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Cinnamon Banana Bread (with Streusel Topping)

13 Mar

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This is one of my first go-to recipes when I started really wanting to cook from scratch in college. I actually usually make these as muffins, but for some reason I felt like a thick slice of banana bread the day I baked these. This recipe is great to make with kids and I have fond memories of smashing up bananas with one of my friends daughters when I would make these in college.

The streusel topping is not a necessity for this bread, but it’s a fun addition if you’re in the mood to make it.

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Cinnamon Banana Bread

Makes 1 nine inch loaf pan, or about 18 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your loaf pan, or line your muffin tins.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl cream your butter and sugar together with a hand mixer.
  • Mix your eggs one at a time to your creamed butter and sugar until well incorporated, then mix in the vanilla and milk.
  • With a spoon or spatula stir in your bananas, leaving a few small chunks of banana. It doesn’t need to be smooth.
  • Now fold in the dry ingredients in just until everything looks incorporated. You don’t want to over mix.
  • Pour your batter into your pan or tins and add the streusel topping now if you wish.
  • For the loaf bake 35 minutes, the muffins only about 25 minutes. For best results rotate your pan halfway through baking.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

Streusel Topping

With a two knifes, or a pastry cutter, cut 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon together in a bowl until your have pea-sized pieces of butter. If your butter is soft enough I have also been know to just use a fork, whatever is easier for you. Sprinkle this mixture over each muffin, or over the entire loaf. The extra cinnamon crumble on top is delicious!

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Recipe of the Week: Fluffy Spiced Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples

15 Jan

I love cinnamon, especially in breakfast foods. So given the chance, I often like to spice up my pancakes. This pancake recipe is light and fluffy with just a hint of spice and when you top them off with cinnamon apples and a little dollop of sweetened cream cheese you have a dream team combination.

Fluffy Spiced Pancakes

Makes 8, 4 inch pancakes

1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
3 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp White Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Grated Nutmeg
1 1/4 cups Milk
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons Melted Butter

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the milk, egg and melted butter. Stir until just combined and still a little lumpy.

Pour a quarter cup of batter on a griddle at medium heat. Flip over when bubbles have appeared all over the pancake.

Sauteed Cinnamon Apples

Makes 4 servings

2 Apples, such as Honey Crisp or Granny Smith
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon Butter
3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/3 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Peel and cut the apples into about half inch cubes and toss with lemon juice. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the apples and saute for about 5 minutes or until softened, but not mushy.

Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt to the apples and simmer for about 5 more minutes. The sauce will be a little runny, but I like it that way so it soaks into my pancakes. If you want a thicker sauce mix 2 tablespoons of water with 1 tsp of cornstarch and add with the cinnamon and sugar.

Sweetened Cream Cheese

1/2 package of Cream Cheese
2 tablespoons Confection Sugar

Cut up the cream cheese into smaller cubes and place in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 20 seconds until just warm and soft. Mix in the sugar until smooth.

Assemble the three parts how you like. A warm mug of Chai tea goes very well with this, if you were wondering. Enjoy!

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