Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almond Butter Banana Bread

baking cinnamon ornaments with my buddy at christmas

Now that the holidays are over and my workload at my job has slowed down a bit (although not much - this weekend was the first full weekend I had off work!), I've been hit with the ORGANIZE and CLEAN EVERYTHING IN SITE bug and suddenly nothing is safe.  I cleaned out all of my old and unused cookbooks and then organized all of my cooking magazines by month (!) so I can refer to them seasonally.  I wiped down the top of the fridge and cleaned out the inside of my trash cans.  I tossed all the old stuff lurking in the freezer.  I haven't tackled the pantry yet, but that is next on my list. 

All of that to say that I really really wanted to bake something on Saturday afternoon and as I much as I wanted to make cookies, we actually still have Christmas cookies in the freezer that we are slowly nibbling on.  Plus I really wanted to use up ingredients that I already had on hand so I could keep up my purging/cleaning kick.  I have millions of  several bananas in the freezer as well as almond butter and almond flour so I went searching for a different type of banana quick bread.  I usually use a Dorie Greenspan recipe but this time I wanted something less sweet, with a bit more substance/heft to it.  I settled on a recipe that uses almond butter in the batter and it turned out great!  The tweaks I made:

- used 3/8 cup oil, 3/8 cup applesauce
- used 1 cup AP flour, 1/4 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup almond flour - the cornmeal gave the bread a subtle crunch which I loved.

This bread keeps well in the freezer, and toasts up beautifully.

Link to original recipe here.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Holiday Recap

How were your holidays?  I haven't posted in awhile but I always try to recap what I made during the mad rush of this season, if only so I can go back next year and remember what I made this year.  You'd think I could just write this stuff down, but meh, I'd rather share it here!

Anyway, so what was on your menus?  We ended up having (6) adults and (3) children to feed for Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, and Christmas dinner.  Here's a breakdown of what we did.  I've included links where I can, in case you want to see the recipe we used.

Christmas Eve Dinner
                - Baked Shrimp Scampi
                - Caesar Salad
                - Rosemary Bread

Christmas Day Breakfast
                - Christmas Stollen (I posted about that previously here)
                - Bacon/Eggs/ Fruit

Christmas Day Snacking/Apps
                - Assorted cold cuts/cheeses (from Fino's)
                - Spiced nuts
                - Herbed oyster crackers
                - Pine nut/feta cheese ball
                - Pimento cheese
                - Crackers/ cheese straws

Christmas Dinner
                - Prime Rib
                - Roasted Garlic Potatoes
                - Stuffed Mushrooms
                - Glazed Carrots
                - Holiday Raisin Bread (family recipe, but here is a similar one)
                - Crème Brulee

Assorted Christmas Cookies
                - Chocolate Pistachio Sables       
                - Candy Cane Cookies (recipe second one down here)
                - Pecan Tassies (similar recipe here)