As my son said after gobbling up his first piece, “This is GOOD banana bread!” 🙂 Really good. It’s probably because it’s actually more of a banana coffee cake. The streusel was amazing.
This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living. I incorporated whole wheat flour. It made a very special breakfast but would also be a wonderful snack or dessert.
For the Streusel:
- 6 T unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for the pan
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
For the Cake:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup banana purée from 2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- Place an oven rack in the lower third. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter or cooking oil spray; line with parchment, leaving a 1-inch overhang on long sides.
- Make the Streusel: In a bowl, combine flours, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the butter and pecans until small clumps form and mixture is evenly moistened. (I used a pastry blender.) Set aside.
- Make the Cake Batter: In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt.
- In another bowl, whisk together butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk; stir in mashed bananas.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and pour banana mixture in. Stir together until just combined making sure not to overmix.
- Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle half of the streusel evenly over the batter.
- Add the remaining batter, then sprinkle remaining streusel over the top.
- Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes, tenting with foil after 1 hour if browning too quickly.
- Let cool in pan 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely before serving.
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Tags: banana, banana bread, breakfast, brown sugar, brunch, cake, coffee cake, dessert, pecans, quick bread, snack, streusel, whole wheat
Yield: One 10 or 11-inch round loaf
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, cold (you may need a little less or more)
- 2 large eggs, cold
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, COLD, cut into smaller chunks, plus more for greasing the baking dish
- 1 cup dark seedless raisins
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- Equipment: one 10- or 11-inch round, ceramic or glass baking dish. A round, straight-sided dish is best (not a pie dish with slanted sides). You could substitute a metal cake pan but not a very dark metal non-stick pan, because the top will likely burn before the interior of the loaf is cooked.
- Position oven rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 375° F, preferably on convection. Use the “extra” butter to generously grease the baking dish. Dust the baking dish with flour: scatter a small handful of flour inside the dish and shake it around so that bottom and sides are coated. Turn dish over and tap out any excess flour.
- Pour buttermilk into a medium bowl or measuring cup. Break eggs into buttermilk and whisk with a fork to just combine. Add baking soda and whisk to just combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- Scatter 6 tablespoons of COLD butter over the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter or, if you don’t have one, use two table knives in a criss-cross motion from edge-to-edge of the bowl to cut in the butter. The butter should be visible in small bits throughout the flour, not completely absorbed.
- Gently stir in raisins. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
- Pour 1 cup of the buttermilk mixture into the well. Stir gently with wooden spoon (do not use your hands) until flour is moistened. Use a spatula to gently fold any dry flour from the sides and bottom into the wetter dough. (Fold gently, don’t whip the dough or over-stir.) Add more of the buttermilk mixture as needed, in small amounts, to create a dough that is neither too wet or too dry. You may need more or less than the 1-1/2 cups buttermilk called for. If you need more liquid, plain buttermilk is fine. The dough should look lumpy and be more wet than dry.
- Dust a little flour on your hands, then shape dough quickly and roughly into a ball, without over-handling it. Transfer dough ball to the greased and floured baking dish. Use the back of the wooden spoon to spread dough in as few strokes as possible to edges of dish.
- Use the handle end of the wooden spoon or your index finger to make a shallow cross (1/4 inch deep) on top of the dough, top to bottom and side to side. This is to encourage the bread to rise in quarters for easier slicing. Very lightly scatter a tiny bit of flour over the dough.
- Place baking dish in oven. Baking time will be about 35 to 45 minutes. Check after 30 minutes: bread should be golden brown and look set. Test by inserting a knife in the center of the bread. If there is wet dough on the knife, bake for up to 10-15 minutes more. Do not over-bake.
- Remove from oven and let bread cool in baking dish about 10 minutes. Remove from baking dish and let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. (It will crumble if you try to slice when still warm.) Keeps very well for a few days, wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap. (I let mine cool in the baking dish.)
