Monday, April 28, 2014

Banana Crumble

Banana Crumble (Hope Cake)
YUM! This recipe is from Something Swanky Desserts and Designs, and let me tell you . . . it is a keeper! On this website she mentions in Bolivia this is called "Hope Cake". I researched that and found absolutely nothing. So i don't know, but left it in the description in case it rings a bell with someone. What I DO know is that this cake is moist, dense, and delicious.
I love crumble, so I doubled the crumble topping ingredients, but I don't think I'll do that next time. And there will be plenty of next times. This cake is wonderful!


For the cake:
3 cups flour
¾ cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 medium bananas, mashed
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the crumble topping:
½ cup chopped nuts
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbs butter
1 tbs flour

For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Grease a 9x13 dish.
  2. Cream together the butter, cream cheese, bananas, vanilla and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until batter forms. Pour batter into the prepared pan, set aside.

For the crumble topping:

  1. Mix together the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Mix in the nuts.
  2. Sprinkle the the topping over the cake batter.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

* What I did: 
I used walnuts, but I'll try with pecans next time. I also used vanilla paste instead of extract. Like I mentioned, I doubled the crumble, but that may have been too much.
I filled two mini-loaf pans and a 9 x 9 inch square pan. It took way longer to bake.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Toasted Coconut Brownies

Just whipped up a quick boxacana batch of brownies! I frosted a boxed brownie mix with a can of Almond Joy Chocolate Frosting, toasted some shredded coconut, and sprinkled it on top. Very chocolate-y, moist, gooey and delicious . . . .
(For those of you wondering, boxacana = "a box a this and a can of that").

Friday, April 4, 2014

It's a BOY!

Baby Shower cake pops

Celebrating a new little one soon to come. Chocolate and Funfetti cake pops, made with my Cooks Essentials Cake Pop maker. You could make them with the Babycakes Cake Pop maker, but I think mine are larger - I like them a little better.
I even made the invitations with my new Cricut Explore!

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cake

This is the best cake E.V.E.R.! I made it last weekend, and as I was removing it from the oven, it fell face down onto the floor of the over, in a heap of crumbs. Although serving to my co-workers was now out of the question, there were enough "taste-able" crumbs to alert me to the fact that this was definitly one to make again. A keeper for sure!
So, I made it again yesterday, and it was every bit as good as the crumbs!

Mint Oreo Brownies & Loaded Grasshopper Cookie Bars

St. Patrick's day treat!
The Edible Delectables Kitchen is still on full power! Mint Oreo Brownies - St. Patrick's Day treats for work. These are from Averie Cooks. But that's not all . . .

Extra treat for the co-workers . . . 
Loaded Grasshopper Cookie Bars from Little Dairy on the Prairie. Don't over-bake these!!!

Homemade Donuts

Mini vanilla donuts with chocolate ganache glaze
From the Edible Delectables Kitchen - Monday treats from the Baking Fairy! Home baked mini vanilla donuts with chocolate ganache glaze. I used my Babycakes mini-donut maker and a recipe I found online.

Fortune Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies
I made fortune cookies this weekend in the Edible Delectables Kitchen. I used the Sunbeam Fortune Cookie maker I purchased from Amazon. I love this little thing!
The first batch was just plain, with custom weight watcher/motivational fortunes. I took them to the meeting Sunday morning and passed them around. 1p+ each! My favorite fortune? "Fridge pickers wear bigger knickers"! It was fun!
Then I came home and created a batch for work, with a whole different set of fortunes. I think I improved the technique a little - they came out much better. I dipped these in chocolate, then drizzled them with white chocolate. My favorite "fortune" in this batch was "Half of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class." Perfect for work.

Homemade bread!

Mini loaves for friends

Regular size loaf

Wheat berries in the Vitamix
Freshly ground whole wheat flour!
Home made whole wheat bread with freshly ground flour. I bought several varieties of wheat berries on Amazon, and tossed them in the Vitamix. So good! I had to make some mini loaves to share.