Our Best, Beautiful Banana Bread

Our Best, Beautiful Banana Bread

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Our family loves bananas, we always have a supply on hand. Even when you eat them everyday, you can still get a couple that ripen too quickly and are better for baking than for eating alone. We have previously shared a couple of banana recipes: Banana Oatmeal Muffins and Banana Chocolate Chip Scones.

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Today’s banana recipe is for the very best banana bread. We have tried lots of banana bread recipes and this is the only one that we can all agree tastes delicious. It is the same one our mom baked for us when we were little kids!

The most important ingredient in banana bread is of course B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Make sure to mash them up well, you don’t want too big of chunks in your bread.
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The dry ingredients, flour and baking soda.
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Softened butter and glorious granulated sugar.
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The butter and sugar creamed together.
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Add in the eggs and vanilla.
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The liquid mixture is now complete.
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Carefully add in the dry ingredients.
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Mix until incorporated.
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Now it’s time for the bananas.
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Take your time mixing in the bananas, at first it will be a little difficult but in the end, you have banana pieces all throughout.
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Pour the batter into a buttered loaf pan.
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Bake until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Slice and enjoy!

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Grease a 5x9 loaf pan.
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla.
  5. Combine flour and baking soda, then add to liquid mixture.
  6. Stir in mashed bananas.
  7. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
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Perfect Plump Peach Muffins with Crumb Topping: GIFT #3

Perfect Plump Peach Muffins with Crumb Topping: GIFT #3

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Every time we see peaches we think about our Grandma. Our grandparents had lots of different jobs during their lifetimes but the one that they most talked about was when they had a farm and ran a roadside fruit stand.

It was hard work but Grandma was a people person and the fruit stand let her chat up the customers. On this particular stretch of road, there were a couple of rival fruit stands, run by other families.

Grandma took great pride in her wares and took the time to set out her fruit carefully so the fruit were not bruised. She also believed that her customers should treat the fruit with respect and care. So when customers stopped by to pick out peaches, they thought the best way to tell if they were ripe was to squeeze them. This was unacceptable to Grandma and she scolded the customers for doing this.


Since it was a small town, she knew everyone and everyone knew her. Eventually, word spread that Grandma wouldn’t let customers squeeze her peaches and a rival fruit stand put up a sign that said, “YES, you can squeeze my peaches.” Grandma thought this was hilarious. She loved to tell us this story and we loved seeing her face light up with delight.

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How to Make Perfect Plump Peach Muffins

So for today’s Grandma Inspired Fantastic Treat, we made some delicious Peach Muffins. Peach season is in full swing. According to Reference.com, peaches are in season May through September, peaking in July.

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Peeling and dicing up the peaches can take awhile to accomplish, we usually allot 30-45 minutes to do this. You can blanch them for easy peeling, but we usually just use a knife.

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The yummy crumb topping, a mix of brown sugar, quick oats, flour and butter.

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The dry ingredients, looking sweet and spicy.

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The dry ingredients are now prepped, awaiting the wet ingredients.

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Milk, eggs and vegetable oil all whisked and foamy.

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Tempted to eat some of this batter.

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Now gently folding in the peeled and diced peaches.

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We use an ice cream scooper to portion out the batter into prepared muffin tins.

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The crumble topping finishes off these muffins and they are ready to go into the oven at 350°F.

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Lovely, golden brown peach muffins. Let cool and store in refrigerator.

Perfect Plump Peach Muffins with Crumb Topping

Perfect Plump Peach Muffins with Crumb Topping

Ingredients

  • For Crumb Topping
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 c butter, melted
  • For Muffins
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 4 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t ground allspice
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 5 peaches, peeled and diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line 24 muffin cups.
  3. Combine ingredients for crumb topping: brown sugar, flour, quick cooking oats and melted butter. Mix to combine and set aside.
  4. Combine dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  5. Whisk together eggs, vanilla, oil and milk. Stir into dry ingredients.
  6. Fold in peaches.
  7. Scoop batter into prepared cups. Cups will be be full.
  8. Sprinkle prepared crumb topping on top of each muffin
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  10. Let cool. Store in fridge.
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Perfect Steak and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Perfect Steak and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

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We came up with the recipe for this sandwich after a burning desire for a breakfast sandwich, like the kind from McDonald’s with a round puck egg. The only problem being, how do I make a round puck egg at home without any sort of ring mold? This was quite the conundrum until the lightning bolt hit. You could use a ring made of onion and a quick search of the interwebs revealed that lots of people do this.

