Nutella Banana Nut Bread

Banana Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons Nutella

Method

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour and mix stirring in Nutella. More or less Nutella can be used and small adjustments to cooking times may need to be made. This amount of Nutella makes the bread darker and and gives the bread the aroma and slight taste of Nutella. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour 15minutes (done when a fork can be pressed down through middle and no batter substance sticks to the fork. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

Piggy Bisquits

Makes about 20 piglets:
Dough:
400 g (13 1/2 oz) all purpose flour
1 package instant dry yeast
1 egg
2 dcl (7 oz) plain yogurt
1 dcl (3 1/2 oz) warm milk
a pinch of salt
Puffed or flaky dough:
150 g (5 1/2 oz)flour
100 g (3 1/2 oz)magarine (unsalted)
pinch of salt
Filling:
As much as you like: cheese(she used Gouda), tomato (pizza) sauce, oregano;
or something else you would like for filling
Wash:
Egg white to use as «adhesive»
Egg yolk and some milk to brush @ the end

First, make first dough by mixing all ingrediens, and let it rise in a warm place. In the meantime, make puff dough with second batch of ingredients, and then mix it into the risen dough (yes, mix’em together), and work it well on a floured surface. Roll the dough and with a round cookie cutter or something else cut out circles about 3 inches in diametar or desired size. Leave some dough for ears and noses 🙂

Make filling with cheese, tomato sauce (pizza sauce), and oregano. You can be creative and use different kinds of ingredients to make a filling of your own. You can also add ham, or salami, or vegetables.

Place half of circles onto baking sheet (aligned with parchment paper), brush edges with egg white wash. Put some filling in the middle, cover with other half of circles, and press the edges to assure nothing will come out while baking.

Remainder of the dough use to make smaller circles for nose, and for ears by cutting them into quarters. Use egg whites wash as «adhesive» for ears and nose. For nose make somewhat smaller circles. For eyes and nostrils use a toothpick to make little lines and then inside, put cumin, pepper or something similar.

Now that you have little piglets, let them rise again for a little while, and then brush them with a little bit of egg yolk wash mixed with a little bit of milk. Bake for about 20-25 min. @ about 385-405 F.

 

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Lumpy Gravy – Fixes

With flour: In a jar, mix one part flour with three parts warm water. Shake well to combine ingredients. Whisk a little into the lumpy gravy and simmer until flour taste is gone.

With Strainer: Pass the gravy through a strainer and remove lumps.

With Blender: Whiz it in a regular blender or with an immersion blender until lumps are gone.

Cream Cheese Mincemeat Cookies

Cream Cheese Mincemeat Cookies

1   cup  butter or margarine
1   large package (8 oz.) cream cheese
2   cups powdered sugar
About 3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4   cup prepared mincemeat
1  teaspoon grated lemon peel

In a food processor or with a mixer, whirl or beat butter, cream cheese, and ‘/2 cup sugar until smoothly blended. Thoroughly mix in 3 cups flour. Cover and chill dough until firm enough to handle, about 1 hour.

On a floured board, roll half the dough (keep remainder cold) Vs inch thick. Cut into 21/2-inch rounds with a floured cutter; place rounds slightly
apart on 2 ungreased 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. Reroll scraps and cut.

Combine mincemeat and peel; drop Vi teaspoon of mixture in center of each round. Fold each round over filling and press edges to seal.

Bake in a 375° oven until golden, 18 to 20 minutes; if using 1 oven, switch pan positions after 10 minutes.

Transfer a few hot cookies at a time to a paper or plastic bag with remaining sugar; shake to coat well. Cool on racks. Repeat to use remaining dough and filling. Serve, or store airtight up to 2 days or freeze. Makes about 5 dozen.

Per cookie: 87 cal. (47 percent from fat); 1 g protein; 4.5 g fat (2.8 g sat); 11 g carbo.; 53 mg sodium; 12 rag chol.

Cheese Twists

Cheese Twists

1   large egg white
1   tablespoon dry mustard
1/3  cup prepared horseradish
All-purpose flour
1   loaf (8 oz.) frozen white or whole­wheat bread dough, thawed
2   cups (1/2 Ib.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

In a bowl, beat egg white to blend well with mustard and horseradish.

On a floured board, roll dough with a floured rolling pin into a 12- by 15-inch rectangle. (Let dough rest 5 minutes if it’s too springy to stay in place.) Spread with 1/3 cup of the egg mixture. Sprinkle half the dough lengthwise with all but 1/2 cup cheese. Fold plain dough over cheese; pinch edges to seal. Gently ex­pel air with rolling pin.

With floured knife, cut dough cross­wise into 16 to 18 equal strips. Brush with remaining egg mixture; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Lift 1 strip, make 4 twists, and lay on a greased 12- by 15-inch baking sheet; repeat with remaining strips, placing about ‘/2 inch apart. Lightly cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until puffy, 20 to 25 minutes; remove wrap.

Bake in a 375° oven until deep gold­en, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to rack with a spatula.

Serve hot or cool. Cool on a rack; store airtight up to 2 days, or freeze to store longer. To reheat, place on bak­ing sheet, and bake in a 400° oven for about 5 minutes. Makes 16 to 18.

Per piece: 85 cal. (48 percent from fat); 4.5 g protein; 4.5 g fat (2.7 g sat.); 6.5 g carbo.; 159 mg sodium; 13 mg chol.