Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Banana Carrot Bread (or muffins)

Why I never thought of this combination before I don't know. These are super moist and delicious, I love eating them straight from the oven with a little butter! I baked the batter in petite loaf pans because they are so dang cute! The recipe will make 1 regular size loaf, 12 muffins, or 8 petite loaves. I got the idea for this recipe from the King Arthur Baking Sheet, I baked their recipe, but decided to try just adding carrots to my standby banana bread recipe and I liked it even better. If you would like to try making my banana bread, just omit the carrots and add one more mashed banana. Oh, and next time I will drizzle cream cheese icing over the top, just because.

Banana Carrot Bread

1/2 c. butter softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
1 c. finely shredded carrots

Preheat oven to 325. Spray pan with cooking spray.

Cream together the butter and sugars for 2 minutes. Slowly add the eggs and vanilla, beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the nuts and carrots. For the petite loaf pans it took 24 minutes to bake, a large loaf would take approximately 50 minutes, and I'm guessing muffins about 18-20 minutes.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dark Chocolate Cookies

One lone little cookie...that was all that was left of the batch this morning, I had to snatch it to take a pic before my husband ate it! These cookies are perfect, soft, chewy, fudgey, need I go on? I added Reeses chips to these, they would be good with anything, I think next time I'll try chopped almonds and white chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Cookies

2 c. flour
3/4 c. unsweetened baking cocoa (I used Hershey's)
2 Tbs dutch process cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 c. butter (I used salted)
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 bag peanut butter chips (or whatever add in you would like)

Preheat oven to 350.
In medium sized bowl whisk together flour, cocoas, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In mixing bowl cream butter and sugars together for 2 minutes. With mixer on low, add in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chips. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cracks appear on top and centers are puffed up. Cool on rack.