Banana Bread — July 4, 2015

Banana Bread

Bananas are a staple food for me.  I have one almost every day whether it is for breakfast or a snack.  They are always on my weekly grocery list.  My husband on the other hand will not touch them. He refuses to eat almost anything that deals with bananas. ALMOST anything. He likes this banana bread (with chocolate chips).

This bread does not have an overwhelming banana flavor.  There is a balance that satisfies the banana lover in me and does not disgust the banana hater in my husband.

Another win for the loaf is its amazing crust.  It always comes out of the oven a deep golden brown color, crispy and caramelized. The perfect texture and warm sugary flavor. Banana Bread

I always add chocolate chips to the recipe because my husband and I are both chocolate fanatics. You can add nuts if you prefer or just keep it as pure banana bread.  Whatever you do, this sweet, soft bread will not disappoint.

*Warning: while baking this bread it will make your kitchen smell wonderful.  Resist the urge to remove it from the oven and devour the entire thing immediately. It comes out of the pan better after it has cooled for about 10 minutes. Or you could be like me and start eating straight out of the pan while it is hot! 😉

Banana Bread

Prep time: 15 min        Baking Time: 1 hr          Baking Temperature: 325°F

2 cup Flour

1 1/4 cup Sugar

1 tsp Baking SodaBanana Bread 3

1/2 tsp Salt

2 Rips Bananas, mashed

2 Eggs

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

1/4 cup Buttermilk

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Nuts or Chocolate Chips if you desire

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and prepare your bread pan by greasing the bottom, corners, and sides very well.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the nuts or chips at this point if you are adding them. Set this mixture aside.
  3. Mash the bananas in a small mixing bowl. Continue mashing them until most of the chunks are gone (the riper your bananas are the easier this will be). Add rest of your wet ingredients and whisk together until it is well combined.
  4. Form a well in your dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.  Gently stir everything together until it is just combined. Do not over mix or your bread will have a tougher texture.
  5. Pour the batter into your well greased bread pan, and bake for one hour. A knife or toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out mostly clean if the bread is done. Bake for an additional 10 minutes if it isn’t quite finished. Let the loaf cool in the pan for at least ten minutes before removing.

Candied Bacon — June 14, 2015

Candied Bacon

I saw something about candied bacon once and have been curious ever since.  Today I finally gave it a try! It was very simple and the results were amazing.  The saltiness of the bacon remained while the sweetness of the brown sugar added another layer of flavor.

Here are the steps:

First, preheat your oven to 400°F.  Line a baking sheet with tinfoil (this will make cleanup much easier). Lay the bacon strips on your foil-lined baking sheet. Make sure they aren’t touching. I fit about ten strips of bacon on mine.

Next, sprinkle each piece with a bit of brown sugar. I filled a small dish with some brown sugar and just used my fingers to sprinkle it over the bacon.

Brown Sugar Brown sugar on the bacon

Now you can place your bacon into the oven.  I cooked my for 21 minutes, but I had fairly thick slices. Keep an eye on your bacon. I would start checking it periodically around 15 minutes.  The thickness of your slices will have a big impact on the cooking time.

Comment below with any questions you have!
Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil (for easier cleanup). Lay slices of bacon on the cookie sheet, being sure they are not overlapping.  Sprinkle each piece of bacon with brown sugar. Bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes. The baking time will vary with the thickness of the slices.

Maple Frosting — June 13, 2015

Maple Frosting

This maple frosting has the perfect amount of maple flavor.  It isn’t overwhelming, but it can definitely be tasted! I have been wanting to make maple bacon cupcakes for a while now, and this is the frosting I will be using! (I am currently formulating a recipe for the cupcakes. A post will be coming very soon!)

Maple Frosting

Maple Frosting

  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 1 1/2 tsp Maple Extract
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  1. With an electric mixer whip together the shortening, maple extract, and maple syrup.
  2. Sift in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix on high speed until the frosting is fluffy, and all of the ingredients are well combined.