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Jacked-up banana bread. Confession time again!

jacked-up banana bread

You see these babies? The brown, spotty, past their prime and about 36 hours from luring in fruit flies bananas? I love them. They’re my absolute favorite. I know, I know how gross that is. The list of people who know my secret are as follows: Alex, but he married me anyway; my mother-in-law, who was about to throw some old bananas out one day and I gave myself up, yelping “wait!” My love of the spotty banana, unfortunately, conflicts with one of my other loves — banana bread. Oddly, and perhaps complimentary, enough, I found myself using Simply Recipes for this bread the way I use Epicurious: rummaging through each and every comment until I’m certain the adjustments I’m itching to make will work. It was just what the doctor ordered. Elise’s Friend Heidi’s Friend Mrs. No need for a mixer for this recipe — need I say more? Preheat the oven to 350°F. How to cook perfect pancakes. Felicity makes her perfect pancakes.

How to cook perfect pancakes

Link to video: Perfect pancakes recipe With hot cross buns already staling on shelves, and mince pies surely mere months away, plum pudding and pancakes are the only two foods I can think of that unite the nation for but one day a year. While more delicate sorts claim to find Christmas pud too "heavy", I've yet to meet anyone, regardless of religious affiliation, who eschews a Shrove Tuesday treat. Why we don't dare to bust them out at Easter too, or on fine September mornings, is a mystery to me. Pancakes are a remarkably versatile foodstuff: French crêpes, Indian dosas, even Ethiopian injera, all fall under the same delightful banner.

Elizabethan pancakes Albala assures me that "the result is a horrible mess" with these proportions ("one can only imagine the author was either careless or had gargantuan hands"), but once I've added enough flour to make it into a more workable consistency, I manage to create a pancake, of sorts, from the mixture. 1. The Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe. Recipe: Pumpkin Doughnut Holes » Bay Area Bites. Happy autumn!

Recipe: Pumpkin Doughnut Holes » Bay Area Bites

Happy Halloween! Pumpkin patches are open for business, black cats, ghosts, and sugar skulls are decorating every shop window, and crazily colorful winter squash are spilling their stripy, curvy glory across produce stands and farmers’ market tables everywhere. Being a Libra/Scorpio with a late-October birthday, I’ve always had an extra-special–all right, downright personal–appreciation for the seasonal joys of this time of year. Apples fresh off the tree, cider pressing, crisp air and deep blue skies, the vivid sunset hues of persimmons, pomegranates, eggplants, and peppers at the market, the slippery squish of pumpkin seeds scraped from a jack o’ lantern: somehow it all links up with the promise of birthday cake, presents, and the imminent delight of dressing up for Halloween. The Bay Area has had a renaissance of doughnut vendors of late, what with the continued success of Dynamo Donut and Coffee and the recent Oakland openings of both Donut Savant and Doughnut Dolly.

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes. Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls. So… I didn’t just make one outrageous cinnamon roll last weekend.

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls

I clearly made two. I think this is the end of the cake batter era. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups. Soooooo… you know that episode of Sex and the City where Miranda has to dump dish soap on top of chocolate cake just so she will stop eating it??

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups

Uh. Yeeeeeah. These are like… of that caliber. And that totally almost happened to me. You PROBably should not make these if you are home alone for four days. I ate what felt like a million, then had a plate of 5-day old green bean fries from the fridge and called it lunch. Sweetapolita. Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

I couldn't believe my eyes this week when I saw the ad for Pumpkin Spice Lattes in my local Starbucks.

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice already? But there's still a little more summer to be had, isn't there? Of course, it was impossible to stay upset for too long; after all, this is lovely pumpkin -- one of my favorite flavors of all time -- that we're talking about! So, I ransacked my pumpkin-flavored recipes to find this one for Pumpkin Cupcakes. You'll recognize that it's a classic, but the cinnamon in the Cream Cheese Frosting gives it a little something extra.

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting from AllRecipes Ingredients For cupcakes 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1/2 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon ground allspice1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 cup butter, softened1 cup white sugar1/3 cup brown sugar2 eggs3/4 cup milk1 cup pumpkin puree.

Zucchini Cupcakes and the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting. Blueberry-Lemon Crumb Bars. Cream-filled Hostess Style Cupcakes. Trio of Battenberg Cakes - Daring Bakers. Mandy of What The Fruitcake?!

Trio of Battenberg Cakes - Daring Bakers

Came to our rescue last minute to present us with the Battenberg Cake challenge! She highlighted Mary Berry’s techniques and recipes to allow us to create this unique little cake with ease. Have you ever tasted a Battenberg cake? Ever even heard of it before? I wouldn't be surprised if the answer to both questions is "no". Apparently, the first Battenberg cake was made to celebrate the marriage of Queen ’s granddaughter, Princess Victoria, to husband Prince Louis of Battenberg. It’s traditionally flavoured with almond and has the signature Battenberg markings, that is, the yellow and pink squares (said to represent the four princes of Battenberg). It is certainly stunning visually and the classic cake is delicious to taste as well.

Daring Bakers' June 2012 ~ Going Batty For the Jubilee. It is the month of June, and off we go to England and celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

Daring Bakers' June 2012 ~ Going Batty For the Jubilee

Mandy of What The Fruitcake?! Came to our rescue last minute to present us with the Battenberg Cake challenge! She highlighted Mary Berry’s techniques and recipes to allow us to create this unique little cake with ease. Last minute or not, it was quite a formidable and exciting challenge, as you will come to see. Pink Vanilla Pocky Cake. Sometimes when you're stressed you need cake.

Pink Vanilla Pocky Cake

Just a little 6-inch personal-size cake with flecks of vanilla bean throughout, and possibly surrounded with your favorite guilty pleasure - strawberry pocky. It helps you forget that you're making a wedding cake and a groom's cake next week. And the fact that you'll have to transport it in 592 degree weather.And that somehow you'll have to manage all this while looking fresh-as-a-daisy in your bridesmaid's dress. Clearly, I needed a cake. This is a strait-forward yellow cake recipe with an American buttercream from the SprinkleBakes book. Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes.

These cinnamon roll cupcakes are just too cute!

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

I took them to an early morning tailgate, and it was a great way to enjoy cinnamon rolls without the mess. Lemon-Blueberry Yogurt Loaf. Lemon-Blueberry Yogurt Loaf Zingy Lemon-Blueberry Yogurt Loaf made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, yogurt and plump blueberries is lightly brushed with a lemon syrup then drizzled with a lemon glaze. Bursting with lemony flavor and fresh blueberries, this melt in your mouth will leave you begging for more. Twix Cheesecakes - Gingerbread Bagels.