Posted in Baking, Bread, Coffee Cake, Holiday, Quick, Recipes, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast)
Tags: breakfast, buttermilk, golden raisins, Irish, quick bread, raisins, snack, soda bread, St. Patrick's Day, whole wheat
I made this super moist and tender breakfast cake with my precious Meyer lemons. It could be made with regular lemons too, of course. I did think that the tangy glaze was a little over the top, so I modified the recipe to make half of the amount next time.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, via The View from the Great Island.com. I incorporated whole wheat pastry flour in addition to cake flour and baked the bread on convection in a Pullman loaf pan. Special and tasty. 🙂
For the Cake:
- zest of 1 Meyer lemon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup cake flour or all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
For the Glaze:
- 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice to thin, start with 1 tablespoon and add more as necessary
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Lightly butter (or spray with cooking oil spray) a Pullman loaf pan or 9×5 loaf pan and line it with parchment paper with long ends so you can lift the bread out later for glazing and slicing. Crease the ends so that they do not fold over onto the cake while it is baking.
- Remove the peel from the lemon with a vegetable peeler. A serrated peeler works best for this. You want to remove just the yellow part of the peel, with little of the bitter white part.
- Put the sugar and lemon peelings in a food processor and process until the peels are completely incorporated into the sugar.
- Put the lemon sugar and butter into a stand mixer and cream until light and fluffy ~ a full 5 minutes.
- Beat in each of the eggs, one by one, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Continue beating for another 2-3 minutes.
- Whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt and add to the mixer, alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Finish mixing by hand, to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed, but don’t over beat.
- Turn the batter into the prepared pan, spread out evenly, and bake on the center rack for about 40 minutes in a Pullman pan, or up to 50-55 minutes in a standard loaf pan, or until fully risen and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it (moist crumbs are fine).
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove, using the parchment paper handles, and let fully cool on a rack.
- Meanwhile whisk together the sugar with enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze. Spread the glaze over the cooled bread.
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Tags: breakfast, brunch, cake, cake flour, coffee cake, dessert, glaze, lemon, meyer lemon, quick bread, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour
By using maple syrup and brown sugar as sweeteners as well as whole wheat pastry flour, oats and almonds in the topping, this recipe succeeds as a lighter version of this classic comfort food dessert. We indulged a little and ate it with vanilla ice cream, of course. 😉 Without the ice cream, this dish could actually be served for breakfast.
This recipe was adapted from The Washington Post, contributed by nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger. Lovely.
Yield: 8 servings
For the Topping:
- 1/4 cup canola oil or other neutral-tasting oil
- 1/2 cup plus 1 T almond meal or slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (whole wheat flour may be substituted)
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp coarse salt
For the Filling:
- 3 pounds ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/4-inch slices (I used 6 Bartlett pears)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- 1 T cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Spray a 10×9-inch (can also use an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch) baking dish with cooking oil spray, or brush lightly with oil.
To Make the Topping:
- If using slivered almonds, process them in a food processor until finely ground; alternatively use almond meal. Transfer to a medium bowl.
- Add the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt to the ground almonds.
- Drizzle the mixture with 1/4 canola oil; stir until well incorporated. Set aside.
To Make the Filling & Finish the Dish:
- Combine the pears, maple syrup and lemon juice in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle the fruit mixture with the cornstarch, cinnamon and ginger; stir until the pears are evenly coated.
- Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
- Crumble the topping over the pears.
- Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until bubbling and the topping is lightly browned.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
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Tags: almond meal, almonds, Bartlett, breakfast, brown sugar, comfort food, crisp, crumble, dessert, fruit, healthy, light, maple syrup, oats, pear, rolled oats, slivered almonds, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour
This recipe is absolute GENIUS. It was a genius idea for me to make it on Super Bowl Sunday too. I am usually cooking while my family is watching the game- and commercials- in another room. This year, the meal was cooked and ready to go; it was kept warm in the pressure cooker with the lid in place while I was sitting on the sofa with everyone. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I increased the garlic and used ground turkey and whole wheat spaghetti. I also made it in my stove top pressure cooker instead of an Instant Pot. We enjoyed it with garlic bread and Caesar salad. Great.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
For the Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2-4 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
- ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 basil sprigs, plus more thinly sliced for serving
- 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti (not thin spaghetti), broken in half
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
- 1 cup ricotta (optional)
For the Meatballs:
- 1 pound ground turkey (or substitute veal, pork or beef)
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a stove top pressure cooker or Instant Pot on sauté. Stir in garlic, red pepper and black pepper, and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Stir in tomatoes, salt and basil sprigs; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together ground meat, bread crumbs, Parmesan, chopped basil, egg, salt and garlic. Roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. (I used a large cookie scoop and placed them on a large plate, shaping them into balls when I placed them into the pot.)
