Whole Wheat Banana Bread

This is an easy Banana quick bread that my kids love to eat when they get home from school!

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir well

Pour into a greased 9×5 inch loaf dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and nuts.

Bake at 325 for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the dough. If the top is getting too brown cover loosely with foil for the last 5-10 minutes.

Serve with plenty of butter! Enjoy! 

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

  • 1/3 c applesauce or oil
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c chopped ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c hot water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Optional add ins: mini cinnamon or chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and stir with a wooden spoon till mixed throughout. Pour into a greased 9×5 inch loaf dish. You can sprinkle additional nuts and cinnamon and sugar on top. Bake for 55-60 min. Or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the loaf. Yields 1 loaf.

Basic Buttermilk Syrup and Cinnamon French Toast

This post is mostly for my teenagers who love French toast but always forget how to make it! 😄 This morning we used a loaf of the Kneaders Cinnamon bread, which we cut into 14 slices. I will post my own homemade Cinnamon bread later 😋 Then we made delicious Buttermilk Syrup to go on top. For the Syrup you need sugar, butter, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. In a large saucepan on medium high heat add the butter, buttermilk, baking soda and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minuteRemove from heat and add the vanillaFor the French toast, we used 8 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 T cinnamon. You can also add vanilla if you’d like. We sliced the loaf into 14 slices.Whisk the mixture in a medium size bowl Then dip each slice into the mixture and cook on a griddle. Till golden brown on both sides. Then serve and enjoy! 

Buttermilk Syrup

  • 1 c butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Bring the butter, sugar, buttermilk and baking soda to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. 

Cinnamon French Toast

  • 14 slices of bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1 T cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Whisk in a medium bowl the milk, eggs and cinnamon. Dip each slice of bread one at a time in the mixture, cook on a griddle till golden brown on both sides. Serve with homemade Buttermilk Syrup. 

Homemade Angel Food Cake

This is a perfect spring dessert! It is light, airy, sweet and delicious. A little crusty on the top with a sweet crunch and perfect with fresh strawberries and whipped cream! This is my go to dessert. And who doesn’t love angel food cake topped with strawberries and whipped cream! Always a crowd pleaser! 😄

To a medium bowl add cake flour and 1/2 cup of sugar, mix with whisk. Take 11-12 eggs and bring them to room temperature. If you are like me, you will wait to do this right before you want to make it 😄 So bring the eggs to room temperature by putting them in warm-hot water for 10-15 minutes. 

To a large bowl add egg whites, absolutely NO egg yolks or this will not come out. The easiest way to remove egg yolks that have accidentally broken into the bowl is by using part of the egg shell to remove it. Then add the cream of tarter, salt and extracts. Note: do as I say and not as I do… use a larger bowl than I did 😜

Beat until soft peaks form, do not over beat. 

Add remaining 1 cup sugar in 1/4 cup increments beating well after each addition.

The texture will be like marshmallow cream. Add the flour mixture in four additions (sifting it into the mixture will break up any clumps) folding it in gently about 15 strokes per addition and turning bowl frequently. Be careful not to beat or stir it. After the last addition use about 10-20 additional folding strokes, scraping the bottom of bowl to get the excess flour. 

Now you can see why I needed to use a bigger bowl 😄 Then pour the mixture into a non-greased tube pan. 

Place on the bottom rack of the oven and bake at 375 for 35 minutes. 

To cool place upside down on a upside down glass.

When it is cool, loosen cake with a knife around the edges and center, gently shake out. Slice and serve, top with strawberries and whipped cream, eat plain, or come up with other delicious ways to serve! Enjoy! 

Homemade Angel Food Cake

  • 1 c plus 2 T cake flour
  • 1 1/2 c sugar divided
  • 11-12 egg whites at room temperature 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

In a medium bowl mix flour and 1/2 cup sugar together. In a large bowl combine egg whites, salt, cream of tarter and extracts. Beat until soft peaks form. Do not over beat.  Add remaining 1 cup sugar gradually, 1/4 cup at a time beating well with each addition. The texture will be like marshmallow cream. Mix in flour mixture in four additions, folding in with 15 fold over strokes each time and turning bowl frequently. Do not stir or beat. 

After last addition, use 10 to 20 additional folding strokes. Pour batter in non greased tube pan. Bake at 375 degrees on the bottom rack of oven for 35 minutes. Cool cake in pan upside down on a upside down glass. When cooled completely loosen cake from sides with a knife and gently shake out. 

