Banana Nut Cranberry Bread

Today’s recipe is a fairly simple banana nut bread with the wonderful addition of dried cranberries. I will add dried cranberries to pretty much anything including but not limited to: salads, oatmeal, cereal, muffins, yogurt, and ice cream. See my Nutella Craisin Muffin recipe..which reminds me that I should make that again really soon.

Banana Nut Cranberry Bread: 1 banana, 1 c. flour, 1 c. cane sugar, crushed walnuts, 1/2 c. dried cranberries, 1 tblsp. baking powder, dash of salt, 1 egg, 1/2 c. soy milk, 2 tblsp. melted butter

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Preheat oven to 375. Mix all the dry ingredients together: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, dried cranberries, and walnuts. In another bowl mix the egg, melted butter, soymilk, and smashed banana together.

Put both mixtures together in one bowl and mix well. Then, add the batter to a greased bread pan and bake for 45-60 min or until crust is golden brown.

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It was delicious, the sweetness of the banana and cranberry almost made it a dessert 🙂

In unrelated news, I got an Edible Arrangement for V-day; and with all this sweet fruit in my life, I am on cloud nine!

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Pumpkin Bread with Sunflower Seeds

The holidays always put me in a baking mood so I’ve decided to attempt the classic fall dish that involves pumpkin of course! I’ve seen plenty of pumpkin breads with walnuts but I wanted sunflower seeds because I just love the added flavor.

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Ingredients: 2 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, 1 can of pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, 1/2 c. melted butter, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1 tbs baking powder, a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper, 1/2 c. sunflower seed kernels (or more if you want)

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Preheat oven 350 and mix all dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, spices/seasonings). In a separate bowl, melt the better and wait for it to cool before adding the eggs. Mix all of the wet ingredients together in that second bowl (pumpkin, butter, eggs).

Combine the pumpkin mix with the dry ingredients and make sure it’s all blended well together. After that, mix in the sunflower seeds.

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Pour the mixture into a greased bread pan and sprinkle some sunflower seeds on top. Bake for about 45-55 min.

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Sorry for the poor lighting and bad cutting of the bread but it turned out amazing! I’m so glad I went with the sunflower seeds, it was perfect. All of the spices just made it so delicious.

Last year my holiday song for 2013 was Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson and I still rock out to that one but now my favorite holiday song of 2014 is…..Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande! I love her voice and this song is the perfect “I don’t want to be alone on Christmas” song lol.

And as a bonus, my favorite CLASSIC holiday song of 2014 is Baby its Cold Outside with Michael Buble and Idina Menzel..Two of my favorite voices on one song and the most adorable video!

How cute are those kids?!

Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy the family, friends, and the food!

 

Rosemary Focaccia

Baking isn’t my forte..Mostly because I don’t usually have time for what I call “extra curricular cooking” meaning I’ve only really been cooking dinner with no dessert or appetizers and nothing really made from scratch. Last weekend however, I decided to try baking bread and I found a few really easy recipes..so I started with this Rosemary Focaccia.

Ingredients: 3 c. flour, 1/3 c. olive oil, 1 1/2 c. water, dried rosemary, 1 packet active dry yeast, garlic powder, and salt. (note: I had to add water until the dough wasn’t sticky so I’m actually not sure how much water it was)

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Mixed everything together in a large bowl and kneaded it together. You’re supposed to cover and put it aside for an hour or 2 to let the yeast rise, but I was a little impatient and waited like 30 min.

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I tried to put a design on it but it didn’t really turn out. Put it in the oven on 375 for 30 min or until golden brown. I think I waited a little long because the crust was a little too hard.

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It still turned out really tasty though and I had it with almost every meal throughout the week…Basic bread and butter never fail.

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