This method works great if you have large onions on hand. If you do not, a bell pepper could also be used as your egg mold.

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Slice your onion so that you end up with a ring about 3/4 of an inch wide. It needs to be fairly wide to hold all of the egg, however the thickness of the ring will be determined by how big your onion is. I would guess-timate my onion was about 3.5 inches in diameter at it’s widest point. steak and egg breakfast sandwich 2

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Once you pour your egg into the onion ring, patience is a virtue. At this point, you may want to load your English muffins into the toaster and begin toasting.steak and egg breakfast sandwich 4

You have to play a waiting game so as not to overcook the bottom but not have the top be too runny prior to flipping. You don’t want to end up with a rubbery egg puck. Once the top looks to be mostly set, give the eggs a quick flip. steak and egg breakfast sandwich 5

As you can see it wasn’t a perfectly, clean flip but the end product still had a slightly runny center and was not rubbery at all. steak and egg breakfast sandwich 6

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Place steak on the bottom section of toasted English muffin.
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Top with egg. (You could remove the onion ring if you don’t like onion that much. We are onion fans, so we ate them!)steak and egg breakfast sandwich 9

We melted some cheese to the top English muffin half, which was a great touch. We used pepper jack, but cheddar would also be a solid choice and swiss could also be quite tasty.

 

Steak and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Steak and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients

  • Large Onion
  • Steak
  • Eggs
  • English muffins
  • Sliced cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for your pan

Instructions

  1. Slice onion to form 3/4 inch rings
  2. Grill steak to your liking and let rest
  3. Toast english muffins
  4. Warm frying pan to medium heat and add some oil so the eggs don’t stick
  5. Place onion rings into pan to cook slightly
  6. Crack an egg into a small bowl and then pour the egg into the onion ring
  7. While waiting for the egg white to cook, add salt and pepper
  8. Flip and wait for the egg to completely cook
  9. Assemble the sandwich by placing slices of steak on the toasted english muffin
  10. Add cooked egg with onion ring and slice of cheese
  11. Finish off with other half of the english muffin
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High Carb, High Fat Breakfast of Champions: A Simple Pleasure

High Carb, High Fat Breakfast of Champions: A Simple Pleasure

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In the low fat, low carb world we live in today, sometimes a girl just wants some carbs and some fat. I’ve had some buttered toast in my day, and to date this recipe is tops in my book. It starts with Sara Lee Artesano Style Bread.

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The next ingredient is President butter. (Apparently France’s #1 Butter! I can certainly see why. Such salty, smooth goodness.)

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The bread and butter cost $2.99 each at Safeway, bringing the total cost $5.98. “That seems like a lot for something so boring,” you might say. To some this may be true, but not to me. I believe it’s worth every penny.

I’ve tried the 99 cent bread with “healthy butter” made of oils. It’s just not the same. (And no, we’re not sponsored by Sara Lee or President.)

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Look how thick that bread is! It’s practically homemade! It almost looks like Texas Toast. Hmm, speaking of Texas Toast…

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I actually fell in love with buttered toast in Texas. I was about ten years old and our family drove out to El Paso for a fun family weekend trip.

We only ended up staying one night in a dirty room, sleeping on lumpy beds. After a terrible “continental breakfast” of buttered toast, run-ins with unfriendly hotel staff, and a shortage of suitable sights to see, we drove around the UTEP Campus and started driving back home.

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The vacation became known as the “36 Hour Trip to El Paso” in family lore. El Paso is a lot like Tucson since they are both located in the desert southwest. Therefore, it was not a very interesting trip since it was just like home.

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To me, however, the vacation became known as “the dawn of buttered toast.” I have loved it ever since. My favorite restaurant to get quality B.T. is Village Inn, where it comes to your table already buttered with nearly anything you order!

Sooooo goooood. Just add some Smuckers and you’re set. The breakfast of champions indeed!

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Do you enjoy buttered toast? What are your other high fat, high carb guilty pleasures?

High Carb, High Fat Breakfast of Champions

High Carb, High Fat Breakfast of Champions

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Sara Lee Artesano Bread
  • President Butter

Instructions

  1. Toast your bread
  2. Butter your bread
  3. Devour your high fat, high carb breakfast of champions!
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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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Mmmm, muffins.

