Banana Bread

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Bread

The junior member of the clan is graduating to real food.  We thought that we could try some mashed bananas but we didn’t get around to it, and I ended up with four bananas going brown.  Not one to waste food if we can help it, I jumped into action and pulled out a recipe for Banana Bread.

Ingredients for Banana Bread

  1. 4 overripe bananas
  2. ½ cup butter softened
  3. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  4. 2 whole eggs
  5. 2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. pinch of salt
  8. ½ – 1 cup toasted almonds slivers

Directions for Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350º

Lightly grease a loaf pan

In a mixer on low speed cream the butter and sugar.  When well blended add the bananas and mix until they are completely mashed and incorporated.

Add the eggs one at a time waiting until the first is fully combined.

In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt and with mixer on slow gradually add the dry ingredients until everything is combined.

With the mixer still on low add the almonds. when fully combined pour into the greased loaf pan and set in the middle of the oven and bake for about 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.  Place a sheet pan on a rack below the bread rack as it may leak some of the grease as it rises.

When fully baked place on a wire rack to cool slightly, then remove from the pan turn loaf upright and allow to cool completely on the wire rack.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
https://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Basics-1-5qt-Loaf-Dish/dp/B00FN3M1RE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1466628296&sr=1-6&keywords=loaf+pan&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=013cd1530a7dcb6485b95a2f2fd7cbf3
https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KF26M22SR-6-Qt-Professional-Design/dp/B00JPNOZDG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1466628356&sr=1-14&keywords=kitchen+aid+mixer&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=cedc78323308271175b9b62177d6313c

 

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I’m not sure about this recipe, it was OK I guess, but put butter on anything and I’ll eat it.  I wouldn’t want it every day, so I guess reluctantly it’s only a pup 3 paw review.  Everyone else seemed to enjoy though!

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  1. 4 overripe bananas
  2. ½ cup butter softened
  3. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  4. 2 whole eggs
  5. 2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. pinch of salt
  8. ½ - 1 cup toasted almonds slivers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Lightly grease a loaf pan
  3. In a mixer on low speed cream the butter and sugar. When well blended add the bananas and mix until they are completely mashed and incorporated.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time waiting until the first is fully combined.
  5. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt and with mixer on slow gradually add the dry ingredients until everything is combined.
  6. With the mixer still on low add the almonds. when fully combined pour into the greased loaf pan and set in the middle of the oven and bake for about 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. Place a sheet pan on a rack below the bread rack as it may leak some of the grease as it rises.
  7. When fully baked place on a wire rack to cool slightly, then remove from the pan turn loaf upright and allow to cool completely on the wire rack.
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Double Down Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Down Flourless Chocolate Cake

Like many of my recipes, this is an oldy but goodie and the attribution for the original flourless chocolate cake recipe is lost.  I did embellish the recipe by adding the ganache icing to the cake to make a double hit of chocolate.

This cake is extremely sweet and so for a topping you need to have a “less” sweet object, such as unsweetened whipped cream, or crème fraîche, to complement it.

It does take time to do this recipe.  If you don’t intend on icing you can serve the cake warm.  However it really needs to firm up for 12 – 24 hours in the refrigerator before you can move it without breaking to do the icing and is best served chilled.

In the original recipe it called for a 1# block of chocolate- which today is quite expensive so I substituted semi sweet chocolate chips for both the cake and ganache and it came out just fine, and at about 1/3 the cost.

Ingredients for Double Down Flourless Chocolate Cake
  1.  1 lb semi-sweet chocolate(either chips or broken into pieces)
  2. ½ cup whole milk
  3. ½ cup Heavy Cream
  4. 7 egg yolks
  5. 1½  cups unsalted butter softened and broken into pieces
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 2 tbsps dark run (optional)
  9. unsweetened whipped cream or crème fraîche for topping
For the Ganache:

Equal parts heavy cream and chocolate, for this recipe I used 8 oz. each.

  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. 1 cup semi sweet chips
Directions for Double Down Flourless Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 350º.

Butter the bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan.  Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper and lightly butter the top of the paper.

In a sauce pan over low heat warm the chocolate, milk and cream stirring until the chocolate is melted and combined with the milk and cream.

Transfer the chocolate to a mixing bowl beating on low speed until well blended and smooth.  Now add 2 yolks and ½ cup of butter continue to beat at low speed until the eggs and butter are just blended.  Add the remaining yolks and butter in 3 additions beating until just blended after each addition.

Once all the eggs and butter are combined in the batter add the rum salt and vanilla.

Pour mixture into the prepared springform pan and bake in the lower third of the oven for about 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center almost clean.

Once done remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Remove the sides from the springform pan and place in the refrigerator covered for 12 – 24 hours.

When well chilled invert onto a a piece of wax paper.  remove the parchment from the bottom of the cake.  Now invert onto a serving plate. Serve chilled or prepare to glaze.

Directions for the Ganache

Place the chips in a bowl.  In a 2qt sauce pan bring the cream up to a boil, keeping a constant watch over it.  Once it reaches the boiling stage remove from heat (if allowed to boil constantly it will spill over and create quite a mess).

Pour the hot cream over the chips and let stand for about 1½ – 2 minutes.  Begin then to carefully stir the mixture until all the chocolate is melted with no lumps and the cream is fully incorporated.  Allow to sit and cool slightly.

