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 😉

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

“Lofthouse” Cookies for Santa

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Christmas Eve is just a couple of days away.  I’ll admit, I wasn’t in the baking mood this year.  I had went to Jodi’s house and got a container of cookies, toffee and other goodies to leave out for Santa.  BUT, I knew my grandkids needed to make the cookies and decorate them themselves for Santa.  It just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t.

I thought for sure we had a sugar cookie recipe on our own site that we use each year for christmas baking, but I just didn’t find it.  And I’m thinking I didn’t find it because I needed to make these instead.  I got to Target at least 4 times per week.  I walk past the Lofthouse cookies and so want to buy them.  Most times I don’t but I did last week.  Not for me of course, but for the kids (ok I had one).  But these cookies are so good.  So when I went to my go to site for a recipe (Brown Eyed Baker) the first one that came up was this one.  I HAD TO MAKE THESE.

Let me say that I did buy a pack of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough JUST in case I may have needed it!  Yay for me, I didn’t.  These turned out really well.  Not quite as sweet as the store bought ones but pretty dang good.    BEB did have a recipe for the frosting in her site as well but I made a different cream cheese frosting (click this link to see how I made it).  The only reason I made the cream cheese frosting is because I didn’t have Heavy Cream and had no intentions of running back to the store again.

I’m not going to  say that these were easy to make.  It’s not hard to make them, it’s just me that is a bit on edge when trying to bake something new.  Especially when they’re for Santa, the big event you know.  There’s a lot riding on these cookies for the big guy.  If he didn’t like them, well then that could determine what he left under the tree!

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Yep, I added the first bit of flour for the cookies and of course it flew out all over.  I had to laugh and capture this on camera!  Not pretty in here at that time at all, but I had fun!  It landed on my feet and all!!!

IMG_7788Here’s the dough just waiting in the fridge patiently for me to take out and roll it out.

IMG_7789One of my issues with making dough for these kinds of cookies is that the dough always sticks to my rolling pin or the counter and I get frustrated and just use the pre made stuff from the store.  But this time I had great success.  Not sure what I did different but I only had it stick to the counter a bit and after I added a bit more flour it was just fine.

IMG_7791They turned out just perfect!!!!!!

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Next up?  The frosting.  I used the cream cheese frosting not just because I didn’t have the Heavy Cream and didn’t want to go to Target, but it’s one of our favorite here!!!

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Here’s the green bowl!

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IMG_7803Doubtful that this batch will last until Tuesday night.  Good thing I save a lot of them just in case.

Brooklyn helped a bit and frosted some of the cookies for Santa.

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Her finished product.

I should have some left over to bring to our Christmas Eve dinner!!

This year has gone by fast.  Times have changed, the kids have grown older, but one thing remains the same.  I’m very blessed to have a home to take care of my grandkids that have come to be with me.  Most have this time to spend on their own after their kids have grown doing what they want.  I’ve chosen to give up that freedom and take in kids and give them love and a home.  I may not be perfect and I may not always do the right things but I have faith that God will provide for us as He has for the past 7 years.  I’m thankful at this time of the year that I can not only give the gifts that will be opened on Christmas day but the gift of what Christmas is truly about.

May your home be blessed with love, hope and joy this holiday season.

From our home to yours…Happy Holidays.  May the new year bring your hopes and dreams to reality.

“Lofthouse” Cookies for Santa
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Patricia
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 37 mins
Ingredients
  • For the Cookies:
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups sour cream
Instructions
  1. DIRECTIONS:
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough will be a bit “sticky”. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1½ inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least two hours until firm.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  6. Flour the countertop and the top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cook cookies completely before frosting.
  7. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Brown Eyed Baker

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

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My aunt Judy and uncle Ken are moving to a warmer destination.  For their going away party, I made a Tres Leches Cake (milk cake).

Since I had never made this cake before, it was suggested that I try a piece before others taste it.  You know, to make sure it’s good!  And it was.  Very good.  Moist, which is what the milk did!!

I don’t think I’m going to get to show a picture of the cake on a plate, unless I take it at the party!  Which may be a great idea now that I think about it!!

I was asked if it was a good idea to bring a cake that I had never had before to a party!  So I did cut a piece and make sure that it was party suitable.   It is.

Very easy to make.  The frosting on top, love it.

Here’s my aunt Judy and me at the party!!

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And my Uncle Ken, Aunt Judy and my cousin Camille.

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And Camille made some pretty awesome cupcakes for the party too!!!

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How cute are those?  And they tasted pretty dang good.

Well, Judy and Ken will be off to their next journey in life!!  I’m excited for them.  My plan is to visit…often.  Judy said I could.  Hoping you remember that!!!

I love you Aunt Judy and Uncle Ken.  Many blessings on your new adventure.

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  4. Cream butter or margarine and the 1 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 tablespoons at a time; mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
  7. Combine the whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake.
  8. Whip whipping cream, the remaining 1 cup of the sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla together until thick. Spread over the top of cake. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated, enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Caramel Apple Pie Fudge

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Oh my goodness.  If you love fudge, you must try this.  I had made this a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t turn out so well.  I used white chocolate chips instead of white baking squares.  So this time it settled and tasted ah-mazing!!!