Whenever we go on vacation, I eat muffins every single day from the free breakfast at the hotel. They are one of my favorite foods. I am to Muffins as Bubba Gump is to Shrimp (⇠click to see Bubba GIFs on imgur) or as Buddy the Elf is to Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn, and Syrup (⇠click to see Buddy the Elf GIFs on imgur).

I like bran muffins, corn muffins, poppy seed, chocolate, blueberry, cranberry orange, cinnamon crumble, pumpkin chocolate chip and… today’s special:  BANANA OATMEAL!

I made 14 muffins with this recipe, but you could make 12 with larger tops.

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Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
¾ cup milk
1 t vanilla
1 large egg
1 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
½ t salt
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line muffin tins with paper cups.

Mash bananas in medium bowl.

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Add milk, egg and vanilla to bananas.

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In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats, salt, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix to combine.

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May need to use whisk to break up chunks of brown sugar.

Add liquid ingredients and mix.

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Use ice cream scooper to put batter into prepared tin.

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Bake 15-20 minutes.

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Tops will be golden brown and a toothpick should come out dry.

Store leftovers. Here is a link about How to Store Muffins by Food Pyramid. They recommend covering with a towel for overnight storage, in an airtight container at room temp for a few days, and in the freezer for longer periods.

I store them in the fridge in a container (which they tell you not to do, meh) and then zap them in the microwave for a couple of seconds to reheat. I like ’em that way me-self, but just do you.

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Yield: 12-14 Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ t salt
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line muffin tins with paper cups.
  3. Mash bananas in medium bowl.
  4. Add milk, egg and vanilla to bananas.
  5. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats salt, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix to combine.
  6. Add liquid ingredients and mix.
  7. Use ice cream scooper to put batter into prepared tin.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes.
  9. Tops will be golden brown and a toothpick should come out dry.
  10. Store leftovers.
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10-Minute Pancakes: Quick and Healthy Breakfast (Kodiak Cakes)

10-Minute Pancakes: Quick and Healthy Breakfast (Kodiak Cakes)

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Pancakes, when done right, are little fluffy clouds of joy.

Their main purpose of course is to serve as vessels for melty butter and sweet maple syrup.

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According to National Geographic, humans have been feasting on hotcakes at least since the ancient Greeks and Romans and maybe longer, given the discovery of Ötzi, the Iceman.

But what if I told you that you could make delicious pancakes in ten minutes, with very little effort and they would have 18 grams of protein per serving?

Enter Kodiak Cakes.

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You’ve probably seen the box before, maybe even raised an eyebrow at it. Kodiak Cakes are everywhere: the grocery store, Target, and even Costco.

Given their popularity, I decided to give them a whirl without expecting much.

Here is the pancake mix. (This is the “protein-packed” variety. They sell other varieties, so make sure to double check which kind you are buying.)

I began to preheat a griddle pan over medium heat here also.

Time: 8:28 AM

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Here, I added 1 cup of whole milk.

Time: 8:29 AM

PROTEIN GUIDE:

1 cup of Water = 14 grams protein

1 cup of Milk = 18 grams protein

1 cup of Milk + Egg = 21 grams protein

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Usually pancakes need to rest, in order for the baking powder to do its thing, but not with Kodiak Cakes.

They recommend to use the batter within fifteen minutes of combining the ingredients.

Time: 8:30 AM

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Always best not to overmix pancake batter. Here it is, still a bit lumpy.

Time: 8:31 AM

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Plopped down 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake on the preheated griddle. Watched the bubbles start to rise.

Time: 8:32 AM

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Flip ’em and weep. It’s go time.

Note: I did not put any butter in the pan because it is a nonstick surface. I believe that putting oil or butter down on a nonstick pan will prevent the first batch from forming beautiful golden finish of the pancakes below.

Time: 8:33 AM

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I started this timer as soon as I got out the pancake mix from the pantry and pan from the cupboard to begin cooking and stopped the timer after plating the last of the eight pancakes.

You can see this is a very quick and easy breakfast! (Don’t forget protein-packed!)

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The second batch got a little darker golden finish. I turned down the heat to medium low, but it didn’t help much.

It’s just part of cooking on an electric stove rather than gas, but I still think all the pancakes are beautiful!

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Here I topped the pancakes with some Sweet Cinnamon Earth Balance Spread to add a kick to my pancakes.

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And next, some Log Cabin syrup (which isn’t really maple syrup, but still tastes ama-zing!).

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Look at the pancakes glisten!

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