Banana Bread

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I found this recipe for banana bread on Facebook.

I loved that it used honey in place of sugar and apple sauce in place of oil.  It also used the whole wheat flour that I’ve been trying to use for baking instead of the regular flour.  This is the first time I’ve had banana bread made with wheat flour and I’ll say that it’s very good.

If you’re a banana bread fan and want to try to make it a different way, give this a try!

I was on my lunch break today when I was making this and my mom had never heard of making bread with apple sauce or honey.  I’ll have to call her tomorrow and let her know she should make this!!  Eat it fresh out of the oven and it’s really good.  I didn’t have any butter on it either!!  Trying to eat good can be hard sometimes but you don’t have to sacrifice either.  (even though I didn’t go to Zantigo this Sunday after church!!)

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Just having the kids walk in the door and ask what smelled so good was worth it today!!  Puts a nice smile on your face.

Enjoy!!

Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Banana Bread
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  2. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

I set my timer for 60 minutes and I could smell it in my office before it went off…It took a little less than the time stated.  So make sure you set your timer if you’re away from the kitchen!!

Enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Source

Facebook – Mary Stone (someone posted it on their page and I shared)

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Mixed Berry Crumb Bars

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Today was one of the first days this summer that I’ve shut off the air and opened the windows.  So what did I decide to do?  Turn the oven on and bake!!!

Brown Eyed Baker made a Blueberry Crumb Bars that I got today and they looked so good.  I had some mixed berries in my freezer and decided to see how it would turn out with a variety of fruit!  I almost doubled the recipe and when I when I went to see what more I had in the freezer, I found a full bag of blueberries!  So I mixed them in with the raspberries and strawberries.

Last night I did some of my grocery shopping and usually grab a bag of lemons to add to my water but this time decided on using limes.  So we’ll see how that turns out with the berries!  I’m not usually one to add or change much when baking because of my comfort zone, but it’s what I had so I went with it.  I don’t know if I’ll ever have a “comfort zone” when it comes to baking but we’ll see!

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When I first turned on my oven, I could smell pizza crumbs that must have fallen earlier this week!!!  Now my house has this fabulous smell!!   Of baked berries!!

I love getting recipes every day from Michelle.  She makes some pretty amazing desserts/meals.  I’m just happy when I can bake something and it turns out to be pretty good!

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Now I may have to turn the air back on!!  Just kidding…

Mixed Berry Crumb Bars
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Patricia
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • For the Crumb:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg
  • For the Berry Filling:
  • 4 cups frozen berries
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Juice of two limes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. Make the Crumb: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter, and then the egg (the dough will be crumbly). Press half of dough into the prepared pan.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and lime juice. Gently fold in the blueberries to coat evenly with the sugar mixture. Spread the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust, drizzling any excess juice in the bowl over the filling. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the berry layer.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is light golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

 

 

Have a great rest of the week…

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Source:

Brown Eyed Baker

Reece’s Chewy Chocolate Cookies

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This past weekend I was in the mood to do baking.  I had seen a picture online somewhere of pull apart cookies.  I googled and searched all over for a recipe and could not find one.  I thought I had saved the recipe to my bookmarks, but I did not.

I went to the store and was trying to think of what type of cookie to make.  I saw the Reece’s bag and thought this was a good one to try.  I did use my first batch in a glass baking dish for the pull apart cookies.

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They looked as though they turned out good, but when I tried to pull them apart, the middle was a bit undercooked or gooey!!  So I made the rest of the dough into cookies!!!

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup Hershey Cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 and 1/4 cup (2 – 1/2 sticks)butter  or margarine, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 and 2/3 cups (10 0z pkg) Reece’s Peanut Butter Chips

How to:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.  Gradually add flour mixture, beating well.   Stir in peanut butter chips.

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Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased  cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes (do not overbake, cookies will be soft).  They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling (which I didn’t realize until reading through the package directions the 2nd time).  Cool completely.

