snapping photos, etc. but did photographers sneak into the venue or were they allowed in to make sure this event was splashed all over the world. It is so out of proportion with what they actually do.  It’s not as if they are out saving the world or finding a cure for rare childhood diseases or even bringing attention to the plight of the homeless (although to be fair I’m sure they do give to charity).

For a man who is supposed to be so private Kanye certainly knew what he was doing when he released the photo of Kim in that shockingly horrible white swimsuit…if a photo of my butt looking that huge got out I’d be mortified.  I think the point of the photo and his comments were to convince us that he really is heterosexual.  His voice is a little high pitched for my liking, but hey, that’s just my opinion. It all seems way to staged and showy.  What a waste of time and money especially when we all know the odds of this union standing the test of time are slim to none.  ( Yes, I do realize we all need our entertainment and something to watch but I prefer the Real Housewife sagas.)  Do you honestly think 3 times will be the charm for Kimmy.   Perhaps this show of commitment and love takes the spotlight off the 2 disintegrating marriages in the Kardashian/Jenner family and keeps the revenue pouring in.  But to look at their extravagant spending in a ‘the jar is half full’  frame of mind they sure did have to spend a lot of money on all the little people to make their magic moments happen. And I suppose those thousands and milliions in turn fuel the economy, right.  So I guess really it is a win win.  I get to complain about them, you can be entertained by them and the U.S. economy gets a little kick start.

Well, it is time for my extravagant evening to begin with my sweet treat and a cup of tea.

Step 1-Chocolate crumbs, melted butter, egg, sugar, toffee bits
Step 1-Chocolate crumbs, melted butter, egg, sugar, toffee bits

For Base:

1/2 cup butter melted

1 tablespoon sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs

1 cup toffee bits

9 x 9 square pan lined with parchment

Combine all of the ingredients except the toffee chips and spread into prepared pan.  Bake in 350F oven for about 12 minutes and remove from oven.  Sprinkle toffee chips over top and let cool.

Base layer topped with toffee bits. Ready to chill.
Base layer topped with toffee bits. Ready to chill.
Step 2 - combine and melt these 4 ingredients for filling
Step 2 – combine and melt these 4 ingredients for filling

Filling:

Combine 2 tablespoons of custard powder, 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips, 1 cup of white chocolate chips and 1 cup of peanut butter.  Combine and melt together, either in microwave or over double boiler.

Spread over chilled base and smooth.  Return to fridge to firm up.

Filling spread over base awaiting ganache
Filling spread over base awaiting ganache
Step 3-Chocolate Ganache spread over chilled bars
Step 3-Chocolate Ganache spread over chilled bars

Topping:

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips)

Heat whipping cream to almost boiling and pour over chocolate.  Let sit a couple of minutes then stir until smooth.  Spread over bars.

Chill.  Cut into squares and enjoy.