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Basic Banana Bread

February 20, 2015


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happy friday!

it was another three day weekend, last weekend was the holiday monday for family day, and today is another short work week for me. somehow this short week went by way faster than last week. Adam and I both agreed this week absolutely flew by, which i guess is a good thing because the weekend is here quicker.

we had a meeting last week to sign off on the paperwork for booking the church for the wedding! it was so surreal deciding on a time for the ceremony, and walking away knowing the exact time we’ll be married. we’re getting married on september 5th, which is the long weekend this year. it’s also my parents wedding anniversary. i remember always wanting a september wedding, and would tell my mom when i was younger that i wanted to be married on september fifth too, like her and my dad. when you’re younger you always want to do everything your parents do, and i decided early on that i would also get married on the same day.

we only had a couple options for the day in terms of timing, either an early morning ceremony or an early afternoon ceremony. because of the time of the reception, we opted for the early afternoon ceremony. we walked out of the church meeting both relieved that we had it all confirmed, but also excited that it was all happening for real. we also had another meeting with the reception venue last night to discuss time. i cannot wait to begin creating the invitations now that i have all of the timing confirmed, though that has also been one of the toughest things to decide as well. there are just so many invitations out there. i decided to design them myself, since i can, and have them printed at a local printing press for much less than ordering it online.

the next item i can’t wait to do is register for gifts! while we really don’t need much, since we have lived together for 4 1/2 years, and bought our first house two years go, we are still going to register for a few things that would be nice to receive. we’re also hoping we will get some monetary gifts to go towards our dream honeymoon (that keeps changing location on a monthly basis)

we may need to register for some new bake wear. somehow over the holidays both of our muffin tins have disappeared. completely gone. adam and i have both looked all over the place for the tins, and they have yet to appear. im not sure how both of the tins can disappear out of the house, but ive had to refrain from making muffins or cupcakes. luckily banana bread is better as a loaf.

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everyone should have a basic banana loaf recipe in their repertoire. adam is working at home again for the time being, no more long distance relationship, so ive resorted to batch baking and freezing portions for him to bring to work. this banana bread is great for that, and disappears fast, a great way to use up those ripe bananas.

Basic Banana Bread
Yields 12
A basic recipe everyone should have - moist banana bread for breakfast or a snack.
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Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups flour (all purpose, whole wheat or even gluten free blend)
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 cups sugar
  4. 1/4 cup almond milk
  5. 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease loaf pan and set aside. I like to use coconut oil spray from trader joes
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. In a large bowl using a handheld blender, blend buttermilk, melted butter/oil, and eggs.
  5. Add in the bananas and vanilla.
  6. Mix dry ingredients into wet and blend until combined.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  9. Turn off the oven, and prop open door. Leave the bread in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes to make sure the inner loaf is thoroughly baked through. I like to make sure there is no mushy banana parts left.
Notes
  1. Slice, and freeze easily to bring for lunches.
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Cakes, Loaf

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

September 17, 2014

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It rained today – which is a sure sign that autumn is right around the corner. I welcomed the refreshing shower, however it’s still incredibly warm out. Last night the fan was pointed right at me but it was still so warm to sleep. I long for cooler fall days where I don’t have to wait until 8 p.m. to go for a run, when even at that hour its still a warm 20 degrees out. I’m sure I’ll eat my words when it’s truly fall and I’m grudgingly turning on the heat in the house. Of course they will be candles, oh yes. I can already smell the ‘fireside s’mores’ candle that’s been sitting on my shelf waiting to fill our house with its delicious scent. 

I will admit, there are lots of dishes I can’t wait to cook and bake in the fall. Of course there is the usual pumpkin fare; cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, streusel muffins, cupcakes, muffinsice cream, swirl brownies (oh yes), bundt cake, and chili. But I also look forward to all the squash, Zucchini in particular, spaghetti squash, soups and chili’s.

BuzzFeed posted about things all basic girls do in the Fall – and I must admit I do quite a few of them – with the exception of the #PSL phenomenon. I don’t drink coffee, but I think that if I did I’m not sure I would indulge in the pumpkin spice latte craze, or at least I hope I wouldn’t. But I am a sucker for fall and all the things it brings with it. I’m sorry to say I’m already thinking about pumpkin patch visits, thanksgiving and even better, friendsgiving 2.0. Last year’s friendsgiving was full of amazing food and friends, a tradition I hope to carry on for years to come.

I’m also happy to have my cousin move into the neighbourhood! –  just across the street. I think about our family living together, her parents and mine, when they were young and I’m excited to have them living close to us, along with the most adorable little boy who I get to see often. I made them this zucchini bread when they moved in as a welcome to the neighbourhood, and a welcome to fall. 

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread
A moist zucchini loaf cake made with greek yogurt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 1/2 cup canola oil
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  9. 2 1/2 cups flour
  10. 3/4 cups dutch process cocoa + extra for dusting 2 tsps espresso powder
  11. 3 cups shredded zucchini
  12. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Line and grease a loaf baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Beat the butter, sugar, baking soda, baking powder together until creamy. Mix in the canola oil and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Stir in the yogurt, alternating with the flour.
  4. Mix in the cocoa and beat until smooth. Fold the zucchini and chocolate chips into the batter. Pour the batter into your baking pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Adapted from Use Real Butter
Adapted from Use Real Butter
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Bread, Loaf

Teacher, Teacher give me the news…

April 22, 2013

So I guess this is real life now.

A friend of mine from school was just hired THIS morning to a school district! We just finished classes on Friday! How crazy. I know I’m finished, and I have my teaching certificate but I still can’t believe that I can now apply for positions and TOC jobs. I still have to get my resume together and updated, and fill out a ton of forms and do paperwork but it’s feeling more surreal now.

I still have to take a couple courses this summer for my second degree, aBachelor of Education, but I could still be a TOC until the end of June since I’m only taking classes two days a week. Eek! No longer a student, I am now the Teacher!

Thankfully I have two weeks off before classes begin again, and there is a lot happening in those two weeks (aside from paperwork). This weekend is packed! Friday night we’re celebrating my Nonna’s 75th birthday with a great big italian dinner and dancing at a restaurant in Vancouver. Saturday I’m super excited to be making ‘Gender Reveal’ cupcakes for a baby shower, and Sunday is our House Warming with both our families. This week will be full of organizing, some painting, getting the house in tip top shape to show it off!

And on top of that, I have also decided to play baseball again this year! A friend of mine from school needed more girls for a Senior B Rep team, and asked if I wanted to join. I haven’t played in a couple years but I got pulled in! So there’s a practice and a game this week, and weekend which I might have to miss due to all our events! But I love being busy, and being home for two weeks after teaching full time in a practicum and classes would make me stir crazy.

We celebrated all day and night Friday after our last class of PDP, and then Saturday morning I woke up and had to drop off a few dozen cookies, banana bread and cupcakes to my elementary school’s bake sale to raise money for a new playground.

Caramelizing the bananas before adding them adds a rich deep flavour compared to regular banana bread. Great for school, bake sale’s or an afternoon snack.

Even better with a smear of Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread (Like Nutella, slightly healthier…sorta.)

Caramelized Banana Bread

Other Banana Bread Recipes Here and Here

  • 2-3 well ripened bananas
  • 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • crushed Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.

  1. Whisk together thoroughly the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in bowl.
  2. In small pot on medium heat, add the butter, sugar and bananas. Mash with fork. Heat until sugar and banana are caramelized – about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Gradually beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Fold in the banana mixture to the flour mixture, add walnuts (optional)
  5. Spread evenly in pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes.
  6. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5-10 minutes before un-molding to cool completely on the rack.