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This was a great chocolate cookie.  I wondered what it would taste like without the cocoa in it.  I’ll try next time and see what the outcome is.  I know I’ve searched for white cocoa (not even sure if it exists – the baker that I am) but I bet it’s just as good!

 I felt like I was dipping my chocolate in a jar of peanut butter.  These were pretty good.

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Great treat.  They were nice and chewy too!  I hope I run across the pull apart cookie recipe again.  Or if someone knows of a recipe, let me know.

Have a great week.

Two Girls Cooking – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Source

Reece’s Peanut Butter Chip package

Apple Cheesecake

I have always admitted that baking is my weak spot.  I am getting better and braver as time goes on, and I will usually go to one of my favorite blogs to find something to make.  But I decided to make something very simple on my own.  Everyone loves cheesecake in our house, so I thought that would be the easiest thing to try.

I’m going to say that this was one of the worst looking pies we’ve seen in our house.  BUT it was one of the best tasting too!!!!!  I was afraid to blog it at first because my pictures were a bit scary to me, but I thought I have to share the good with the bad.  And Craig said so himself, it looks so gross, but it tastes super good!!  So here it is.  My first super easy pie that I put together.

What I used:

1 pre-made graham cracker pie crust

1 80z cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)

1 egg – 1 egg white

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp almond extract

1 can apple pie filling

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

4 tbs unsalted butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

What to do:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and sugar until mixed together.  Add one egg at a time until blended well.   Add the Almond Extract and mix.  Add cream cheese filling to a pie pan.

In a medium sized bowl add the apple pie filling, the cinnamon and ground cloves and combine together.  Pour over the cream cheese filling.

In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, flour and butter until you get a crumble.  Put pieces of the crumble over the top of the pie and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cream cheese is set.

I think I should have baked the cream cheese filling for a bit before adding the apple filling and the crumble to the top.  The cream cheese started to rise a bit too much and I took it out before the center was firm.  I did set it in the fridge over night and it did firm up.  The cloves added such a good flavor to the apples.

I’m glad I gave this a try.  I was so nervous as first trying to come up with something that wasn’t in a cook book or from another blog.  And I’m sure there is something similar out there to this, but I can actually say I sure made this up and it was good.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 🙂

Red/White/Blue Cupcake Poppers

Happy 4th of July to you all.

It’s going to be at least 100 degrees today with the heat factor.  So stay at home, turn up the air (hoping you have it) and bake!  Bake some red/white/blue cupcake poppers.

I’ll admit, I cheated big time with this.  My intent was not to stop at the store and buy the box cake or the can of frosting.  However, I have been so busy with kids, sports, and keeping up with house stuff that I just gave in and thought, what the heck.   These will look good no matter if they were home made or from a dang box!

I have to laugh because when Craig came home and tasted the cupcakes, he asked me what I did differently when I made these.  I had a little giggle inside as I listened to him tell me these were the best that I’ve made.  A little ego buster but nonetheless, a smile appeared on my face.  After he finished giving his praises I told him to open the cabinet and see the extra box of cake mix.  He laughed and called me a cheater.

No, I’m not a cheater, I just wanted to make something fun with the kids and post it in time for July 4th!!

What you need:

1 box of Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake mix

1 can of Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla frosting

Red/Blue food coloring

How to:

Mix the cake batter according to the box.  Pour 1 tbs of batter (colored blue in one bowl and red in another and the vanilla in yet another bowl) into small muffin tin pans.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely and cut off top off cupcakes.  Use the bottoms for snack time for another day!!  I piped the whipped frosting onto each top of the cupcake and add the other top to form a small little cake!!!  (I think the whipped frosting may not be as thick as I wanted).

These fun little things, if you get creative can be made for a bridal shower, a kids birthday or for the forth of July!

Be safe, have fun, enjoy the fireworks with your friends/family.  Stay cool.

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free – Thomas Jefferson

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker