Deliciously Moist Banana Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 medium bananas (mashed)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Once fully combined, pour into the butter mixture. Mix until smooth.
  • Mash the bananas with a fork or a potato masher. Fold in the sour cream, walnuts and mashed bananas. Spread the mixture evenly into the greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the loaf).
  • Remove from oven and allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

How to Make Moist Banana Bread

Here are some tips & tricks for making the best banana bread.

  • The bananas have to be over-ripe. When it comes to banana bread, the blacker the peel, the better. These mushy bananas give off a much sweeter flavor, making them perfect for baking banana bread. Previously frozen ripe bananas work great as well!
  • Mash the bananas thoroughly. To do so, you can use a fork, a potato masher or hand mixer. This is particularly important for those who do not like munching on slimy and mushy banana bits. 
  • When combining dry and wet ingredients, fold them very gently with a spatula. This will result in extra tender bread.
  • I know this recipe calls for 60 minutes of cook time, but check it as early as 55 minutes in. You’ll know it’s done when you see some moist bread sticking to your tester toothpick. Remove from the oven right away!
  • Pecans are great, but walnuts also go really well with banana bread. The hint of bitterness in these nuts gives a nice balance to the sweetness of the banana.
  • Make sure to take the banana bread out of the loaf pan as soon as possible, about 10 minutes after it’s out of the oven. Don’t leave it in there for too long – doing so will result in a soggy bottom.

How to Store Banana Bread

Even when you follow all the recipe tips mentioned above, banana bread tends to dry out when storing it overnight.

Here are some storage tips to keep your banana bread moist and delicious:

  • Allow your bread to cool on a wire rack or a plate before refrigerating it.
  • Slice your bread in thick and even slices. Eat to your heart’s content. 
  • In the unlikely event of leftovers, pack the remaining slices in plastic wrap while it’s still a little warm. This will prevent it from going dry. Tin foils and airtight containers also work well at preserving the quality of the bread. Make sure that it is wrapped nice and tightly.
  • Place the wrapped slices inside a freezer bag. Press the bag to get rid of excess air, and gently close the seal completely.

Skinny Banana Bread

This Skinny Banana Bread recipe has no oil, is low sugar, and just over 100 calories/slice! I found it years ago and it is the best banana bread recipe and low in calories.  I like to add walnuts but it will increase the calorie count.

 

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Ingredients

  • 4 bananas, about 1 1/3 cups, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (white or white-whole wheat)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  • Grease a standard 9×5” loaf pan (I also like to line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make sure the loaf doesn’t stick).
  • Mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add egg, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon and stir well to combine.
  • In a separate small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir to combine.
  • Gently stir in melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cooling in the pan for 5-10 a few minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack.

Notes

You can also make muffins, it makes 12 muffins and you bake the 18-25 units

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROSTED BANANA COOKIES

If you need a quick and simple snack or dessert recipe, these are perfect. These Frosted Banana Cookies have become my new favorite way to put my soft brown bananas to use. They are so easy to make and taste absolutely amazing.

INGREDIENTS

Cookies
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 bananas (ripened and mashed)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 1/4 cups flour
Frosting
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 bananas (ripened and mashed)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (more or less depending on the consistency that you like)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

Cookies
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Cream sugar, butter, shortening, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
    3. Add bananas and then mix in the eggs.
    4. Blend in buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over-beat. It will be a sticky batter. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.
    5. Bake for 9-10 minutes, until slightly golden.
    6. Cool completely.
Frosting
  1. Mix all ingredients together and spread over cooled cookies.

 

 

GO WITHOUT THE ICING AND REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING SWEET:

For this recipe, the icing is really my favorite. It is so yummy and so simple to just whip up. It’s full of flavor and pairs perfectly with these banana cookies.

If you don’t have enough bananas for the icing or time, substitute any of the many toppings such as cream cheese swirls, nutella, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips …..

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE THESE COOKIES?

If you do have some leftover, the best way to store them is putting them in the fridge.

Place them in an airtight storage container, and putting them in the fridge.

If you aren’t going to eat them for more than a week, I recommend freezing them, by placing them in an airtight storage container and putting them in the freezer.

They will last nicely in the freezer for about 2 weeks, and in the fridge, about 3-5 days.

To thaw them, place them in the fridge overnight and serve them the next day. Don’t microwaving them, because the frosting will melt and lose its amazing texture. I think these are delicious when they are partially frozen and cold.

