Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Streusel Banana Bread

This banana bread is so soft and has an awesome sweet crunch. It has a touch of cinnamon in the bread that ties it into the streusel topping. If you're in the mood for coffee cake but have extra bananas lying around then this is the bread you should make!

Streusel Banana Bread
Recipe Source: Little Bits Of

1 Egg
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Butter, room temp
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 Bananas, ripe and mashed
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, egg, and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add in the butter and beat until smooth. Add in the bananas and buttermilk and beat until combined.

3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon and whisk. Slowly add the flour mixture into the the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour into your prepared pan.

4. For the crumb topping...Combine all of the ingredients. Crumble over the batter in the pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

I love banana bread. This week I have a couple different recipes for you. This time I found another way to spice it up! This bread is soft, moist, and full of banana flavor. The cinnamon sugar just adds a little something that makes it that much better!

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
Recipe Source:

2 cups Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, not packed
4 Tablespoons Butter, room temp
2 large Eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed Bananas, ripe
1/3 cup Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Cinnamon Swirl
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan. 

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and whisk. In a large bowl combine the brown sugar and butter and beat together on medium speed until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add in the banana, greek yogurt, and vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon. Slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

3. Pour half of batter into your loaf pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar over the batter. Pour the rest of the batter on top. Gently swirl with a butter knife. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan and then let cool completely on a wire rack.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Strawberry Graham Icebox Cake

I am posting this sweet, crisp, and creamy dessert over at Sawdust & Embryos today. Its perfect for these HOT summer days! Go get the recipe here!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Perfect Teriyaki Chicken

So as you know, I'm always deciding what we're having for dinner 2 hours before. I usually have an idea of what I want to make and I go straight to pinterest. Lucky for me I found the most amazing teriyaki sauce recipe. Its sweet, salty, and has the perfect amount of ginger and garlic to make it perfect! I sprinkled some pineapple with brown sugar and grilled it to caramelize, it was the perfect side!

Perfect Teriyaki Recipe
Recipe Adapted From: Bakerette

2 Chicken Breasts, pounded until even
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
2 cups Water
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
2 cloves Garlic
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Honey
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Cold Water

1. In a large skillet pour oil and heat over medium-low. Salt and pepper your chicken and place in the hot oil. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine the soy sauce, 2 cups water, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, honey and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to a simmer.

3. In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until dissolved. Add the mixture to the sauce and stir until it has thickened. Pour it over the chicken and simmer for a few minutes. Serve over rice!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Peanut Butter Cheerio Treats

This is a quick and super easy snack or treat(cause there's a lot of sugar). But since Cheerios is a cereal I think its snack appropriate:) Its sweet, full of peanut butter flavor, and has a great crunch from the cheerios. You'll love these!

Cheerio Treats
Recipe Source: Kathie Cooks

1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Corn Syrup
1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
5 cups Honey Nut Cheerios

1. Put cheerios in a large bowl. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar and corn syrup. Stir and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute and then remove from heat.

2. Add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir. Pour over cheerios and mix until completely covered. Drop spoonfuls onto parchment or a silpat mat. Let cool before eating!    
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Campfire Dip

We love camping! But it can be a bit overwhelming packing all of the food for a family of 6 to go camping so I look for easy, quick, but still delicious meals and snacks to take with us. This is one of my favorite dips for an afternoon snack or while we're waiting for our dinner to cook. Its quick, creamy, and cheesy. Its a good one for your next trip!

Campfire Dip
Recipe Adapted from: Twin Dragonfly Designs

1- 8oz container of Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Salsa
1/4 cup Colby Jack Cheese

1. On a large piece of heavy duty tin foil layer the cream cheese, salsa, and cheese. Wrap up the foil into a packet so nothing oozes out. Place near hot coals for 20 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve hot!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

One Hour Dinner Rolls

So as usual its 3 o'clock before I start thinking about what we're going to have for dinner. This particular night I decided on soup. And people, you know that nothing goes better with soup than some fresh, hot out of the oven, dinner rolls. But like I said, its 2 hours before dinner time and so there's no time... Until I decided to search Pinterest and came across this recipe. The answer I was looking for!

You would think that there's no way they would be as good as rolls that take hours and hours to make, but you'd be wrong. Way wrong. These have become one of our favorite recipes. They are pillowy soft, and the perfect texture. I make them all the time now. These are what you need to make when dinner is only an hour away!

1 Hour Dinner Rolls
Recipe Source: Our Best Bites

1 1/2 cups Non-Fat Milk (I make mine from powdered milk)
3 Table spoons Butter, cut into pieces
3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Quick-Rise Yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 Egg, room temp

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a glass bowl combine the butter, milk, and sugar for approx. 2 minutes. You want to heat it until its between 120-130 degrees. 

2. While the milk mixture is heating up, combine the 3 1/2 cups of your flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk together. When your milk is warm enough add to your flour mixture and beat. Add your egg and beat until just combined. Scrape the sides of your bowl and add the remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until soft and sticky. 

3. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of flour on your counter and scrape the dough on to it. Sprinkle more flour on the top of your dough. Gently press your dough into a rectangle. score your dough with a knife into 24 sections and gently form each section into a ball. Place your dough balls in your prepared pan. 

4. Let the dough rest for about 25 minutes or almost double in size. Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pan from the oven and brush the tops with your melted butter.
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