Banana Blueberry Bread

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This summer seems to have flown by and fall is right around the corner. It’s time to use up summer’s bounty. What will you be doing? Canning? Freezing? Baking?

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I love baking in the fall. The cooler, crisp air, fall leaves and the scent of warm spice coming from the oven, warms the soul.

I found this banana bread recipe in a cookbook called “Beyond grits and gravy”. I made a few changes to it to suit my taste and then added fresh blueberries because bananas and blueberries are “Yum” together!

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This is, quite possibly, my favorite banana bread recipe. Chalked full of banana chunks and walnuts and bursting with juicy blueberries, this is the most simple and delicious bread ever.

Enjoy!

Banana Blueberry Bread:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • juice and grated rind of an orange (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 4 large bananas, 3 mashed and 1 cut into small chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients, fold in 1 cup fresh blueberries. Bake in greased and floured loaf pan for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

 

 

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Who out there loves a decadent breakfast cake with a rich cup of coffee? I know I do!

This is one of the first coffee cakes I had ever tasted. It was one of those recipes that mom got from a recipe exchange at her work many, many years ago.

I can still envision the warm scent of cinnamon coming from the oven the day that she made this cake. I could not wait for it to cool so that we try it.

One bite and I was hooked!

This sour cream coffee cake is so moist and delicious, filled with a cinnamon sugar and pecan crumble. What’s not to love??

Yum!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Sugar Mixture

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 heaping tablespoons light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream together butter, margarine,sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl mix pecans, cinnamon and brown sugar. Grease and flour springform pan or angel food cake pan. spread half of the cake batter mixture in pan. sprinkle half of the sugar mixture over it and swirl into batter with a knife. Add the rest of the batter and remainder of sugar mixture. Swirl again. Bake one hour. Let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan. If desired, after cake cools sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

Fresh Berry and Yogurt Parfaits with Coconut and Dried Cherry Granola

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One of my favorite things for breakfast….. Uh, I mean one of my favorite “Healthy” things to have for breakfast are these yummy Greek yogurt, berry and granola parfait’s. (My most favorite would be a delicious French pastry and a Cappuccino!)

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But seriously, these yogurt parfaits are super yummy.

The granola recipe, I found a few years back, in an issue of Food Network Magazine. I was reminded of it when a friend asked for my favorite granola recipe. Click on the link below for the recipe.

Coconut, Sour Cherry and Pistachio Granola

Method:

Once I have made the granola and let it cool, I then layer plain Greek yogurt (I like to use Fage) with a bit of honey added to it, fresh berries (raspberries and blueberries are my favorite but use whatever you like) and then top with the homemade granola.yogurt-parfait-glass-fruit-fresh-1081134

These would be great served with Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins (In a previous post).

I also use this granola in a cookie recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Click on the link below for cookie recipe.

Everything Cookies

Yum!