Blueberry banana bread

May 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm | Posted in bread, Cakes | Leave a comment
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Blueberry banana bread

recipe taken from the recipe critic

Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups fresh blueberries tossed in 1 Tablespoon of flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
  4. Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! Fold in floured covered blueberries.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350F and bake for an additional 30 minutes until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pans.

I used frozen berries and it was fine. the batter seems a little less for two loaf pans. I’m also a little apprehensive without using any milk.. but turned out just fine! maybe I added a little too many blueberries..

Chocolate Banana Brownies

March 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Cakes, miscellaneous dessert | Leave a comment
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http://alidaskitchen.com/2013/07/11/chocolate-banana-brownies/

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup mashed overripe bananas (2-3, depending on size)
  • ¼ cup milk (use soy or almond for vegan)
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy-free for vegan)
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir bananas, milk, oil, and vanilla until well-blended.
  4. Add banana mixture to flour mixture, gently stirring until just combined. Add chocolate chips, folding gently.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Be careful not to over bake, otherwise the brownie may not be as fudgy). Move pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares to serve. -> took me more like 40 mins for toothpick to come out dry.

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Brownie in a mug 

February 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Cakes, Cup Cakes | Leave a comment
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Chocolate Brownie MugDirections In a 12 oz coffee mug, add 2tbs water, 2tbs melted butter, 1/4tsp vanilla extract and dash of salt. Whisk well. Add 2tbs cocoa powder, whisk well. Add 4tbs sugar, whisk well. Add 4tbs flour, whisk well. Microwave for 60 to 90 seconds. Center should be slightly molten. Careful not to overcook. Enjoy with a spoon. Careful brownie will be hot.

Ube Macapuno Cake

January 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Cakes, Filipino | Leave a comment
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Ube Macapuno Cake

recipe taken from allrecipes

Ingredients

1 h 12 servings 714 cals

Directions

Prep: 30m Cook 30m ready in 1h (took me more like 1.5h… 1 h of prep)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line bottoms of 3 – 9 inch pans with parchment paper, but do not grease. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. Place grated ube in a large bowl. Mix together 3/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla; gradually blend into ube until smooth. Blend in corn syrup, egg yolks, and oil. Beat in flour mixture until smooth; set aside.
  3. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add sugar, then red and blue food coloring, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center of cake bounces back when lightly tapped. Invert pans on a wire rack and let cool upside down. When cool, run a knife around the edges to loosen cake from pans. Fill between layers with coconut preserves, then frost top and sides with butter icing.
  5. To make Butter Icing: Combine evaporated milk and 3/4 cup sugar. set aside. Cream butter until light and fluffy; gradually add sugar mixture, and continue beating to desired spreading consistency. Add food color, one drop at a time until desired tint is achieved.

I used ube jam (ingredient: ube and cane sugar) + 50ml of milk instead of the corn syrup and ube.

A handful of people made comments about how the cake came out dry, I hope mine won’t be.

also I didn’t realize that it’s suppose to fit into three pans instead of cutting it up after cooking them as one. so I split it into 2 pans instead.  and stagger them in the oven so the cake closer to outside is still pretty raw after 30mins. where the one closer to the inside seems to be close to done but doesn’t bounce back when pushed yet.

started ~4:45pm? it’s 6:22.. the cake is still cooking. I switched spots for the pans and then added another 10-15mins of baking time. Turned out just right. Of course it was a rather subtle spring back, not as dramatic as I was anticipating.

The buttercream somehow didn’t work out for me so what I did was I used this buttercream recipe instead: http://bakehappy.net/2011/08/frostings-101-basic-buttercream-and-cream-cheese-frosting.html#.WIzcx5IhlOc

1 cup of unsalted butter
400g of icing sugar
30ml of milk (I did 60ml instead but that might’ve been too much)
1tsp of ube extract (it should’ve been 1tsp of extract but I miss read it from another recipe and thought both works, just one would have a stronger flavouring)

cream the butter really well – for 3mins. and then add in the icing sugar gradually.

