Banana Bread with Buttercream Frosting

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This banana bread uses an interesting ingredient to make it super moist. Not one you would expect, but with a little explanation it makes sense. Mayonnaise. Yes it sounds weird, but mayonnaise is made up of oil and eggs, two ingredients that make this banana bread super moist.

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Make sure to use super ripe bananas because they are sweeter and have a better texture. Some grocery stores sell their over-ripe bananas at a great deal so look out of them- I got a massive bag of bananas for 99 cents.

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Ingredients:

For the Banana Bread:

6 Medium Bananas
1 cup mayonnaise
2 egg
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips

For the Icing:

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk (depending how thick you want the icing)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line and spray a 9×13 pan.

Mash bananas in a large bowl (or mixmaster). Add mayo and egg and mix well.

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Add flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix until combined.

Add chocolate chips and mix briefly.

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Pour batter into prepared 9×13 pan.

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Bake for 40-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Allow to cool. Remove from pan.

While cooling prepare icing. Cream butter on medium speed for 3-4 minutes.

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Add icing sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with milk. Add vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

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Ice the banana bread and cut into individual slices. I piped the icing on for the pattern here. These can be wrapped individually in Saran Wrap. Store in an airtight container.

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

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This recipe adapted from Baker Bettie combines blueberries, lemon and a tart glaze.

Ingredients:

For the loaf:

1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup Tofutti sour cream
¼ cup grapeseed/coconut/olive oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 cups fresh blueberries, divided

For the glaze:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest
2-4 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

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In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and zest.   IMG_3326.jpg

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Add the flour mixture and pulse until just combined. The batter will be thick.

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Fold in 1 ½ cups blueberries and transfer to the loaf pan.

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Scatter the remaining ½ cup blueberries over the top of the loaf.

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Bake for 65 minutes.

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Once the cake has cooled, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon zest in a bowl. Add lemon juice until the consistency is thick but pourable.

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Pour glaze on top of cake.

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The Momofuku Milk Bar Cake

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This post isn’t an original or modified recipe, but instead an experience with a recipe. I’ve included a link to the recipe I followed from Bon Appétit. I didn’t make any changes, but altered the proportions to make the cake larger. I made three times the cake batter from the proportions in the recipe and double the crumb and frosting. In hindsight I would have made triple the frosting as well (I ran a little short when assembling the cake).

I’ve included pictures of the process and a photo of the final product however you can follow the instructions and ingredients in the Bon Appétit recipe.

As for equipment, I bought a 10 inch cake pan for assembly at Michaels, and some sheets of acetate paper.

Mixed Dry Ingredients.

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Butter, sugars, and shortening.

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After adding eggs.

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After adding rest of the wet ingredients.

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After adding dry ingredients.

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Mixed crumb ingredients.

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Mixed frosting.

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Bottom layer of cake pieces.

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Assembled cake.

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Sprinkle Biscotti

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This Molly Yeh modified recipe is a nut free fun way to make an easy batch of two dozen biscotti.

Ingredients:

3 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup grapeseed oil
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
½ cup sprinkles
Raw sugar and extra sprinkles on top of logs just before baking

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the oil and sugar.

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Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla.  Blend until well combined.

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In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

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Add to the mixer bowl and blend until the dough begins to form.

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Fold in the sprinkles.  Form the dough into 2 11×2 ½-inch logs on parchment lined baking sheets. Sprinkle a few extra sprinkles and raw sugar and gently press onto the tops of the logs.

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Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

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Reduce the oven temperature to 250F, slice the logs into 1 inch cookies and place cut side down onto the cookie sheet.  Bake for 25 more minutes.

Mocha Espresso Frosted Cookies

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Based on the grocery store cookie this one is a chocolate espresso take. This cookie is soft and frosted with espresso frosting, making it a delicious dessert or treat to enjoy with coffee.

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup coffee creamer
1 espresso shot
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the Icing:

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1-3 tbsp coffee creamer

Directions:

For the Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a mixer cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.

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Add egg, vanilla, sour cream and creamer. I used a flavoured coffee creamer you find at the grocery store.

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Add flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt and mix well.

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Place golf ball sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet, flatten slightly, and bake for 16-18 minutes.

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Wait until the cookies are cooled to frost.

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For the Frosting:

Cream butter. Add espresso powder and vanilla.

Add powdered sugar, coffee creamer and vanilla. Alternate adding powdered sugar and coffee creamer.

Spread frosting onto cookies. Add more powdered sugar if it is too thin and more creamer of it is too thick. Top with sprinkles if you wish.

Chocolate Tahini Cake with Tahini Frosting

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Adapted from Molly Yeh, this easy cake has the unique flavouring of tahini (sesame) in both the cake and the frosting.

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup almond/coconut/soy milk
½ cup tahini
¼ cup grapeseed oil
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup brewed coffee, at room temperature

For the Frosting:

2 sticks (1 cup) pareve margarine, softened
½ cup tahini
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

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In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the milk, tahini, oil, vanilla, eggs, and coffee. Process until smooth.

