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Banana Cinnamon Muffins

28 Jan

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This is just a little muffin. Nothing fancy. It has some bananas and some cinnamon. Actually, for the common person, probably a lot of cinnamon.

I had extra bananas because as much as I like bananas I never seem to finish them. Typically I freeze the bananas and make a banana cinnamon smoothie. I guess I was feeling adventurous.

Anyway within an hour, I made these and ate them with a cup of coffee. Simple times are good times. 🙂
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Banana Cinnamon Muffins:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (more or less)
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup white sugar (I use less sugar because ripe bananas are plenty sweet for me)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil (I know butter has more flavor but I was trying to cut down on fat)

For the streusel:

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients (don’t include sugar). In a separate bowl, beat all of the wet ingredients (including sugar) with either a mixer or wooden spoon (I use a wooden spoon because it’s old-fashioned and I feel like I get a workout). In another bowl, combine the streusel ingredients until it becomes coarse crumbs…like cornmeal. Scoop the batter into a muffin pan, top with streusel mixture and bake for about 18- 20 minutes.

I’m pretty sure you can’t mess these up….

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Dark chocolate chip cookies

20 Jul

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Now I know these are just chocolate chip cookies. However, chocolate chip cookies are exactly what I need in my life right now. They’re simple, tasty and unadorned. No fancy-ness, no surprises. You see friends, I’m getting ready to start something new in my life and I wanted something that I knew I could count on. Ooooh good ol’ chocolate chip cookies you’ve never let a girl down! We all know what they taste like but sometimes we all just need a reminder of what’s good and simple.

As simple as they are, I did make some changes. Small ones.
First: dark chocolate chips. Why? Dark chocolate just tastes better and I think there are some antioxidants involved. Win-win.

Second: pure organic cane sugar. Granulated sugar ain’t got nothin on cane sugar. It’s not as sweet and much more complex. You: “why is that molasses I taste??” me: “no. That’s cane sugar.”

Third: a pinch of cinnamon just cause I watched a show on true ceylon cinnamon and it had me wishing I had some. But I don’t. So I used American cinnamon.

So do yourself a favor and make some chocolate chip cookies. You and everyone else will be happy.

**Especially to my dear friends who any second could be having a baby and experiencing real good and happy changes. Heck they might be doing that right now! Hurry up and make some cookies before the baby comes!

Adapted from Martha stewart’s Cookies book
Ingredients:
2 1/4 c. Flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c. Unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 c pure organic cane sugar
1/2 c dark brown sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Pinch of cinnamon
Dark chocolate chips

Preheat to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake about 10-12 minutes, rotating half way through

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Hummingbird cupcakes

16 Jun

Hummingbird cupcakes, huh? Sounds kind of gross right? If it doesn’t then you’re from the south or your imagination doesn’t create elaborate stories like mine so often does. Or you’ve just heard of them before. So let’s get this out of the way…THESE WERE NOT MADE WITH HUMMINGBIRDS. They were made with delicious pineapple, honey, banana and yes there’s more….cinnamon! Traditionally, I should have thrown some pecans up in there but I didn’t have any. I then topped these little hummingbirds with a cream cheese cinnamon frosting. Cinnamon wasn’t necessary but I needed a little “hmmm” to cut through the sweetness. You know what I mean, right?

Oh yeah, one more thing about these cupcakes…they were the featured cupcake to my pop-up cupcake stand debut. And I’m definitely planning on popping-up again.

Recipe adapted from Georgetown Cupcake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (from about 3 large bananas)
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup hot water

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My “Cesar” cookies

8 Jun

“Happy birthday Cesar!” Thats what I said to my friend before I handed him a plate of these. He seemed happy and seemed to like them so it was 26th birthday mission accomplished.
A few days before I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. I offered baked goods. He accepted.
He said he liked cinnamon.
He said he hates coconut.

After a few questions later, I came up with these. Cinnamon thumbprint cookies with dulce de leche.

I didn’t have time to make my own dulce de leche so I settled for store-bought and Justin carved into the can with a screwdriver (we were in a parking lot without a can opener). Maybe the Swiss will get this memo.

Anyway, I’m happy he enjoyed them and I’m pretty sure all of us ate more cookies than him. Oops! Well sharing IS caring

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