 

Rhabarberkuchen mit Vanillecreme und Streusel

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Für den Teig:
100 g Butter
80 g Zucker
1 Pkt. Vanillezucker
2 Ei(er)
75 g Schmand
180 g Mehl
1 TL Backpulver, gehäuft
Für die Creme:
1 Pkt. Puddingpulver, Vanille
40 g Zucker
375 ml Milch
125 g Schmand
Für den Belag:
800 g Rhabarber, geschält gewogen
Für die Streusel:
200 g Mehl
100 g Zucker
1 Pkt. Vanillezucker
150 g Butter, kalte
Zimt, nach Geschmack
Puderzucker, zum Besträuen

Zubereitung

Arbeitszeit: ca. 20 Min. / Schwierigkeitsgrad: normal / Kalorien p. P.: keine Angabe

Den Rhabarber schälen, in kleine Stücke schneiden und zuckern. Etwa eine halbe Stunde ziehen lassen. Danach in einem Sieb gut abtropfen lassen.
In der Zwischenzeit aus den Zutaten für den Teig einen Rührteig herstellen und in eine gefettete Springform (28 cm Durchmesser) füllen. Bei 180° im vorgeheizten Backofen ca. 15 Minuten vorbacken.
Für die Streusel Mehl, Zucker, Vanillezucker und Zimt mit der Butter zu einer krümeligen Masse verkneten.
Den Pudding mit dem Zucker und der Milch kochen und unter ständigem Rühren etwas abkühlen lassen. Den Schmand unterrühren und auf dem Kuchenboden verteilen. Darüber die Rhabarberstücke verteilen und die Streusel darüber streuen. Den Kuchen bei 180° ca. 30 – 35 Minuten fertig backen lassen.
In der Form auskühlen lassen und mit Puderzucker bestreuen.

Diamant Sablé

Dug up a recipe from my days in Finishing School.  The cookies are named diamond because when rolled in coarse sugar they appear as they were rolled in diamonds.

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, chilled
2 ¼ cups flour
½ egg (try to get both the white and some yolk)
¾ cup powdered sugar
Dash of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Coarse decorating sugar (white or desired color)
1 egg white for brushing on the dough

Directions

On your work surface, cut the butter into the flour. Mixture should be the size of peas.

Form the mixture into a circle, and make a well in the center. Add egg, sugar, salt and vanilla to the center and mix together with your fingertips. Cut mixture into the flour and butter.

Line the dough in front of you. Using the heel of your hand, smear the dough away from you to shear the dough against the countertop to combine. Gather the dough together and repeat. The dough should be combined after two to three passes. Work quickly so you don’t heat and soften the butter.

Roll the dough into 2 logs, each about 1 inch in diameter. Wrap each log in parchment or plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.

Turn the logs every 15 minutes so the bottom does not get flat. If you have a rounded loaf pan, you can rest the dough on the pan so it will stay in a round shape. Or, place inside a paper towel roll.

When the dough is well chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap the dough.

Place a piece of parchment paper on your work surface, or use a large plate. Make a line of sugar the length of the dough, about ¼ to ½ inch deep and 2 to 3 inches wide. Brush the log with a thin layer of egg white, then roll in the sugar, pressing to adhere the sugar to the logs. Repeat with second log. If the dough feels soft, place in refrigerator 5 minutes.

Slice dough into ½- to ¾-inch slices and place about 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Reshape as necessary so the cookies are round.

Bake in preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes until cookies are just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an air tight container up to 1 week, or freeze. 

Fairy Dust Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

2/3 cup of sugar
1 cup of butter, softened
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
sprinkles

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then start combining your butter and sugar until mixed well and light and fluffy.
2. Add in your teaspoon of vanilla and continue mixing.
3. Add flour, one cup at a time until combined.

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4. Refrigerate for about an hour.
5. Roll them into one inch balls then roll into multi-colored sprinkles. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 13 minutes until lightly brown on edges.

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Black Midnight Cake

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INGREDIENTS
For the Cake:
2/3 cup dark cocoa powder (we used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder to get that deep dark color)
1 cup hot strong brewed coffee
1 pinch cayenne
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Butter for greasing the pans
Two parchment circles, cut the size of the bottom of your cake pans
Cocoa for dusting the pans

For the Frosting:
1 cup dark cocoa (we used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa to get that deep dark color)
4 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ sticks butter, softened
½ cup buttermilk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
To Prepare the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, dissolve cocoa powder and cayenne with hot brewed coffee and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream oil and sugar until well combined.
Add eggs and beat until light and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. This process beats air into the mixture. Scrape paddle and bowl and beat once.
Slowly add in the coffee/cocoa mixture, buttermilk, and vanilla and beat until batter is smooth. Scrape paddle and bowl and beat once.

