Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

DSC01735Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup applesauce

1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2)

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

DSC01736Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, blend the first five ingredients:

flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda

DSC01738In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.  Add the applesauce.

DSC01739Beat the eggs separately.  Add it to the banana mixture.

DSC01740Blend it with the dry ingredients.

DSC01741In this variation of our original banana bread recipe, we decided to add chocolate chips and pecans.

Fold in to the bread batter.

DSC01742Prepare a large loaf pan by greasing with shortening or cooking spray.  Pour batter into the loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

DSC01743Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting.

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Pumpkin Biscotti

We have lots of fresh pumpkin puree on hand.  We added it to a basic biscotti recipe we have and it came out delicious!  The pumpkin gives the biscotti a nice color.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1 teaspoon ground anise seed

1/2 teaspoon ground mace

2 large eggs

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup Heath Bar chips

DSC01675Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Blend flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

DSC01676In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, anise seed and mace until blended.

DSC01677Add eggs, one at a time to creamed mixture.  Blend in pumpkin.

DSC01678Add the flour mixture until combined.  Stir in Heath Bar chips.

DSC01679Transfer the dough to prepared baking sheet.  Form a log about 16 inches long and 3 inches wide.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes.

DSC01680Slice into 1/2 inch slices, then cutting in 1/2 with a serrated knife.  Place biscotti on their sides and bake another 15 minutes.

DSC01682Allow to cool, then enjoy! Great dippers in coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Pumpkin Bread

Auntie Megan had fun cooking with Haley this week!  The girls made a delicious pumpkin bread recipe.DSC01625Ingredients:

1 -15 ounce can pumpkin

1 2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cups canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

DSC01622Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 1 large loaf pan or 2 medium loaf pans with cooking spray.

Place pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Mix with an electric mixer until combined.

DSC01623Mix dry ingredients in another bowl: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.

DSC01624Combine the wet and dry ingredients plus the nuts.

DSC01626Pour into loaf pans and bake 50 minutes to 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

DSC01631Cool on baking racks before removing from the pans.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat 1 large loaf pan or 2 medium loaf pans with cooking spray.  Mix together in a large bowl; pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Mix the two together and add the nuts.   Pour into loaf pans and bake 50 minutes to 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and cool on racks before removing from the pans.

Fresh Peach and Plum Crisp

We’ve been enjoying our Wednesday morning trips to the farmer’s market in town.  This week we bought some beautiful fresh peaches, came home and made a crisp with them,

DSC01572Ingredients:

4 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced

2 fresh plums, pitted and sliced

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 cup unsalted butter

DSC01573Prepare the fruit by peeling the peaches, pulling out the pit and slicing. Take the pit out of the plums and slice.

DSC01575Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place the sliced peaches and plums in a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Sprinkle the vanilla over the top.

DSC01576In a large bowl combine: flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and oats.

DSC01577Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly.

DSC01578Sprinkle topping over the peaches and place in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

DSC01579Serve warm and enjoy!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Peel, pit and core the peaches.  Pit the plums and slice.  Place sliced fruit in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.  Sprinkle vanilla over all.  Combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and oats.  Cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly.  Pour flour mixture over the fruit.  Bake in the oven 45 minutes.  Serve warm and enjoy!!

Lime Bars

Recipe courtesy of All Recipes

Ingredients:

crust:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

filling:

4 eggs

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup flour

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup baking powder

glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

DSC01538Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or spray a 12×15 baking sheet with sides.  MIx together flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.  Cut in the butter and blend together until dough is crumbly.  Press into the baking sheet and bake 10 minutes.

DSC01539Blend together ingredients for the filling: eggs, flour, sugar,  lime juice and baking powder.

DSC01540Pour filling onto baked crust.  Place back in the oven and bake 25 minutes.  Cool

In a small bowl mix together glaze: powdered sugar, lime juice and zest.  If the glaze is too thick, add a couple of drops of water.

DSC01541Spread glaze over the cooled bars.  Cut into squares and serve.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or spray a 12×15 baking sheet with sides.

Mix 2 cups flour, powdered sugar and salt in a bowl.  Cut in butter and blend with a pastry cutter or food processor until dough is crumbly.  Pat dough into the baking sheet.  Place in the oven to bake 10 minutes.

