Friday, July 24, 2015

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A yummy variation of the Banana Bread recipe I posted earlier. :D 

3 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp almond extract 
6 bananas

3/4 cups of Chocolate Chips 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and lightly dust a bundt pan with cocoa powder.**
In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In your mixer's bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add in the eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and bananas.
Slowly add in the flour mixture, but don't over beat. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into the bundt pan and tap the pan on the counter a couple of times to remove any air bubbles. 
Take the top rack out of the oven and bake on middle rack for approx. 70 minutes.  I use a long wooden skewer to test for doneness.  Cool ten minutes in the pan on a rack and then place a large plate over top and flip cake. Leave to cool with pan on. The chocolate chip banana bread may be frosted with chocolate but I like mine plain.  As always have fun with it and make it your own. :D


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
**You can also use four foil pans that you can find at the dollar store.  They are approx. 8 x 3 x 2 in size.  These are great for freezing for later or to give away to family and friends.  I bake them on the middle rack at 325 convection for about 40 minutes.  I will switch them around at 20 minutes.

#Banana #chocolatechip #bread #loaves

Friday, July 17, 2015

Homemade Berry Sauce (recipe from Aunt Missy's Kitchen)

I found this recipe over at Aunt Missy's Kitchen.  It is a new favourite at our house.  You are going to love it!  :D   Melissa is a wonderful lady who is so supportive of all home cooks and shares all sorts of yummy recipes on her Facebook page. You can find the Homemade Blueberry Sauce recipe here. As you can see below, I made this recipe with strawberries, and blueberries.  So good. So many possibilities. I can't wait to try these sauces on cheesecake, french toast, and so much more! :D

Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry Sauce on Pancakes

Strawberry Sauce with  Kawartha Dairy French Vanilla Ice Cream 

Strawberries picked by the boys.

Blueberry Sauce

Blueberry Sauce on Pancakes

Blueberries picked by the boys.
#Sauce #Blueberry #Strawberry #Pancakes

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Strawberry Apple Pie


Strawberry Apple Pie with French Vanilla Ice Cream (Kawartha Dairy)

2 nine inch unbaked pie shells ( I have shells, that I made from Tenderflake lard, stored in my freezer)

2 cups strawberries, diced
2 cups apples, diced (I used Eve apples which stay somewhat firm, which is the way I like it, but you can substitute your favourite type of apple to suit your taste buds)
1 1/4 cup white sugar plus 1 tsp, divided
2 tbsp flour plus 1 tsp, divided
1 tsp or more lemon zest

Sugar to sprinkle over top crust.

In a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp each of the white sugar, and flour (to sprinkle onto the bottom pie shell). Set aside.

Strawberry/Apple
In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, apples, white sugar, and flour. Mix well. Sprinkle the white sugar/flour onto the bottom pie shell and then pour the strawberry/apple mixture into the pie shell. Spread the mixture out evenly and then sprinkle the lemon zest. Dampen crust edges, lay top crust over. Trim and crimp to seal. Cut slits in top and sprinkle with sugar.

A look inside.

Three 6 inch pies if you prefer.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown. (If you have a convection oven you can bake on convection for the last 5 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown colour.)  I recommend you put the pie on a baking sheet as the filling will tend to escape.  This pie is a little runny when eaten warm or at room temperature which is why I recommend the vanilla ice cream on the side.  The warm filling mixed with the ice cream is heavenly.  :D

As always, have fun and make it your own. ♥
Strawberry Apple Pie...Oh MY! 
#Strawberry #Apple #Pie 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie with French Vanilla Ice Cream (Kawartha Dairy)
2 nine inch (deep) pie crusts (I make the shells from Tenderflake lard and store any extra shells in the freezer)
1 1/4 cups white sugar plus 1 tsp, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 tsp, divided
3 tbsp corn starch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 1/2 cups strawberries (cut in half)
2 tbsp butter

Sugar to sprinkle on top.

In a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp each of the white sugar, and flour (to sprinkle onto the bottom pie shell). Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  In a large sized bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, corn starch, and cinnamon.  Add the strawberries and mix lightly.  Sprinkle the white sugar/flour mixture onto the bottom pie shell and then pour the strawberry mixture into the pie shell and dot with butter.  Dampen crust edges, lay top crust over.  Trim and crimp to seal.  Cut slits in top and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake (on middle rack) for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.  I recommend you put the pie on a baking sheet as the filling will tend to escape.  This pie is a little runny when eaten warm or at room temperature which is why I recommend the vanilla ice cream on the side.  The warm filling mixed with the ice cream is heavenly.  :D

Strawberry Pie
#Strawberry #Pie #KawarthaDairy