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Add the flour mixture and pulse until just combined. Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake for 28 minutes.

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Allow the cake to cool while preparing the frosting.

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Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar, followed by the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Spread the frosting over the cake and chill just before serving.

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Red Velvet Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Based on the grocery store cookie this one is a red velvet take. Soft with cream cheese icing this cookie walks the fine line between cookie and cake.

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup coffee creamer (I used vanilla flavoured)
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Red food colouring (prefer gel based)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the Icing:

1 stick butter, softened
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coffee creamer
3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a mixer cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add egg, vanilla, sour cream, creamer and red food colouring. I used a flavoured coffee creamer you find at the grocery store.

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Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix well.

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Place golf ball sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet, flatten slightly, and bake for 16-18 minutes.

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Wait until the cookies are cooled to frost.

For the Frosting:

Cream butter and cream cheese.

Add powdered sugar, coffee creamer and vanilla.

Dip cookies in icing to frost. Add more powdered sugar if it is too thin.

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Lemon Bars with Coconut Oil Crust

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Adapted from Food 52 where this recipe had a saltier olive oil crust, this bar has the perfect ratio of sweet, tart thick lemon curd and shortbread crust made without butter.

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup coconut oil, melted

Lemon Curd:

6 large eggs, room temperature
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
7 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 lemons, zested
½ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F and line 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the flour, sugar and salt.

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Process until well combined. Add the oil and pulse until a lumpy dough forms.

Transfer the dough to the lined pan and use your hands to pat it flat. Use a fork to prick the dough throughout.

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Bake for 35-38 minutes until puffed and softly golden-brown.

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While the crust is baking, prepare the curd by combining all of the ingredients in the cleaned food processor bowl and process until smooth.

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Lower the heat to 300F.

Carefully pour the lemon mixture onto the hot crust and bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges of the lemon bar are slightly puffed and the center barely jiggles.

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Transfer to the refrigerator after the bars cool to room temperature which makes them easier to slice.

Limoncello Whip

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This delicious and light dessert can be modified for Passover by omitting the cream of tartar in the meringue topping, by substituting the cornstarch with potato starch, by using exclusively kosher for Passover ingredients and by substituting the limoncello with a kosher for Passover liqueur. The limoncello can be substituted with lemon extract to make this non-alcoholic. Feel free to divide this recipe in half to serve fewer people. Pipe your serving sizes as large as you want from small shot glasses to martini glasses. Layer with fresh berries if you like.

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Ingredients for Limoncello Whip:

2 cups unsalted pareve margarine
3 1/3 cups granulated sugar
Zest of 6 lemons
8 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. cornstarch
6 tbsp. limoncello or 2 tsp. lemon extract
4 cups Nutriwhip

Directions:

Melt the margarine, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan over medium heat until the margarine melts fully. Whisk the eggs, lemon juice and cornstarch together and whisk this into the pot.

Continue to whisk the curd over medium heat until it thickens and just begins to bubble, about 8 minutes.

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Take the saucepan off the heat. Add the limoncello/lemon extract, then pour the mixture through a strainer and cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap.

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Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to use. This will keep up to 2 weeks sealed in the refrigerator. Makes approximately 6 cups of lemon curd.
When ready to assemble, whip the Nutriwhip and then fold the lemon curd into the Nutriwhip until combined.

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Transfer to piping bag fitted with a star shaped tip and pipe into dessert glasses.

Ingredients for meringue:

6 large egg whites, room temperature
½ tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Directions for Meringue:

Preheat oven to 250F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy.

Slowly add the sugar and beat on high speed until thick glossy peaks form.

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Divide the mixture between 2 parchment lined cookie sheets and spread to 1/2-inch thickness roughly 9-inch circles. Bake for 90 minutes. Once cooled, crumble meringue into small pieces and top the limoncello whip in each of the dessert glasses.

Maple Apple Cake

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Canada is a great country, and aside from free healthcare we have a few other things going for us – for example maple syrup. This cake is filled with apples, and has maple syrup in both the cake itself and the glaze. This cake will be sure to sweeten up your week.

Ingredients:

For the Apple Filling:

1.5 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Granny Smith apples, chopped

For the Cake:

1 1/3 packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

For the Glaze:

2 tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cinnamon
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Apple Filling:

On medium low heat melt butter or margarine, add brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well and add apples. Cook for 5 minutes.

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For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

In mixer, beat brown sugar, melted butter or margarine, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

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Beat in eggs. Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well.

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Add apples and mix with a spatula. Pour batter into the pan.

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Bake for 30-40 mins. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

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For the Glaze:

Melt butter on medium low heat, add maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well. Add powdered sugar and mix until dissolved. Allow glaze to cool for 10 minutes before pouring over cake.

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Putting it Together:

Using a fork, poke holes all over the cake. Pour the glaze overtop.

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Allow to cool, cut and enjoy.