Butterscotch Chip Banana Nut Bread

I was looking for a recipe with not a lot of butter yet filled with a lot of moist banana-ed morsels of yummy goodness. After a few tries at different formulas I've settled on the following, originally found in about.com:SouthernFood but with my own modifications. I've used this same recipe a number of times now and it has not dissapoint. To make sure it's super good, the bananas have to be ripe. And not just with black dots, but on the verge of you want to chuck it out because it looks so mushy black all over with yellow bits. I make these in a loaf pan or in mini muffin pans which are great for bit sized snacks. You can substitue the Butterscotch chips with Chocolate chips.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare mini muffin pans or loaf pan by the grease and four method or use mini muffin liners.

Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl until blended. Combine butterscotch chips and toasted walnuts in a small bowl; toss with 1 tablespoon flour.

Beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract.

Beat in flour mixture on low speed. Before it's all incorporated, add your chip-nut mixture. Mix until JUST blended. Do not over mix.

Bake bread until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 - 50 minutes for the loaf pan and 15-20 minutes for the mini muffin pans depending on your oven. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan; turn out onto rack to cool completely.

Enjoy with a cuppa tea.

Do not read this

This morning on my way to work I stopped by Starbucks to replenish our dwindling office coffee supply. The cashier asked me if I wanted any thing else and I replied no. I guess it was preposterous to her to not consume a freshly brewed coffee beverage of some kind if you are at a Starbucks at 8am in the morning, all to just walk out with a bag of ground coffee in your hand because she went on to offer me a free Pike Place coffee, their new brew. Sure why not I said. Score! Free coffee. Well that's not all, shortly after that the barrista informed me my request for Sumartra cannot be fulfilled due to a stock shortage, so instead, I chose Komodo Dragon. But since they didn't have what I requested the cashier handed me a coupon for a free beverage next time. So after all that I walked out with not one but two freebies. Now here's the interesting part, as I type this I'm feeling like such an idiot because this is exactly what the sneaky marketing people at Starbucks want me to do (see, one more name drop right there.) If they are nice to me by giving me free stuff then I go and tell all my friends and then all my friends will want to go to Starbucks because I've mentioned Starbucks so many times that it's all they can think about. So if you are reading this then obviously you did not follow the instructions of the post title and you have just been infiltrated with Evangelism Marketing, an advanced form of WOMM, Word of Mouth Marketing, in which companies develop customers who believe so strongly in a particular product or service that they freely try to convince others to buy and use it. The customers (in this case, me) become voluntary advocates, actively spreading the word on behalf of the company. Now I could simply just scrap this and not post the entry but now that I've spent time writing out my train of thought in run on sentences it would be such a waste not to. So the institution wins again. Oh well. Time to go relax and have a coffee.


...some sunshine after weeks of fog. Photos from this afternoon's stroll on the Yaletown seawall.

Lego Structure Session 1.3

A sneak preview. It's a combination of 8 different structures, including an urban garden with trees hanging upside down. Proper photo session to come.

Turkey Dinner Decker

I invented this last December while contemplating on what to do with left over turkey dinner. I was craving it last week, so crazy me went to get all the ingredients for turkey dinner just so I can recreate it. I must say though, the second time around wasn't the same because it wasn't REAL leftovers and I think the emotional attachment of a big dinner during the holidays with friends and family prior to the TDD is part of the experience that make it extra yummy.

What you need:
  • 6-7 Crêpes (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup grated Cheese, any kind you enjoy melted
  • Turkey dinner leftovers: mash potatoes, mash yams, turkey (cubed), stuffing, corn, peas, etc.
  • Cranberry sauce and/or gravy for serving
Reheat all of your leftovers. Put a crêpe on a microwavable serving plate, then layer with mash vegetable of choice then distribute cubed turkey or some other turkey dinner leftover fixin' of choice, cover with a crêpe. Repeat this procedure alternating your ingredients. Finish with last crêpe on top then sprinkle with cheese. Pop the whole thing in your microwave for a minute to melt the cheese. Cut with serrated knife into servings and enjoy with cranberry sauce and gravy.

makes about 10 @ 7 in. in diameter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tbs sugar
  • pinch of salt
Beat egg in mixing bowl, add sugar, and salt. Beat in melted butter. Mix in milk, water and flour. Beat well until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes or up to 2 days in the fridge.
Place a nonstick pan over medium heat and coat with a little bit of butter. Stir the batter, laddle 2-3 tbs of batter into pan and role the pan around to evenly coat bottom. cook until the top is set. Run a spatula around the edges to release it. Flip using spatula or use your fingers to lift the whole thing off. (My fingers always works better for this step.) Cook the other side for an other minute to golden brown. Remove crêpe and repeat, stirring batter each time.
If not going to use immediately, stack between sheets of waxed paper, wrap airtight and freeze up to 1 month.

Recipe from Joy of Cooking
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