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Orange Glazed Strawberry Scones. Upside-Down Banana Toffee Cake. This cake is warm and sunny, casual but impressive.

Upside-Down Banana Toffee Cake

It will likely evoke the sound of steel drums and a breeze rustling through the palm trees hanging over your perfect spot on the beach, where you are lying on a sandy towel with salt water in your hair and freckles on your nose and an ice cold beverage weeping condensation on the stand beside you as you close your eyes for a mid-afternoon siesta in the sun between snorkeling and dancing the warm night away… now cue the painful hurtle back to reality; Vancouver’s 100 km/hour wind-warning, raindrops-the-size-of-golf-balls, pasty skin, frizzy hair and damp socks reality… Let’s just focus on cake, okay?

Bananas, brown sugar toffee, rum, and spices. The cake is made in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. You make the toffee first, arrange the bananas on top, then pour the cake batter over and stick the whole thing in the oven. The recipe calls for ripe bananas, but this is not the time to use the brown, smelly ones. Apple Carrot Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping and Molasses Cream Cheese Icing. As winter finishes itself off, we often find ourselves with a few remnants of winter eating lingering in the back of the refrigerator: hardy, woody carrots, soft and wrinkled apples.

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping and Molasses Cream Cheese Icing

We didn't want to waste these last, sweet bites of winter. They are perfect for baking, and we shredded and diced them into a moist, tender cake that is deceptively whole-grain and not too sweet and not too rich. It's a treat, for sure, but it's all full of good things. This is a recipe adapted from one of our favorite cookbooks: More-With-Less Cookbook, a 25-year-old classic of frugal, modest, and whole-grain cooking.

We grew up with the recipes in this book, and the oatmeal cake was a perennial favorite. We tweaked this recipe quite a bit, adjusting amounts here and there, but hopefully remaining true to the spirit of the original. . • Candied Carrot Sprinkles at Cupcake Blog Heat the oven to 350°F. Combine the oats and boiling water and set aside while you beat the sugar and butter. Heat the oven to broil. Frozen Custard. You can serve the perfect dessert at your next barbecue once you learn how to make homemade frozen custards desserts.

Frozen Custard

Frozen custard is quick, easy, and economical to make and can be made in almost any flavor. To make Frozen Custard, you will need: 1 egg (separated) 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup evaporated milk (chilled) Place the evaporated milk in the refrigerator 2 to 3 hours before making the frozen custard recipe. Separate an egg and place the yolk and whites in different bowls. Beat the egg yolk with a whisk or electric mixer. Tips Experiment with flavors by adding peppermint extract, chocolate chips, crushed cookies, or nuts to the custard mixture before freezing. Plum,Chocolate and Pistachio Bake. A big sigh of relief! This Sunday I woke up and something felt different. It wasn't as uncomfortably hot as it has been for the past couple of weeks and I could only think of one thing: baking! I had bought a big bag of plums the previous day and paring them with chocolate was the obvious choice. This is another guilt-free treat: again I've used no butter and no sugar, only fat free yoghurt and raw honey.

I've used really dark chocolate which gives it richness without too much sweetness, and I've added raw cacao nibs and pistachio for texture. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Plum, Chocolate and Pistachio Bake 1/3 cup white, unprocessed spelt flour (or plain wheat flour) 1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder 3 large free range eggs 1tsp natural vanilla extract. Healthy Quick Fruit Desserts. Longing for a sweet after-dinner treat but don’t have hours to spend on a complicated layer cake?

Healthy Quick Fruit Desserts

These light desserts are not only a quick way to satisfy your sweet tooth—they can be prepared in 15 minutes or less—but they are also a delicious way to get antioxidant-rich fruit into your diet. Consider filling store-bought crepes with a quick fruit compote or using that same compote to top vanilla ice cream. Don’t want to cook? Quick frozen yogurts are only minutes away. Tgif: monkey edition. « Of Cookies & Carrots. Firstly: If my face looked kind of big in those photos yesterday it’s probably because you guys compliment me too much and it’s going to my head. ;) Secondly: Thank GOODNESS it’s Friday.

tgif: monkey edition. « Of Cookies & Carrots

Granted, I still have a neuro test to study for alllll weekend, but at least I won’t have classes. Anyways, about that cookie dough… I stumbled upon this recipe for peanut butter-banana-chocolate chunk cookies. And let’s be honest my favorite flavor combination in the world is peanut butter + bananas + chocolate (I may be part monkey). Made according to the original recipe, these are quite healthy. Innards. Ice Cream. July is National Ice Cream month, and I’m so excited to show you how making your own homemade ice cream is easier than you may think!

No ice cream maker? No problem. Out of rock salt? Monkey Bread II Recipe.