- Pour 1 cup water into sauce in pot, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of pot.
- Scatter uncooked spaghetti over the sauce.
- Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil over spaghetti, stirring gently (try to keep the spaghetti on top of the sauce), then top with meatballs.
- Cover and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Manually release the pressure, then remove the cover and stir to separate the spaghetti.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
- At this point, the pasta will be almost but not quite cooked through. Place the top back on the pressure cooker (loosely) and let it sit for 3 to 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and spaghetti is al dente but not mushy.
- Serve dolloped with ricotta, if using, and sprinkled with thinly sliced basil and more Parmesan if you like.
Posted in Holiday, Pasta, Pressure Cooker, Quick, Recipes
Tags: basil, dinner, ground beef, ground turkey, Instant Pot, Italian, meatballs, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta, pressure cooker, ricotta, spaghetti, Super Bowl, whole wheat
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This healthy carbonara was unbelievably creamy. It was also absolutely loaded with fresh spinach. Amazing!
The purpose of the smoked gouda topping was to mimic the smokiness of the missing pancetta or bacon in this lighter, vegetarian version of “carbonara.” I thought is was equally delicious with and without it.
This recipe is from The New York Times, contributed by Kay Chun. I used whole wheat spaghetti and increased the garlic. It was a quick and delicious weeknight dish.
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 7-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 T unsalted butter
- 1 pound fresh baby spinach
- red-pepper flakes, to taste, optional
- ¾ cup grated Parmesan (2 1/2 ounces)
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup grated smoked Provolone or Gouda (1 1/2 ounces)
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until light golden, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Reserve 2 cups cooking water and drain the pasta.
- Return the pasta and reserved cooking water to the pot and heat over low. Add the butter and onion-garlic mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid is absorbed and sauce is slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the spinach, season with salt, plenty of pepper and red-pepper flakes, if using, and stir until spinach is wilted.
- Stir in the Parmesan and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.
- Divide the pasta among 4 bowls and top each with 2 tablespoons smoked cheese. Finish with more black pepper, if desired.
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Tags: baby spinach, carbonara, dinner, gouda, Italian, parmesan, provolone, spaghetti, spinach, vegetarian, whole wheat
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A couple of my friends thought that I was joking when I told them that I try not to bake that much! I am trying not to… 😉
That being said, I was dying to make these as soon as I saw them on Marisa’s Italian Kitchen. She made them in the most darling muffin pan too. This recipe was adapted from New York City’s Clinton Street Baking Company Cookbook, via Marisa’s Italian Kitchen. I incorporated white whole wheat flour, modified the proportions, and reduced the baking time.
They were a very special breakfast. 🙂
Yield: 10 muffins
For the Crumb Topping:
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 2 T unsalted butter, cubed
For the Muffin Batter:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- a teaspoon grated lemon zest
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup white whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries, plus 10 additional raspberries for topping (or 20+ blueberries)
- Crumb Topping (above)
- In a small bowl, mix together all the Crumb Topping ingredients using a pastry blender, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Refrigerate the crumb mixture until your ready to use it. (This can be prepared in advance.)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F, preferably on convection.
- Line a muffin pan with 10 paper muffin cups or coat with cooking oil spray.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the egg and the lemon zest to the mixture and blend until combined.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl.
- Mix in ¼ cup of the sour cream into the butter mixture, then half of the flour mixture and repeat with the rest of the sour cream and flour mixture. Do not over mix!
- Gently fold in the 1 cup of raspberries with a rubber spatula until evenly distributed.
- Scoop the batter into the muffin cups and top each muffin with 1 tablespoon of the Crumb Mix and a raspberry.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, on a middle rack, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
- Allow to cool, then serve.
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Tags: blueberry, breakfast, Clinton Street, crumb, crumb cake, cupcakes, dessert, lemon zest, muffin, raspberry, whole wheat