Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sugar Cookies


Sugar Cookies
It wouldn't be Christmas without holiday shaped sugar cookies. Yum, yum. These sugar cookies are tender, a little chewy, and melt in your mouth good. I think it's the sour cream that gives them such an awesome taste. They taste especially great with your favourite cookie frosting and / or sprinkles. 
INGREDIENTS
1 3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Shortening or Butter or half a cup of each
3 Eggs
1 Cup Sour Cream
4 Cups Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp. Salt
A dash of vanilla or almond extract
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Blend together the wet ingredients: the sugar, shortening, eggs, sour cream, and extract. 
Sift together the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add to the wet ingredients. 
Roll out the cookies. Cut them with your favourite cookie cutters. Top with sprinkles or fancy sugar. 
Bake 8-12 mins. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Best Banana Bread



Favourite Banana Bread

My husband loves banana bread. So over the years, I've experimented with numerous recipes. One of the best ones I've ever found is one I've tweaked and tweaked to perfection. This is it...

1 cup butter — softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
3 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups bananas — mashed ripe (I used 8 ripened bananas)
1 cup sour cream — (I used light sour cream)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Turbinado sugar or brown sugar to sprinkle on top of batter

1. With a mixer combine butter, oil, sugars, and eggs until smooth.
2. Add mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla, stirring together well.
3. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring until it is blended. Do not over mix.
4. Pour into 3 well-greased standard loaf pans to about 3/4 full.
5. Sprinkle Turbinado or brown sugar generously over top of batter, using your hand to gently pat some of it into the batter.
6. Bake at 325° F for about 1 hour or until the center of the loaf reaches 205° on an instant read thermometer.
7. Allow bread to cool in pans for about 20 minutes.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nutella Popsicles

Decadent! Make these, make these right now!
Ingredients:
3/4 cup of Nutella
1/2 cup of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup of Whole Milk
1/2 cup of Heavy Cream

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and pop them in the freezer overnight.

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