I mentioned that we got home grown apples from Khali’s grandparents last week but this recipe called for dried apples.  So we just keep eating those nummy apples for our snack right now!  I’ll come up with another recipe soon for those apples.

In the past few years I’ve grown to love, love, love sweets.  Not sure when this happened.  And I’m not sure if I’m ok with it.  Oh I do love eating it, I’m just not sure if I should be eating it.  Sitting down with a pan of this fudge is dangerous.  We have a saying that we have at work:  Stay strong or indulge completely.  Well I’ve tried my best to stay strong with sweets.  Some days are just harder than others.  And fudge is a favorite of mine.

The last time I made this I didn’t let the white chocolate melt completely.   So try again and hope for success.  Which is is!!!!

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The chocolate baking bars instead this time.

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Caramel.  Need I say anymore?  Nope.

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Pour the caramel over the top and use a knife to swirl it in.  Oh yum.

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I sprinkled some cinnamon on the top before putting it in the fridge.  Wow, this so good.

You have to try it if you love fudge.  Well you should just try it because it’s good!!!  Enough said.  Just saying.

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Of course you have to add a bit more caramel for your own piece.  No one will know!

Enjoy your day and bake away!!

Caramel Apple Pie Fudge
Recipe Type: Fudge
Author: Patricia
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • • 3 cups sugar
  • • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • • 3/4 cup dried apple, finely diced
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • • 1/4 cup caramel
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper (13×9 inch pan if you like your fudge thinner.) Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan combine the first four ingredients, bring to a rolling boil and stir continuously for 4 minutes (because the mixture burns easily.) Remove from heat.
  4. Add white chocolate, dried apple, vanilla, and spices; blend well, stirring for several more minutes until chocolate is completely dissolved. Pour into baking dish. Heat Dulche de Leche in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to loosen. Drizzle or drop dollops around in the baking dish and swirl through with a dull knife for a marbled effect.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or overnight), until hardened.
  6. Remove parchment paper from pan and place on cutting board. Cut into squares.
  7. To store: fudge should be refrigerated, in a covered container, for up to one week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Very Culinary 

Apple Cream Cheese Bread

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Apple.  Cream Cheese  Bread.  Fall has hit here in MN.  We went from being in the high 70s a week ago and now we’re in the 50s.  And we know what’s coming next.  I won’t say it but we know!!!

This is my favorite time of the year.  Not only do I love the colors you see when driving down the street, but cooking seems to be easier to do when you can turn on the oven.  I love grilling.  I love the hot and sun, but I also love what this season brings.

This past weekend was little Miss Khali’s 2nd birthday.   We traveled to WI and got a huge bucket of apples that came from her grandparent’s backyard!!

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Can’t get any better than home made bread with some fresh home grown apples!!!

I made this on my lunch break and had it baking in the oven when the kiddo’s got home from school today.  I was so hoping this would put them in a good mood.  Yay, it worked.

We were supposed to have our football dinner tonight but it was changed to next week.  So back to Taco Tuesday it was.  Now Tacos and Apple bread may not sound like it goes well together, but it does.  And it really didn’t matter.  We ate half the loaf!

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Getting the cream cheese portion ready.

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This bread batter was pretty thick.  But the cream cheese made it just right.  I was a bit worried on how the bread would turn out.  I’ve learned not to shy away from these types of recipes but I do still sit and worry if it’s going to turn out okay.  When the kids like it, usually I can assume it a success.

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Apples in bread!!!!

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After pouring the cream cheese batter on the bread batter, you mix it all in with a knife to make a pretty cool design.

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I added a bit more sugar and cinnamon to the top!!  I do this when making banana bread and it always adds a sweet taste to the crust!

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Fresh out of the oven!!  I love fresh, warm bread right out of the oven.  We all did (except Khali – she didn’t want to eat it!!).

If you’re looking for a great bread to try, this is an easy go to one.

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How pretty is this!!!

Apple Cream Cheese Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 apples (cut in small pieces or grate)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup flour (Kim used whole Wheat Flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning or cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Cream Cheese:
  • 6 ounce of cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your loaf pan with “Pam” spray and line with parchment paper and spray that also. I like using the parchment paper because you can have the over hang of the paper on the sides and you can use that to help pull the entire loaf out of the baking dish.
  2. Using a mixing bowl add the oil and the sugar and mix. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix again. In another smaller bowl add the measured flour, baking soda, salt and the spice. Whisk these all together then add to the egg mixture and mix. Add the grated apples and mix.
  3. In the smaller bowl combing the ingredients for the cream cheese mixture and blend.
  4. Place the batter in the prepared loaf pan then add all of the cream cheese mixture and spread around to cover the apple batter. Using a fork or knife, gently swirl the two layers together.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. Watch so that you don’t over bake your bread. Kim covered her bread for the first 30 minutes with a tent made from foil. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes clean. Cool then slice and enjoy

Enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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The Wednesday Baker