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February 20, 2011

Blueberry Banana Bread

I made this recipe yesterday and found it DELICIOUS, but I thought the directions and ordering of ingredients were a bit confusing. I haven’t made any substantive changes to the recipe, I’ve just rewritten it a bit for clarity.

Makes two loaves of bread, or one loaf and one tray of muffins.

Ingredients:
1 egg
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
3 medium mashed bananas
1/4 cup coconut
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
2 cups frozen blueberries

Directions:
In a large bowl, cream together the egg and sugars. Add wet ingredients and mix, then dry.
Add the mashed bananas and mix.
Fold in blueberries, coconut, and pecans if using.
Pour into greased loaf or muffin pans.
Bake at 350* F for about an hour for a loaf, and about 20 minutes for muffins.
Cool slightly, loosen, and turn onto a baking rack to cool.
When cool, wrap in plastic wrap and keep refrigerated.

Enjoy!
-Emma

January 29, 2011

Blue Cheese and Apple Omelet

Filed under: Breakfast, Quick cook, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:38 pm

I’ve been playing around with sweet and savory quite a lot lately–savory fruits, sweet veggies and the like. This recipe in particular was inspired by my host mom in Tbilisi. I don’t know her actual recipe, so I’ve been messing around with this for awhile to come up with something similar. I don’t think this is all that close to hers, but it’s really good!

(In other, totally unrelated news, my 90s plates from Goodwill were the ones they had in My So-Called Life)

Ingredients:
1 small apple
2 cloves garlic
black pepper
ground cinnamon
butter

2 eggs
a splash of milk
cream cheese (optional)
Blue Cheese that will melt (I like Cambazola or Blue Brie..especially the Saga brand)

Cube the apple and slice the garlic into chunks slightly smaller than the pieces of apple. Sautee the apple and garlic with the black pepper and cinnamon.

While the apple and garlic are sauteeing, beat together the eggs and milk (and if you choose to use cream cheese, it will make the egg part creamier). I learned that one of the tricks to making a good omelet is to make sure your mixture is thoroughly and smoothly beaten together.

Remove the apple mixture from the pan and put it aside. Add a bit more butter to the pan, and turn the heat up to medium high. When the butter is melted, pour in the eggs and swirl the pan to coat evenly. As you go, lift the edges so the uncooked egg can run under and cook.

When the omelet is mostly firm, place the cheese on top of one half. Add the apple mixture to that half. When the cheese is melted, Slide the omelet out of the pan and onto a plate.

In my opinion, this works equally well as a nice breakfast, or a quick dinner.

Enjoy!
Emma

October 9, 2010

Crabapple Bread

Filed under: Baked items, Breakfast, Dessert — Tags: , , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 7:35 pm

Crabapples are (generally) free, so I went outside and picked a lot of them, and realized that the only thing I knew to do with them was make jelly…except I don’t have the get-up to can things. So after some googling and some experimenting I present to you: crabapple bread! (Be warned, though, coring crabapples is not fun!)

Makes one standard-size loaf.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons buttermilk
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups crabapples, cored, deseeded and roughly chopped

For optional streusel topping:
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
Cinnamon, nutmeg (or other sweet spices) to taste

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs and buttermilk. Then add dry ingredients. Fold in crabapples. It will be a goopier texture than many sweet bread batters; don’t worry! I think it’s because the crabapples are themselves a bit watery.

Bake at 350* for a little over an hour, until a knife inserted comes out cleanly.

If you want to add the streusel topping (which I recommend!). Chop the almonds finely (use a food processor), then add the butter, sugar and spices, and continue chopping/mixing until it reaches a sandy/crumbly texture. After a half hour of baking, remove the half-baked bread from the oven, add the topping, and then continue baking.

Enjoy!
Emma

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