I needed a snack for Amber’s volleyball team so I decided to take the banana bread that I always make and turn it into mini muffins. A great treat for the kids at half time. They loved them and they were gone in no time flat!!
I love the little mini chocolate chips you can get now, they are perfect for anything mini!!!
Just crack one open and they are moist, chocolatey and full of banana flavor.
A mini muffin packed with big flavors of banana and chocolate!!
1 cup sugar
1½ cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup mashed very ripe banana
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
With a standup mixer, cream the butter and sugar together, add the eggs one at a time beating well after each.
Whisk the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture. Mix well. Add the bananas, sour cream and vanilla. Mix well. Remove the bowl from the mixer and add in the chocolate chips, stirring to combine. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake 20-25 min. or until muffins are golden brown and spring back to a light touch.
Mmmmm pumpkin, it just screams fall, and it so celebrates Halloween!!! I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate together with all the wonderful earthy spices. Also my favorite is to make little muffins. Just a perfect size for a snack or a couple of them for breakfast.
You can whip up these little gems quickly and make all autumn long. I love the little mini chocolate chips, just right for a little muffin!! You will love these, ENJOY!!!
I purchased a huge zucchini from the local farmer’s market and after grilling discs on the BBQ, I was looking for other ways of using this vegetable. I have never made a chocolate zucchini bread before. So off I went searching for a great recipe. I found this recipe at Joy of Baking.com. I decided to make mini loaves as I like these better on occasion because I can freeze some for later use.
This recipe turned out fabulously, rich, moist and dense with tons of chocolate flavor. It was a real hit!! You feel a bit guilty eating something that is so delicious for breakfast or a snack but I got over that quickly!! I hope you try it to. ENJOY!!
A rich and moist breakfast loaf that makes you feel like you are having a dessert!!!
1½ cups grated raw zucchini
1 cup flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
¾ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs, beaten
½ cup canola oil
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a four section mini pans 6X3X2″ or a larger 9x5x3″ loaf pan with cooking spray.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Carefully add the chocolate chips.
In a large bowl of a standup mixer with a whisk attachment mix the eggs, oil, sugars and vanilla extract until well blended. Remove from the mixer and fold in the zucchini and then the flour mixture, stirring just until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 55-65 for the large loaf pan or 40-45 for the smaller ones. Checking with a toothpick inserted to come out clean. Let cool for 10 min. on a rack and then let cool completely out of the pan.
The bread keeps well for days in plastic wrap or can be frozen.
Kyvan is a post NFL career for footballer Reggie Kelly. His children are named Kyla and Kavan and from those names, Kyvan was born. He wanted to pass down to his kids and to everyone the gift that was passed to him….an appreciation of good food. Coming from a small town in Mississippi both himself and his wife were surrounded by good food and family. These products are a sign of that great food that has embraced him all his life. Now you get the chance to have them too.
I was given samples of both of these products from Kyvan and truthfully I haven’t had anything better!! Their Honey Apple Butter is all gone and I am very sad, as is my family. I will be ordering more that is for sure, possibly by the case and I am not kidding!! The apple butter has the most divine of flavoring. On a slice of toast, on little pancakes, scooping it right out of the jar, there is nothing better. It screams fall but I would eat this at anytime of the year. I would love to bake with this product also but alas, the jar literally didn’t last that long.
Next up to try was their Blackberry Honey and WOW is this good. So full of the great taste of blackberry swirled together with the most decadent of honey. We were all great fans again!!
On toast, with toast and peanut butter or whirled into whipped cream for on top of berries or cake. Excellent!!! Here it is for the post I did on Many Flavors of Whipped Cream, the one on the left I added their delicious honey to.
Honestly I am thrilled to introduce these fine quality products to my readers and I would love for you to share them with your family too. ENJOY!!
I am so excited to have Paula here today, really I am!! She has one of my absolute favorite blogs, Vintage Kitchen Notes. I can’t wait to see what she has come up each week when we are both on #SundaySupper together. Her picture are breathtaking and her recipes to drool over!! She even kindly had me select the recipe for today. I picked a good one!! Brewed Apple Cake!! I think that is a perfect cowboy dessert, don’t you? Cake made with beer, I couldn’t go wrong!!
Reading Paula’s post today you will see that she can relate to our recent flooding situation in Calgary, as she just lived through one herself recently, but not close to here, all the way in Argentina. Yes, Paula lives in South America and I would love for you to follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You won’t want to miss a minute of what she is up to.
I now give you the very talented and lovely Paula! ENJOY!!
It´s a treat to be guest posting for Tara again. Remember the citrus cake with limoncello glaze? Well, that was me. This time bearing another cake, but with apple chunks, raisins and beer. Yes, no butter but a large pouring of beer.
Tara is a friend for over a year and we usually meet on sundays for a group post. She´s consistently helpful and caring, the kind of blogging friend you can count on. Isn´t that the best kind? Of course you know about her talent in the kitchen. Blue hawaiian bundt cake maybe? Or morels in cream sauce with peas?
This recipe for brewed apple raisin cake made it´s way onto this post. I mean, she worked it. Really did.
The story begins some thirty years ago, and I write it in letters because you know, 30 jumps off the screen and it makes me feel like an enormous pile of years are on my shoulder. They are, but I´m choosing to ignore them.
Anyway, I cut, pasted and saved this recipe from a magazine. The old fashioned way. With scissors, glue and a binder. It turns out that my hoarding abbilities saw this black binder move numerous times during those years, all the way from California, where I was living at the time I clipped the recipe, to Buenos Aires. And then from an apartment to another one, to a big house, later to a big apartment, to a smaller house, back to another apartment. And it goes on.
Then, a few months ago, when an uninvited flood brought copious amounts of water into my house, this binder turned out to be one of it´s victims. Those who know me, or read my blog regularly, know that my recipes, whether it´s in the form of cookbooks, loose pages or magazines, are sacred. You don´t mess with them, you don´t touch them. I´m really a lion with her cubs when it comes to my recipes. No comments please.
So this soaked binder was really an inconvenience. The pasty pages stuck together so I took the time to separate each page and put them out in the sun to dry. They did dry eventually, but the little pieces of paper, the glued recipes, started falling off. And the wind swirled them until they got mixed with the piles of fall leaves. So I frantically went after each piece of printed paper I could find in my terrace.
Who would know that this particular recipe for brewed apple raisin cake would get lost and found more than once. It either fell off the binder again, or it got misplaced while trying to recover as many pages as I could. The thing is, I kept finding it again and again. It must´ve happened four or five times.
So I decided it was a sign that I had to share it with you. Yeah, like I had nothing to do after my house was flooded…So I finally made it a few weeks later, when I went back into my kitchen and baked.
It´s a very simple, sort of coffee cake, with chunks of apple, walnuts and beer. That´s the brewed part. And it´s so good. A faint apple cider feeling to it. Or your usual apple cinnamon mix, but not quite the way you remembered.
It´s the best way to use a flat beer that got forgotten. I used a pale ale, but you can even use a stout. A cake that will go well with everyone in your house, because, it turns out everyone likes apples.