And then add milk and extract (gradually). The trick is to make sure that you add small enough quantity to get the butter beaten up nicely again (fluffy).

 

In hindsight I would’ve added the extract into the cake too/ instead of the ube jam.

I also would like the cake to be more moist.. I need to think about what to adjust for next time. Maybe less cake flour.

Chocolate dipped Matcha Millie

October 29, 2016 at 11:10 am | Posted in Cakes, matcha | Leave a comment
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Recipe taken from tastemadejapan @tastemadejp

■材料
《ミルクレープ生地》
・  卵 3個
・  牛乳 380cc
・  砂糖22g
・  小麦粉 135g
・  抹茶 15g
・  溶かしバター25g
・  BP 小さじ1

《ホイップクリーム》
・  生クリーム 200cc
・  グラニュー糖 25g
・  ラム酒 大さじ1

・コーティングチョコ 適量
・抹茶 適量
・金箔 適量

■手順
【事前準備】
・クレープ生地を作っておく
1. 生地の材料をすべてボウルに入れて混ぜる。
2. ザルで生地を濾し、2時間冷蔵庫で休ませる。(こうすることで焼いた時に破れにくくなる)

・ホイップクリームの材料をすべて混ぜ、9分立てにしておく。

1. クレープ生地をフライパンに薄く流し、生地を焼く。表面が乾いてきたら裏返す。
2. 生地が全て焼きあがったらあら熱をとり、生クリームを薄く塗っていく。
3. 重ね終わったらラップに包み、4時間冷凍する。
4. 冷凍庫から取り出し、温めた包丁でカットする。溶かしたコーティング用チョコレートでコーティングし、乾かす。
5.抹茶と金箔をふりかけたら完成!

this looks really good.. wonder if I’ll get a chance to make it when wez is back 😀

sticky toffee pudding

July 15, 2016 at 2:25 am | Posted in Cakes | Leave a comment

recipe taken from marthastewart
http://www.marthastewart.com/964319/sticky-toffee-pudding-toffee-sauce

Ingredients
Cake
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for dish
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dish
8 ounces Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 cup scalding-hot strong brewed coffee
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup lightly packed dark-brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature

Sauce

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup lightly packed dark-brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream

Directions

Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Place dates in a bowl, pour coffee over dates, and let soak 15 minutes. Stir in baking soda.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated.

Reduce speed to low, and add half the flour mixture, beating until combined. Add date mixture and remaining flour mixture, and beat until just combined. (Do not overmix.) Transfer batter to dish, and bake until cake is puffed and springs back in center when gently pressed with a finger, about 25 minutes.

Sauce: Meanwhile, combine butter, sugar, and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium (so sauce does not boil over) and boil, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and darkens slightly, about 4 minutes.

Remove cake from oven and pierce holes at 1-inch intervals to bottom of cake with a wooden skewer. Pour half of hot sauce over cake and let soak 20 minutes. Serve warm with remaining sauce. Cake soaked in sauce and remaining toffee sauce can be stored at room temperature up to 1 day. Before serving, warm cake in a 300 degrees oven 10 minutes, and sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Greek Yoghurt Banana bread

April 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm | Posted in bread, breakfast, Cakes | Leave a comment
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I’m gonna try this no butter recipe tomorrow !

no butteR:

greek yogurt banana bread

or this

easy no fail with butteR:

http://www.soberjulie.com/2014/11/fail-banana-bread-recipe-easy-family-recipe/

here are the two:

Ingredient
Old nana cake my recipe this time soberjulie running w/ spoons
Flour 3c 1-1/2C
Butter ½ cup 1/4 C 1c n/a!
Sugar ½ c ½ c (slightly less) 2c 1/4C brown + 1/4 maple syrup
Eggs 2 2 2 2
Sour milk ½ c n/a (1/2C plain yogurt) 1c sour cream 1/2 greek yoghurt
Almond milk n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baking soda 1tsp 1tsp 2tsp 1-1/2tsp
Baking powder 2 ½ tsp 2-1/2tsp 2tsp n/a
Salt ½ tsp  (salted butter) n/a 1/2tsp
Vanilla 1tsp n/a 1tsp
Cinnamon n/a 1tsp n/a
Banana 3 medium 3 large 2-1/2 c 2
Chocolate chip ½ c (optional) n/a n/a
Chia n/a 50mL n/a
Method:
Temperature (time) 275F (1hr) 350 (0.5hr) 350 (30mins) 350 (35-40min)
2 loaf pan 1 medium loaf pan 1 loaf pan 1 loaf pan

