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Banana Bread Cake Pops

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This past weekend was my boyfriend’s birthday and I planned a surprise party for him (yes, I can be sweet when I try!). So, I decided to treat everyone to some quick, sweet bites- Banana Bread Cake Pops. Why the Banana Bread? Well, it’s a staple in the Naik House- we always have some moist, chocolatey and nutty banana bread that my boyfriend always goes home with. Let’s just say he REALLY likes our banana bread! I thought, why don’t I just use that banana bread and make them into cake pops? Plus, no guests likes to stand around holding a plate and fork chowing down a slice of cake! I mean no one said that cake pops have to be made with a particular type of cake, or cake at all!

I combined a tweeked version of our Banana Bread recipe with sweet banana frosting and enrobed it in deep, dark chocolate. Now, if that doesn’t sound good to you, than I don’t what does! If you’re not a banana fan (like me), you’re palette is definitely going to change after you take a bite out of these!

Banana Bread Recipe:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 1 1/2 quart loaf pan with PAM. Set aside.

1. In a medium-sized bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl whisk together eggs, cream and oil until well combined. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, break up the banana and add sugar.

Using a hand mixer, whip together until fluffy, about 1 minute. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the wet ingredients and beat for 2 minutes.

Add the flour mixture (I added 1/2 cup at a time) and continue beating for 2 minutes longer. DO NOT OVER BEAT! Pour into the loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until inserted wooden toothpicks comes out clean. Set aside to cool for an hour.

Banana Frosting:

1. In a large bowl mash the banana with the lemon juice. Mix in the vanilla and milk.

Using a hand mixer, blend banana mixture together on medium-low speed until slightly smooth. Add the sugar in slowly and continuously with the blender on medium-low. As the frosting becomes thicker, increase the speed of the mixer. Frosting should have a thick and creamy consistency- you don’t want it to be too thick. If it is too thick, you can add a little milk.

Makes 2 cups of Frosting

Coating:

  • 5 3.5oz Dark Chocolate Bars (I used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Brand)
  • Sugar Pearls- any color
  • 1/2 3.5oz White Chocolate Bar (I used Ghiradelli Brand)

1. In a large clear bowl, break dark chocolate bar into small pieces. Microwave for 35 second. Remove and stir with a spatula. Continue until chocolate is almost all melted. Stir vigorously to melt remaining pieces and the chocolate will become shiny. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. When you’re ready to decorate, melt the white chocolate the same way.

To Make Cake Pop Balls:

1. Once the banana bread is cool, break it up into a large bowl.

2. Use a little more than 1 cup of the banana frosting, and stir into the crumbled banana bread. Mix well. The consistency should be almost like a thick, crumbly dough:

3. Using your hands, grab a little bit of the dough and roll into 1-2 inch balls. Ass your rolling, press the dough together to make sure its compacted tightly- you don’t want them falling apart later on! If your hand gets super sticky, just dab a little warmer on them and continue rolling. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper:

Freeze for about 2 hours, or until the balls are cool and hard.

4. Once the chocolate is melted and cooled to room temperature, stick the cookie stick into each cake pop, and dip the balls until completely coated and smooth. Remove and carefully place back on parchment lined sheet. Dip each ball, making sure that they’re dipped all around, and there are no rough edges. If decorating with sugar pearls, coat the tops with a few pearls right after you dip the cake pops. If decorating with white chocolate drizzle, let cool (overnight preferably).

Pour the melted white chocolate in a small ziplock bag and cut a TINY part of the corner off. Drizzle the cooled cake pops, going back and forth until a pretty lined drizzle-effect appears. Let cool for about 2 hours.

5. I served mine in a rectangular basket, filled with a styrofoam piece (so they stay put), and everyone loved them!

Makes about 48-50 Cake Pops


 
 

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Crunchy Eggless French Toast Recipe

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You’re probably thinking how is this Eggless French Toast possible?! Well it is! I woke up this past Sunday morning with a sudden craving for french toast. I’m usually more of a home fries, cheesy-omlette type of person, but I can use a little bit of sweet-stickyness from time to time! So I decided why not make french toast, but healthier, crunchier and eggless?

