When life hands you beat up looking bananas, make some spectacular Caramel Rum Banana Streusel Muffins! This recipe is actually originally for banana *bread*, but I have now made this same recipe also as coffee cake and muffins. All have been great, but I do have to say that the original *bread* version is still my favorite. Happy Monday!
Remember when you were a kid and your mom would drop you off at the cinema for a matinee and *suggest* you buy a healthy bit of snack, usually suggesting Raisinetes or something, and you said “sure thing Mom” but then ended up buying the three gallon vat of artificially buttered popcorn anyway, because frankly Raisinetes were kind of a dorky snack and you didn’t want to look like a dork in Middle School? That is the inspiration for these cookies. Turns out, Raisinetes make a pretty yummy addition to your standard Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. So there you go. Enjoy.
Yes, it’s that time of year again when I actually *bake a cake*. I usually stick to the cupcake side of things, because they are asier to transport and share, but it is my birthday, so I thought that I would make an actual cake. Here it is: Chocolate Raspberries and “roses”. The roses I bought, and they are edible, though not very tasty and a little styrofaomy. Doesn’t take away from the rest of the cake though so yum. And happy birthday to me!
Here is a quick little recipe that ends up feeding a crowd. This Cranberry Chocolate Chip Tea Bread is quick to make (no mixer needed!), not too sweet and delightful for a snack or breakfast. It’s also festive and seasonal for this time of year! Note that you can halve this recipe is you only need one big loaf (or two smaller loaves).
This is a new type of Christmas Cookie. You see, every year, I experiment with one sort. Sometimes they are a success, sometimes not. And sometimes, while I love the cookies themselves, they are too much of a pain in the neck to make +/- 300 of them, so they don’t get included the next year. This year, I decided to go with a distinctly non-German type recipe — if anything, these Rosemary Apricot Pinecone, with Toasted Pinenuts, almost have a Mediterranean feel to them. They are not too sweet and definitely have a rosemary finish. Most of the sweetness does come from the apricot jam. While the verdict is out on whether they will become part of my regular rotation, they are quite lovely.