Banana Chia Cake

March 12, 2016 at 11:34 am | Posted in bread, Cakes | Leave a comment
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banana cake (my old recipe) vs Banana Chia Bread (recipe from savy naturalist) Recipe

Ingredient
Old nana cake my recipe this time
Flour
Butter ½ cup 1/4 C
Sugar ½ c ½ c (slightly less)
Eggs 2 2
Sour milk ½ c n/a (1/2C plain yogurt)
Almond milk n/a n/a
Baking soda 1tsp 1tsp
Baking powder 2 ½ tsp 2-1/2tsp
Salt ½ tsp  (salted butter)
Vanilla 1tsp n/a
Cinnamon n/a 1tsp
Banana 3 medium 3 large
Chocolate chip ½ c (optional) n/a
Chia n/a 50mL
Method:
Temperature (time) 275F (1hr) 350 (0.5hr)
2 loaf pan 1 medium loaf pan

I first cream butter and sugar together and then added whole banana and unbeaten egg (because I was too lazy). Add your choice of dairy. but what I did do is adding all the dry ingredient together first and then mix it into the wet ingredient. add chia. then bake for 45mins.

 

Banana Chia Bread

March 4, 2016 at 11:44 pm | Posted in bread, Cakes, Loaf | Leave a comment
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banana cake (my old recipe) vs Banana Chia Bread (recipe from savy naturalist) Recipe

Ingredient
Cake (my old recipe) Bread (savy naturalist)
Flour
Butter ½ cup 2 tbs, whipped
Sugar ½ c ½ c
Eggs 2 1 large, RT
Sour milk ½ c n/a
Almond milk n/a ½ C
Baking soda 1tsp n/a
Baking powder 2 ½ tsp 2tsp
Salt ½ tsp ¼ tsp
Vanilla 1tsp n/a
Cinnamon n/a optional
Banana 3 medium 2 large
Chocolate chip ½ c (optional) n/a
Chia n/a 1/3 C
Method:
Temperature (time) 275F (1hr) 400 (1hr)
2 loaf pan 1 medium loaf pan

Savy naturalist Recipe Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a medium loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl mix butter, egg, banana and sugar. In a medium bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and mix until combine.  Slowly add flour mixture and milk to wet ingredients, alternating until incorporated. Fold in chia seeds. Place batter in loaf pan and place in the oven for 60 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

I thought the chia idea is pretty interesting so I wanted to try incorporating it in to my all-time loved banana cake recipe.

apparently 1tbs of grind up chia soak in 3 tbs of water for 5mins can be used to substitute 1 egg. or replace 25% of oil and egg? chia has omega 3 fatty acid

here’s another super healthy banana cake recipe http://simplerootswellness.com/banana-cake-with-chia-seeds/

what I ended up doing was soak 1/3C chia in 2/3C almond milk + 2/3C water

and I’d suggest baked @350F for 1hr 

people say the temperature is a balance between browning of the outside and cooking of the middle. more sugar = lower temperature needed; I guess that explains the 400 for bread and 275 for cake.

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To Die For Blueberry Muffin

August 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Cakes, Muffin | Leave a comment
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Blueberry Muffin
recipe from Allrecipe
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PREP
15 mins

COOK
25 mins

READY IN
40 mins

Ingredients
Original recipe makes 8 large muffins… but the topping is good for two recipe so either double the rest or cut down topping recipe by half

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup white sugar -> I cut it down to 1/2 cup or less

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup butter, cubed

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

my note: I think my aunt and mom made it in 9×9″ square pan before and it turned out great as well… yumyum once again, so good

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