Mix together ingredients for filling: eggs, lime juice, flour, sugar and baking powder.  Pour on to baked crust.  Bake in the oven 25 minutes.  Remove and cool completely.

Mix together glaze: powdered sugar, lime juice and zest.  If it is too stiff, add a few drops of water.  Spread onto cooled lime bars.  Cut into squares and serve.

Refreshing Lemonade Cookies

We found this recipe in a new cookbook we have, Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies.  It is a nice summertime cookie, soft, glazed with lemonade and sprinkled with sugar.

DSC01506Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate, divided

additional sugar

DSC01507Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

DSC01508Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

DSC01509In another bowl, combine flour and baking soda.

DSC01510Add flour/baking soda to the creamed mixture, along with 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate.  Mix together well.

DSC01512Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on a greased baking sheet or one lined with baking parchment and bake for 8 minutes.

DSC01513Transfer to a cooling rack.  Brush with remaining lemonade and sprinkle with sugar.

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and flour until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Combine flour and baking soda in another bowl.  Add to the creamed mixture alternately with 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate, beating well.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet or one lined with baking parchment.  Bake 400 degrees for 8 minutes.  Remove to a cooling rack and brush with remaining lemonade, sprinkle with sugar and allow to cool.

Butterscotch Shortbread

These shortbread cookies are so light and tender.  Easy and delicious, you need to give them a try!

(adapted from Taste of Home website)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla.

In another bowl combine, flour, cornstarch and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, mix together.  Add the chips

Place the dough on some waxed paper, roll into a log.  Chill the dough for 1 hour.

Roll the chilled dough out to 1/4 inch on a floured board.  Cut with a cookie cutter or slice off cookies 1/4 inch.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes  or until lightly browned.  Cool on wire racks.

Easy Chocolate Toffee Bars

We found this recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package.  We have changed it a bit and added some of our own touches.

Ingredient List:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1- 10 ounce package dark chocolate chips (divided)

1- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/3 cup toffee pieces

1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place the butter, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.  Mix until crumbly.

Put 2 cups onto a greased 9×13 greased baking sheet.  Reserve the rest for the topping.  Press to all corners with your hand or the back of a spoon.

Place in the oven for 10 minutes.

Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the can of sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat.  Add the vanilla and stir.  Remove the crust from the oven, spread the chocolate mixture over the crust.

In a small bowl combine, remaining crust, 2/3 cup chocolate chips, nuts and toffee bits. 

Sprinkle topping over the chocolate.  We added coconut on top also.  It is optional. 

 

Place back in oven and bake another 25-30 minutes.

 

Remove from the oven.  Allow to cool, cut into squares and enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Blueberry Bread

We have a “tried and true” banana bread recipe.  This week, we decided to tweek it a little, replacing shortening with applesauce to make it healthier.  We also added blueberries, which made it a pretty color and very moist.  Give it a try!

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup applesauce

1 cup mashed ripe bananas

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a large loaf pan with cooking spray, or grease.

In a large bowl, mix flour….

2/3 cup sugar…

The rest of the dry ingredients, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Mix all together.

Mix in the applesauce

Peel the bananas and mash them in a small bowl.  You can add more banana if you want, it will make it even moister.

Add the bananas and the blueberries to the bread mixture.

Beat the 2 eggs in a small bowl and add to the batter,  mix all together.

Fold the walnuts in last.

Spread the batter evenly in the loaf pan.

Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55 minutes to 1 hour.  It is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Brownies

Megan wanted to try-out the new brownie pan she got for Christmas.  You will notice an unusual ingredient in this recipe for brownies, mashed potatoes! Don’t let this stop you from trying them.  They are moist and cake-like, and really easy to make.  Give them a try!

Ingredients

3/4 cup mashed potatoes (we used instant mashed potatoes)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place in a large mixing bowl, mashed potatoes….

white sugar …

brown sugar….

eggs….

canola oil….

and vanilla.  Mix together well with electric mixer or by hand.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

Stir together well.

Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together.  Fold in the nuts if desired.

Pour batter into a greased 9 inch square pan

Place in the oven and bake 23-27 minutes.