RECIPES I LOVE

On this page, you’ll find several recipes that help make life more interesting, from time to time.  I will post some of my Caribbean favorites – Day O! – closer to the holidays, but for now, here are a few from my permanent, greased, dog-eared collection.

banana_breadBANANA NUT (AND RAISIN) BREAD 
This isn’t exactly a healthy version. Make your own healthy substitutions if you feel so inclined. I sometimes do.  Otherwise, enjoy!

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp. milk
1 c. mashed ripe bananas (3 medium)
1/4 c. chopped pecans or walnuts (I skip this one. Kids are allergic.)
1/3 c. shortening (I always substitute butter, minus some of the salt called for by the recipe)
Raisins (1/2 – 1 cup)

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and soda; set aside.  In small mixer bowl, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, and milk; beat well.  Add flour mixture and mashed banana alternately to creamed mixture, beating smooth after each addition.  Fold in nuts.  Turn into lightly greased 8 x 4 x 2 inch loaf pan.  Bake at 350 until a wooden pick (butter knife, ok?) inserted near center comes out clean, 60-65 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan.  Cool on wire rack.  Wrap and store overnight.  Make 1 loaf.  Enjoy!

I take no credit for this recipe, but I’ve been using it for over 13 years, and it works every time!

CARROT CAKE & FROSTINGcarrotcake
from Joyce Hoffman (Pennsylvania Grange Cookbook)

1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 c sugar
2 c grated fresh carrots
1 c crushed pineapple with juice
1 c chopped nuts
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cnnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Blend oil, eggs, and sugar in large bowl.  Stir in carrots, pineapple, nuts and dry ingredients.  Turn into greased and floured pan and bake.  Makes one 13×9 rectangular cake, 3 round layers, or large tube (bundt) cake.  Bake at 350 for one hour (325 if making 3 layers).

FROSTING
8 oz cream cheese
1 TBSP vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar

Soften cream cheese at room temperature; beat all ingredients together.  May require a few drops of milk to bring to easy spreading consistency.  Spread on cooled cake.

I obtained this one from one of the women that worked in the admissions office of the grad school I attended (ca. 1994), and it has been good to me.  Note that I did not say “good for me”.

HOMEY BREAD PUDDING* 2011-01-27-SweetBreadPudding
This one was taken straight out of an Essence magazine.  I swear by it. The next time I try it, I’m going to cross-dress it with some cranberries.  I bet you it will be delicious!
*Warning: This recipe requires at least an hour of “wait time” before you actually put it in the oven for another hour or so, but it’s well worth the wait.

1-pound loaf day-old white or whole wheat bread, torn into pieces (I always use whole grain varieties)
1 quart warmed milk (I’ve always used skim milk.)
3 large eggs
1 1/2 – 2 c. granulated sugar (a healthy substitute, or combination would be wise)
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 c. raisins
3 tbsp butter
Optional garnishes: caramel sauce, pecan halves

Heat oven to 350.  In large bowl, pour milk over bread.  In medium-size bowl, mix eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Stir egg mixture and raisins into soaked bread; mix well.  Generously butter 9×13 baking dish; pour in pudding.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour.  Bake until firm and golden brown, about 45 minutes.  Makes 16 servings or more.

Easy and delicious!

7 thoughts on “RECIPES I LOVE

  1. Coco Rivers

    OMG I am starving and so of course I found my way here. lol. Yes! Am definitely jazzed by the Carrot Cake recipe and I LOVE Banana Nut bread. I’m going to try The Bread recipe this weekend and will holla back 🙂

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    1. SomerEmpress

      Don’t you hate that?!! When you’re most hungry, you see a great recipe which of course, takes way too much time and effort to prepare! LOL! But girl, it’s worth every minute of the time – both the Carrot Cake & Banana Nut Bread recipes. I hope yours turned out as expected! 🙂

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