To prepare the cake take 2″ deep strips of wax paper and carefully place under the edges of the cake.  Pour the ganache into the center of the cake and with a spatula push the excess over the sides.  Once the icing is hardened remove the wax paper.  Allow to cool completely then refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

here are a few items to help make this recipe:
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https://www.amazon.com/All-Clad-Stainless-Dishwasher-Cookware-1-5-Quart/dp/B004T6M6Y4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1466438079&sr=1-3&keywords=small+heavy+sauce+pan&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=5440ba9329d9babd0dda5cfa77a39eb7

 

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Sadly although it did smell rather tasty, this is not a pup friendly dish so I’m afraid rule #1 must apply!

 

 

Double Down Flourless Chocolate Cake

Double Down Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  1. 1 lb semi-sweet chocolate(either chips or broken into pieces)
  2. ½ cup whole milk
  3. ½ cup Heavy Cream
  4. 7 egg yolks
  5. 1½ cups unsalted butter softened and broken into pieces
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 2 tbsps dark run (optional)
  9. unsweetened whipped cream or crème fraîche for topping
  10. For the Ganache:
  11. Equal parts heavy cream and chocolate, for this recipe I used 8 oz. each.
  12. 1 cup heavy cream
  13. 1 cup semi sweet chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9" springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper and lightly butter the top of the paper.
  3. In a sauce pan over low heat warm the chocolate, milk and cream stirring until the chocolate is melted and combined with the milk and cream.
  4. Transfer the chocolate to a mixing bowl beating on low speed until well blended and smooth. Now add 2 yolks and ½ cup of butter continue to beat at low speed until the eggs and butter are just blended. Add the remaining yolks and butter in 3 additions beating until just blended after each addition.
  5. Once all the eggs and butter are combined in the batter add the rum salt and vanilla.
  6. Pour mixture into the prepared springform pan and bake in the lower third of the oven for about 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center almost clean.
  7. Once done remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Remove the sides from the springform pan and place in the refrigerator covered for 12 - 24 hours.
  9. When well chilled invert onto a a piece of wax paper. remove the parchment from the bottom of the cake. Now invert onto a serving plate. Serve chilled or prepare to glaze.
  10. Directions for the Ganache
  11. Place the chips in a bowl. In a 2qt sauce pan bring the cream up to a boil, keeping a constant watch over it. Once it reaches the boiling stage remove from heat (if allowed to boil constantly it will spill over and create quite a mess).
  12. Pour the hot cream over the chips and let stand for about 1½ - 2 minutes. Begin then to carefully stir the mixture until all the chocolate is melted with no lumps and the cream is fully incorporated. Allow to sit and cool slightly.
  13. To prepare the cake take 2" deep strips of wax paper and carefully place under the edges of the cake. Pour the ganache into the center of the cake and with a spatula push the excess over the sides. Once the icing is hardened remove the wax paper. Allow to cool completely then refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies
Cheesecake Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheesecake Brownies

I’m not sure where the Cheesecake Brownie recipe originated, but this has been a favorite after school snack for quite a long time.

It’s an easy recipe and all you need is your favorite brownie mix to start.   You can use a 9 X 9 pan or  a 9 X 13 either will work;  just that the brownies in one are thicker, the other thinner with more bars to cut .

Ingredients for Cheesecake Brownies
  1. 1 box brownie mix
  2. 8oz cream cheese softened
  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  4. ½ tsp vanilla
  5. 1 whole egg
Directions for Cheesecake Brownies

Prepare the brownies according to box directions and pour into a greased pan.

In a mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the sugar.  once well blended add tha vanilla and the egg and beat again on slow until well blended.

Pour the cream cheese mixture over the brownie mix and with a knife or spatula cut into the mixture to get a marbled effect.

cut into mixture to get a marbled effect.
cut into mixture to get a marbled effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bake in a 350º oven for 35-40 minutes until the cream cheese on top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out “almost” clean.

cook until cream cheese lightly browns and a toothpick comes out almost clean
cook until cream cheese lightly browns and a toothpick comes out almost clean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place on wire rack to cool.  Once cool cut into squares and serve.

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
https://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Basics-Oblong-Baking-Plastic/dp/B01DYB6O9M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1466186650&sr=8-1&keywords=9×9+baking+dishes&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=56331b3bc9255015c4bccea37b824b50
https://www.amazon.com/Bakers-Secret-1061483–16-Inch-Nonstick/dp/B00091PNTI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1466186708&sr=8-2&keywords=wire+racks&linkCode=ll1&tag=rantsravesa06-20&linkId=3620fff1e4084dc982331277d87f484a

 

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Although Chocolate is a no-no for pups, so rule # 1 applies;  they did smell very good and I was very tempted to try.

 

 

 

Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients

  1. 1 box brownie mix
  2. 8oz cream cheese softened
  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  4. ½ tsp vanilla
  5. 1 whole egg

Instructions

  1. Prepare the brownies according to box directions and pour into a greased pan.
  2. In a mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the sugar. once well blended add tha vanilla and the egg and beat again on slow until well blended.
  3. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the brownie mix and with a knife or spatula cut into the mixture to get a marbled effect.
  4. Bake in a 350º oven for 35-40 minutes until the cream cheese on top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out "almost" clean.
  5. Place on wire rack to cool. Once cool cut into squares and serve.
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