Blender Salsa

I have a chips and salsa problem. There are many days that I will eat that for lunch and then again for dinner. In the summer when we have homegrown tomatoes nothing beats fresh pico! But for winter, we have to settle for blender salsa. Everything in it is fresh except for the canned tomatoes. If I have leftover tomatoes in the freezer from my garden I will use those and that gives it a fresher taste. Oh, you didn’t know you can freeze tomatoes? Well, you can! And use them in the winter for marinara or tomato soup or salsa! Just thaw them and remove the skins, and your ready to use them! This is a trick I learned from my amazing 76 year old Latina mother, who knows everything! Really! 

Ok, first add all ingredients to a blender

Then blend, or pulse. Depending on how smooth or chunky you like it. Easy right?!

And enjoy!

Blender Salsa

  • 2-14 oz cans of diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 1/2 jalapeño including seeds (we like spice)
  • 3/4 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (kosher is best for salsa and pico but regular is fine)
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro 
  • Juice of 1 lime 

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend or pulse to your texture preference. Enjoy!

My Kids Favorite Breakfast 

Our favorite wedding gift and most used one, which was given by my in-laws, turned out to be our Ebelskiver pan. Ebelskivers (Danish Pancakes) were a Christmas morning and birthday morning tradition in my husbands home growing up. They quickly became our Christmas and Birthday breakfast traditions also! They are a little time consuming but are worth it when you are craving a delicious, sweet breakfast!

Start by putting the flour, baking soda, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl

In a separate bowl beat 4 egg whites until stiff

Then to the large bowl add the buttermilk, and if you don’t have buttermilk you can make some by adding vinegar to milk in a 1 cup milk 1 T vinegar ratio, and let sit for 5 minutes. 

Then fold the egg whites into the large bowl mixture. 

Pour into the warm Ebelskiver pan and cook until golden brown on all sides, flipping the Ebelskivers with a toothpick.

While those are cooking make the syrup.

To a large saucepan add the sugar, butter, Karo Syrup and buttermilk. Boil for 5 min, the longer you cook it the thicker it will become and be more of a caramel sauce. 

Then add the vanilla and baking soda

We let this one cook a little too long but it was still delicious! You don’t have to use this recipe, any homemade buttermilk syrup will work, but don’t use store bought! These Ebelskivers are too good for that 😋

Then devour!

Basic Ebelskiver Recipe

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 c buttermilk
  • 4 egg whites

Combine all ingredients, except egg whites and mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter. Heat Ebelskiver pan on medium heat, spray pan. Fill each one to about 2/3 full with batter. Cook until bubbly and dry on the sides and flip with a toothpick. Cook all surfaces of Ebelskivers till golden brown and cooked in the center.

Ebelskiver Syrup

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 T white Karo Syrup
  • 1/2 c buttermilk

Boil 5 min then add:

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tsp vanilla

Serve on top of warm Ebelskivers

My very first post!

I am so excited to be able to start sharing my love for baking and cooking. This has been a very long time coming, but when my kitchen remodel was finished I knew it was time! We have been in our home for over 13 years. After 4 kids and 3 dogs and a litter of puppies, the original carpet and tile in the kitchen were completely trashed! Our remodel started with me complaining about the disgusting carpet, then the broken tiles, and if we ripped out the tiles we would have to take out the kitchen cabinets. If we were going to spend the money to replace the kitchen cabinets and flooring, I wanted the walls to be painted to look new also. The flooring I chose is dark engineered hardwood, so I figured we needed to paint the ceiling white also to brighten everything up. There was a major domino affect happening, but we jumped in anyway. This is what our kitchen used to look like.

And this is what it looks like now! Now you can understand why I want to bake so much. I want to break in my new kitchen and if anyone is going to get it dirty, scratch it up and possibly trash it… 😜 it’s going to be me. This process took about 2 months. So this is where we started. 

We decided we would rip out all of the carpet on the main level. In our office, we have a closet that was just collecting junk so we decided to make it an office space. That bench opens up to our dog’s sleeping area 🙂

After that, we started ripping out all of the cabinets in the kitchen, luckily I found someone to buy them after listing them in the classified ads. They even wanted our old appliances. Then we tore out the tile in the kitchen. We were prepared for it to be the worst part, and it was. My husband and son did most of the work, it saved us around $3,000 and it was worth it. Although it was about 3 days of awfulness. 

Then the flooring was put in! 

Then, we waited, and waited. Getting the cabinets put in took the longest. Luckily we have a little kitchenette in our basement that we were able to do dishes and have counter space for about 6 weeks until our cabinets and countertops were all put in. I chose glacier white for my quartz countertops. Then we decided to do subway tile for our backsplash, predictable, yes I know. And I didn’t care. I wanted a white kitchen and I love it!Then it was complete! We added a wall double oven, the cabinet guy said “Wow, 4 ovens? You must like to cook or bake.” I said, “Yep, I do” 🙂 Needless to say, I have been baking like crazy. Especially cinnamon rolls. So I am excited to share with you my favorite recipes! Thanks for reading!