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In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to wet and beat on low speed to incorporate. Scrape down the bowl and mix just until all ingredients are combined, do not over mix once the flour is in.
Butter the bottom and sides of two 9-inch cake pans and place around parchment circle in each. Butter the top of the parchment then sprinkle the whole inside of the parchment and pan with cocoa powder, shaking out excess. Pour batter evenly between two pans and place in the center of oven. (note, aluminum baking pans are by far, the best for baking cakes. Non-stick and dark colored pans can change the cake by browning it more than it needs to)
Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Depending on your oven, you may need to rotate cake pans halfway through. During our baking, one cake was done in 30 minutes and the second in 32 minutes. Do not over bake.
Cool pans on wire racks for ten minutes then carefully invert out of the pan onto a rack to cool further.

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To Prepare the Frosting;
Sift cocoa powder with confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream butter until smooth. Add sugar and cocoa powder mixture along with buttermilk and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy. Add additional buttermilk or whole milk if frosting is too thick.
Place a small dollop of frosting on a cake dish to hold the cake from sliding and place one cake on the frosting. Frost the top of that layer. Place the second cake on the first and frost the entire cake, top and sides.

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Mary Todd Lincoln’s White Cake

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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter
1 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (or any other preferred flavoring)
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour (sifted before measuring)
3 teaspoons baking powder
White of 6 eggs

DIRECTIONS:
Cream butter and sugar; sift flour and baking powder together 3 times, and add to butter and sugar, alternating with milk. Stir in nutmeats, and beat well. Then fold in the stiffly beaten whites and flavoring.

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Pour into a well-greased and floured pan. The old-fashioned, fluted copper pan with a center funnel was probably used originally.

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Bake 1 hour in a moderate (350 degree) oven, or cook until the cake tests done.

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Turn out on a wire rack and cool.

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This makes a large cake. The batter can be cut in half and baked in 2 (9-inch) layers if desired. For a good basic white cake, omit almonds. Frost cake with the old-fashioned boiled white icing, noted here.

You may serve Crème Anglaise Sauce with this cake.  A great way to use up all the leftover egg yolks.

NOTES:

President Lincoln is said to have remarked that Mary Todd’s White Cake was the best he had ever eaten. This confection was originated by Monsieur Giron, a Lexington caterer, on the occasion of Lafayette’s visit to that city in 1825. The Todds got the recipe from him and treasured it ever after.

 

Crème Anglaise Sauce

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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups whole milk, cream, or half-and-half
4 large egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
1. Warm the milk or cream in the saucepan and remove from heat. Make sure it’s cool enough to touch before adding it to the eggs. (You can skip this step, but warming the milk separately helps cut down on cooking time)

2. In a medium, heat-proof bowl, whisk the yolks together and then whisk in the sugar and pinch of salt. Continue whisking until the mixture turns pale yellow and forms ribbons on the surface.

3. Whisking steadily, pour the milk into the egg-sugar mixture in a steady stream.

4. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and set over medium heat. Stir constantly in an “S” shape to make sure the bottom doesn’t scald or the eggs curdle.

5. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens enough to fully coat the back of your spoon and is as smooth as silk.

6. You can also check the temperature with an instant-read or candy thermometer — it should be at least 156°F and not exceed 180&deg. (The higher the temperature, the thicker the final cooled custard will be.)

7. Strain the custard to remove any bits of eggs that may have curdled and stir in the vanilla. Doing this over an ice bath helps stop the cooking process so the custard doesn’t over-cook.

Additional Notes:

• Crème anglaise will keep refrigerated for about one week.

• If you’d like to flavor your custard, you can infuse herbs, spices, or other flavors into the milk in Step 1, or add flavoring extracts along with the vanilla in Step 6.

Dirt Brownies

Ingredients for 16 servings

1 ¼ cups sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder
10 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
½ cup flour

Optional: raisins

Preparation
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and butter. Stir using a spatula or a wooden spoon. It will be gritty.
Combine vanilla and 1 egg. Mix until the egg is fully incorporated. Then mix in the other egg.
Add flour and salt, and mix into the batter.
Transfer into a baking dish, add raisins if you wish and bake for 20 minutes and let it cool completely.

Spread the chocolate frosting and then the gummy worms, followed by the cookie crumbs.  If you are using Oreo Cookie crumbs like I have done below,  make sure you mix 2/3 of the crumbs with the frosting and sprinkle the rest on top.  This way the crumbs will stick together better.