Hence the birth of Crunchy Eggless French Toast. I combine creamy fat-free half&half with fresh nutmeg and cinnamon and crunchy rolled oats.

Wait, I completely forgot to mention- my brand new Le Cresuet grill pan. Amazing!!! It made my french toast crispy, golden and cooked to perfection! I think I’m obsessed with my new pan :) .

Crunchy Eggless French Toast:

Tools: Griddle Pan

1. In a shallow bowl/plate add milk and half&half and whisk in nutmeg and cinnamon. In another plate combine brown sugar and oats, and mix well making sure to break up the sugar.

2. Heat the grill pan on high to medium heat and spray with PAM Butter Flavor. Dip the bread into the milk mixture for 1 second- do it really quickly making sure not to completely soak the bread. You just want it to be moistened for the crunchy oats to stick, and the cinnamon and nutmeg to seep in. Then coat with the oats-sugar mixture, pressing in making sure its thouroughly covered.

3. Place on the hot griddle pan and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy.

Try to flip only 1-2 times max. Remove and cut in fourths. Top with maple syrup and a generous amount of powdered sugar. Serve with whipcream and fresh berries. Dig in. MMM.

Serves about 4

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Chocolate Cupbread Recipe

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So while everyone needs no introduction to the universally celebrated cupcakes, i shall present cupbreads!

Here in Indonesia, these breads are known as “bloeder”, or sometimes spelt as “bluder”. And I am guessing, from its name, it is probably western influenced. These breads are very much like French Brioche, without small head of a dough on top of it.

Similar to the brioche, the bloeders is very high in both butter and egg content, they are indeed very rich and tender crumbed. I don’t even think you need to chew on these. Besides butter and egg, these bread are also very high in sugar content, which makes it pleasantly sweet tasting even when eaten on its own. But having said that, still, i have decided to fill them up with a generous chunk of milk chocolate. Because really, since i am already eating something sinfully delicious, why not go all the way? LOL

The proofing time for this bread takes a wee bit longer than usual. I suspect it might be because of all that butter and sugar, which might dampen the yeast activities. The total proofing time for this bread was about three hours, and in my tropical weather, that’s considered very, very long.

The dough for these bloeders are also quite different from the dough i am used to. Being high in butter content, these breads are very slimy. My hands kept sliding off the dough as i tried to knead it. Sealing the chocolate chunks within the dough was also not easy with the grease coating all over the dough.

As for the texture of the final product, these breads are so fluffy that you tear a huge chunk off these bread, thinking you will get full after a few mouthful, but in reality, being voluminous looking because of air, these bites just dissolve into nothingness.And you risk looking like a glutton when u reach for your second piece.

I also think i might have overbaked this dough as it turned out quite dry and crusty at the sides, and i must definitely keep closer watch over these next time!

Chocolate Filled Cup Breads

Recipe from an Indonesian cookbook “Roti sisir & Roti Sobek” by Lanny Soechan

15 egg yolks

250 gr granulated sugar

1 kg bread flour

20 gr instant yeast

50 gr milk powder

300 ml fresh milk

250 gr butter

1 tbs salt

some chocolate chunks

some evaporated milk

some chocolate chips

1. Beat egg yolks and sugar till it thickens and turns pale yellow

2. Combine flour, yeast, and milk powder. Add in the egg yolk mixture gradually and stir till well combined.

3. Add in the fresh milk, salt, and butter. Knead till elastic

4. Leave to proof till double in size

5. Punch down dough, cut and weigh each dough to be about 60 gr. Wrap the chocolate chunks within each dough and drop them into papercups. Let it proof a second time till double in size.

