Most banana breads are either lacking in flavor or hopelessly dense. This version cooks out some of the water to help reduce the density. The bananas should be VERY ripe, heavily speckled with brown and black. You may use thawed, frozen bananas for the five mashed bananas; because they will exude a lot of liquid when thawing, you can skip the microwaving step and simply put them in the strainer. (Peel them before freezing to prevent the extracted liquid from turning black.) Do not use a frozen banana for the top of the loaf; it will be too soft to slice. Adapted from Cook's Illustrated. http://bit.ly/fBfyCw
The cupcakes are based on a homemade pancake batter, baked in a muffin tin to form light, fluffy cakes, like a good pancake should be. The frosting is flavored with maple syrup and bacon. Don't attempt to pipe this frosting; the bacon will get stuck in the tip. Adapted from a recipe at Brown-Eyed Baker. http://bit.ly/clnRii
I adore this little lemon pound cake. It's the perfect size when you just need enough for 2 people. The bonus is... it's quick and easy to put together. I can have this in the oven in less then 5 minutes. How great is that?!? This doubles very nicely for when you need a little more but still don't need a big dessert. When doubling, don't double the baking soda, just leave it at 1/8 teaspoon.
Classic New York-style crumb cake, based on the old German krummelkuchen. It is important to make the crumbs into large, pea-sized lumps to get the right texture. This is NOT a streusel! From "America's Test Kitchen" episode 816, "Old-Fashioned Breakfast Cakes."
Pantespani is a traditional light sponge cake, soaked in a light syrup. It can be served as is, with toppings such as whipped cream and strawberries (similar to strawberry shortcake), with some toasted almonds, or other toppings of your choice, and without the syrup as any other sponge cake. The tastes of orange, cloves, and cinnamon give it a lovely taste and fabulous aroma. Adapted from a recipe by Nancy Gaifyllia. Time to make doesn't include syrup cooling time. ZWT 4.
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because
now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of
the day or night! *After reading the first few reviews, I realized that when I had originally made it, I had been using self rising flour! So, I've since updated the recipe and add the baking powder and salt that was missing... not surprisingly, it turned out much better! We always top ours with whipping cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
From Marlies Monika at allrecipes.com. Original author's note: "This is an Austrian recipe that was passed on from one generation to the next in my family. The secret of this cake's full flavour and softness: Prepare it one day in advance before eating it!"
A friend of mine clipped this recipe out of some magazine last week & passed it on to me thinking (correctly!) that I'd be interested in it! Love those kinds of friends! The first time I made this I used a combination of frozen blueberries, raspberries & marionberries!
This is from Julia Child's first book, The French Chef. I learned so much from the early days of that show. This was my first attempt to make a cake from scratch when I was a wee one. My copy of The French Chef is pretty ragged. My boxer loved the book so much he ate the cover.
From Celtic Cookery, by Iris Price Jones.
"The Welsh name for these is Pice ar y Maen. I'm not sure what the derivation of Pice is, but Maen means stone - the bakestone or griddle that the cakes are cooked on. This method of baking, with the closer contact with heat than when baking in the oven seems to accentuate the flavour and to give the cakes a lovely brown crust".
A large heavy frying pan is a good substitute for a griddle.
This is one of my favourite Christmas cake recipes & is usually the one I end up making. It is a make-ahead cake which gets better for maturing a while. It's very fruity & has a delectable mulled wine taste to it - the nuts make it a very special cake too. I don't usually marzipan or ice this cake, although I have done when under pressure from my family - who want a "Traditional Cake with all the little Father Christmas figures & Robins on top!!!" It is nice with a fruit and nut glazed topping - as well as just being served plain with a festive frill around it! I will post more photos when I have decided how I am going to decorate it this year!