I’ve been so busy getting ready for my dance show that I’ve barely had time to bake! My show is next week, and I couldn’t be any more excited. My dance looks so great already, and I can’t wait to have it from an audience.
Anyway, I wanted to make banana bread but as usual I wanted to mix up the standard recipe. Usually I try to make banana bread with really overripe bananas, but the ones I had weren’t quite ripe enough. Instead of waiting around, I decided to add in the pineapple to add some extra sweetness to the bread. It turned out great!
Chocolate Chip Pineapple Banana Bread
2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter
3/4 C brown sugar
3 bananas, mashed
1 8oz can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 C chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs.
4. Gradually mix the flour into the butter mixture.
5. Fold in bananas, pineapple, and chocolate.
6. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and a knife comes out clean. Enjoy!
I realized that lately I’ve been making a lot a lot a lot of cookies. Not that there’s anything wrong with cookies. Of course there’s nothing wrong with a lot a lot a lot of cookies! But I wanted to switch it up and make something different.
I usually stick with cookies for a couple of reasons: 1, they’re very sharable, and 2, they’re usually ready to eat fresh out of the oven. No waiting for them to cool so you can frost them like cupcakes. I guess in that way, these scones are very much like cookies. Cookies you can eat for breakfast! My favorite kind.
Apple Pie Scones
Makes 8 big scones or 2 dozen mini scones.
2 1/2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C milk
1 stick butter
1 large granny smith apple, diced small
1. Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Cut butter into the flour mixture and combine. It’s okay if some of the butter is still in small chunks.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and milk. Pour into flour-butter mixture and begin working into a dough.
4. Mix in the apples. At this point you may want to add more flour if the dough is too sticky, or more milk if it is too thick.
5. On a floured surface, pat dough into a disk about 10 inches across and 1.5 inches thick. Cut into 8 wedges. If making mini scones, cut each of the wedges into 3 smaller pieces.
6. Place scones on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with white sugar – this will give them a little crunch on top.
7. Refrigerate at least 30 min, or overnight.
8. Bake at 400F for 18-22 minutes.
These were really great fresh out of the oven and warm – I promise they taste just like apple pie!
I’m done with final exams! Hooray! Only a few days left until graduation, and I’m getting very excited.
During finals week, there are always free muffins before the early morning finals. A couple of my friends were sad there weren’t any GF muffins, so since I had leftover flour after making cookies, I decided to make them some GF finals exam muffins!
Black Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip Muffins
Gluten free. Makes one dozen.
1 1/2 C gf all-purpose flour
1/2 C almond flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C oil
3/4 tsp almond extract
1 C black cherry Greek yogurt
1/4 C milk
1/3 C chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a smaller bowl, mix sugar and egg. Add oil, extract, yogurt, and milk.
4. Add wet to dry and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Bake 20-25 min until browned.