6. Brush the surfaces with evaporated milk and sprinkle some chocolate chips.

7. Bake at 160 degree celcius till the surfaces turn a nice golden brown.

 

Source: http://crustabakes.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/chocolate-cupbread/

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Baking, Bread, Chocolate, Dessert, Sweets

 

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Melonpan Recipe – Cooking With Dog

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Ingredients for Melonpan
(5 pieces)

– Bread Dough –
140g Bread Flour (4.94 oz)
25g Sugar (0.882 oz)
1/3 tsp Salt
5g Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder (0.176 oz)
3g Instant Yeast (0.106 oz) – a little less than 1 tsp
1 tbsp Beaten Egg
70ml Warm Water (2.37 fl oz)
15g Butter (0.529 oz)
Bread Flour for dusting

– Cookie Dough –
25g Unsalted Butter (0.882 oz)
35g Sugar (1.23 oz)
25g Beaten Egg (0.882 oz)
80g Cake/Pastry Flour (2.82 oz)
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
Bread Flour for dusting

 
 

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Foodwishes Loaf Pan Chicken by Chris Lilly

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Loafing with Chris Lilly’s Loaf Pan Chicken

We arrived back in San Francisco after a fun, but tiring few days at Kingsford University. I have a great recap planned, but neither the time nor the energy to post it today.

So, if you’ll pardon my “loafing,” I’d like to share this cool loaf pan chicken recipe from Chris Lilly instead.

Please forgive the low-res video and poor sound, as it was shot on my cell phone, but stay tuned for my upcoming HD version, which I’ll adapt for the oven. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
3 1/4 pound chicken
3/4 cup apple sauce
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce to taste
Any dry rub, enough to coat

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Chicken, Foodwishes

 

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Betty’s Jazzed-Up Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Jazzed-Up Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches. The filling is sharp Cheddar cheese, blended with mayonnaise, sour cream, pimientos, green onions and a touch of ground red pepper. It is spread on hearty white bread, topped with tomato slices, and then grilled in butter for a gorgeous and delicious sandwich.

Ingredients (for 2 sandwiches; you may have some filling left over):

2-oz. jar diced pimiento, drained
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
green tops of 1 green onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper, or less, to taste
8-oz. extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
4 white or wheat bread slices
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter, softened

In a large bowl, stir together 2-oz. diced pimientos, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup sour cream, finely chopped tops of 1 green onion, and 1/8 teaspooon (or less) ground red pepper. Stir in 8-oz. shredded extra sharp white cheddar cheese. Spread one side of each of two bread slices with softened butter, and place them, buttered side down, in a large skillet or on a griddle. Spread about 1/3 cup of pimiento cheese mixture on top of each slice of bread. Place 2 thin slices of tomato on top of the pimiento cheese, and cap each sandwich with another slice of bread. Butter the top of the bread with softened butter. Place the skillet over medium heat, and then reduce to low, grilling the sandwiches slowly to allow flavors to mingle and cheese to melt. When brown on the bottom side, turn the two sandwiches over and brown the other side. When both sides are brown, remove from skillet and immediately place on a serving plate. I served mine with Kentucky “Caviar” and Raspberry Tea, both of which you will find in bettyskitchen. I hope you enjoy the sandwiches! –Betty 

 
 

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Betty’s Basic Garlic Bread Recipe

n this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Basic Garlic Bread. This recipe uses bread purchased from the deli section of the grocery store and includes very basic additions for a great accompaniment to pasta, steak, etc.

Ingredients:

½ loaf French or Italian bread, sliced horizontally (You may use home-baked bread or sliced buns or rolls—whatever you have on hand.)
3 tablespoons butter
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh chopped parsley (or less, to your taste)

Place ½ loaf French or Italian bread in a shallow baking pan, cut side up. In a small saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and sauté until tender. Remove from heat and stir in as much of the ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley as desired. Use a pastry brush (or spoon) to spread the garlic butter mixture evenly over the cut side of the half-loaf of bread. For soft garlic bread, place the prepared bread under the broiler unit for a minute or so, until it is brown on top and heated through. For crunchy garlic bread, place the prepared bread in a 350 degree (F) oven for 10 minutes. When the garlic bread is done, remove it from the oven and use a bread knife to cut it diagonally into serving pieces. Serve immediately, while hot! I know this is a very basic recipe, and that it is probably not needed, but you will see it when I upload the complete meal (hopefully on Friday), and I am just anticipating your questions. Enjoy and have a beautiful day! I love all of you; you are never far from my mind. –Betty ♥

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Bread

 

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