Monday, December 15, 2014
A Little Christmas Banter and Recipes to Impress Your Holiday Guests
Here is my gift to you for this Christmas. There won’t be any cards, and I’m pretty sure some of you will get a hand knit scarf and a plate of cookies. As for the tree … maybe that will happen …
Banana Bread Recipe
1 ½ Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons vanilla
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
6 Tablespoons brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
6 Tablespoons butter
½ Cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup ripe bananas (about 2)
¾ cup chocolate chips (I prefer semi sweet)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Whisk together thoroughly: flour, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
In a large bowl, beat on high speed until light in color and texture (2-3minutes): butter and white sugar
Beat in the flour mixture until blended, then gradually add eggs, and bananas.
Add chocolate chips last and do not over-stir
Scrape batter into a pan and spread evenly
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (50-60 minutes)
Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5-10 minutes before removing from pan – then let cool completely on the rack.
Peanut Butter Ball Recipe
2 Cups Crushed Graham Cracker
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Cups Peanut Butter (you choose crunchy or creamy…but I’ll always choose creamy)
½ Cup Melted Butter (salted or unsalted doesn’t matter for this recipe)
1 or 2 squares of Baker’s Sweetened Chocolate
Note: we ran out of sweetened chocolate and used unsweetened and then added semi-sweet chocolate chips and a bit of heavy cream instead.
Mix graham crackers, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and melted butter. Mix until well combined and sticky. Place peanut butter mixture in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes while you enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
Remove from refrigerator and roll into balls (we place the balls onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet to cut down on the mess).
Refrigerate balls for an hour or so while you do something else. This is usually when we start unwrapping chocolate kisses for our other cookie recipe. Feel free to enjoy another cup of coffee or glass of wine!
Before removing balls from the refrigerator, begin melting the chocolate. I’ve never had much luck melting it on the stove, so I recommend using your microwave and a glass bowl. This part is completely up to you.
Remove balls from fridge and roll them in the chocolate.
Please chocolate covered balls back on the wax paper covered cookie sheet or a tray.
Refrigerate until ready to serve or gift.
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