Archive for March, 2009

B-A-N-A-N-A-S

March 25, 2009

I’m super proud of myself. This is probably the first recipe that I pretty much came up with on my own. I was looking all over the Internet for a dense, nutty banana loaf, but didn’t find any that exactly suited my needs. I did find one that sounded amazing – full of crushed pineapple, flaked coconut, walnuts, and banana – but I didn’t want to make a trip to the grocery store. Other recipes seemed to cake-y and not banana-y enough. So I found some basic recipes, used those as a basis for proportions for wet/dry ingredients. Then followed my gut.

Here’s what I ended up with:

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See how dense, moist, and nutty that is?

And the surface of the cake turned out beautifully, thanks to my lovely, new, non-stick Bundt pan.

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Banana Bundt Cake

1/2 cup butter

8 oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup plain yogurt

5 medium bananas-mashed

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat butter and cream cheese.

Add sugars, beat until well incorporated.

Mix in eggs, one at a time.

Add  yogurt and mashed bananas. Mix until smooth.

Stir in flour, periodically scraping sides of bowl.

Fold in walnuts.

Bake in preheated 350F oven for 45-50 minutes, or until skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

Glub Glub Glub

March 16, 2009

Fishbowl cupcakes!

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The focus of these cupcakes was definitely more on the looks than the taste. That doesn’t mean they don’t taste good though. It just means they’re so cute that everyone who got one wanted to frame the top. I got a lot of comments about the cupcakes being “too cute to eat.” (But most people devoured them anyways.) It was the first time in a long time that I really focused on decorating. Thank you Hello, Cupcake for the brilliant ideas and easy to follow instructions. The book said that the Goldfish added a salty twist to the treat, but I found that most people were a little put off at the idea of consuming Goldfish and cupcakes together. For the most part the Goldfish were fished out and gobbled up first.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

March 8, 2009

Combine the four tastiest things in the world…and you get something that is absolutely delicious.dsc00684

Every time I go home, my sister clamors for cheesecake. I used to make cheesecake on a monthly basis. Sometimes for my parents to bring to a dinner party. Sometimes because I was going to have friends over for a movie night. But usually because my sister craved cheesecake. So this last trip home I made two kinds of cheesecake. One large chocolate chunk cheesecake and then these fantastic little cheesecakes.

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My mother happened to have just come home with a large jar of strawberry jam so instead of the chocolate cheesecake cupcakes I originally intended to make.

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My sister loved them. Unfortunately I’m slow at posting about my baking experiments and no longer remember the recipe I used. But they were yummy!!!