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Caramel Banana Brownies

I've been wanting to try out this idea ever since I did my Quick Easy Brownies post last month. I love caramel and bananas and thought it would be a great addition to my brownie recipe. I mashed a couple of bananas up with half a cup of caramel and swirled it into the brownie mixture. I adjusted the cooking time and hoped for the best. They came out looking great and I couldn't wait for them to cool so I could try it out. So it was time for a taste test... and well they tasted DISGUSTING!! I don't know what went wrong but it didn't work. No new recipe to share with this post, but am hoping someone out there has made caramel banana brownies or something similar and it turned out successful. If so, please share it in the comments section. I have one more brownie recipe planned and hope that one turns out ok! If not I'm just sticking with my original recipe as those tasted great!


Muffin Monday: Peanut Butter Mocha Muffins

I missed the last 2 Muffin Mondays but glad to be back for this great recipe! Espresso, chocolate, and a little peanut butter thrown in... what's not to like?! The perfect little treat to start the week right! I would use this recipe as a base recipe to make up your favourite latte muffin creation. Next time I will have to try making a Nutty Irishman Latte Muffin... espresso, chocolate, hazelnut, and Irish cream. Yummm!


Happy Muffin Monday!


Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week. 


Recipe
Inspired by Bon App├ętit
Ingredients:
1/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp instant espresso powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups peanut butter chips

Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C. Line muffin pan with twelve paper liners. 
  2. Stir 1/4 cup hot water and espresso powder in medium bowl until espresso powder dissolves. 
  3. Add buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. 
  4. Add buttermilk mixture and stir just until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and pecans.
  5. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. 
  6. Bake until tester inserted into center of muffins comes out clean, about 20 - 25 minutes. 
  7. Transfer muffins to rack and cool.

Crispy "Seaweed" with Spicy Peanut Garnish

I called this Crispy "Seaweed" but it actually is crispy kale but reminded of the fried seaweed you can order at a Chinese restaurant. I never thought of making something similar at home but was inspired by Junia and Rebecca to try this out. I wanted to add my own little touch to this simple recipe and came up with a Spicy Peanut Garnish to sprinkle over the crispy kale. This quick snack tasted great!! I will definitely be making this again... and again! The garnish makes quite a lot, so it depends how much you would like to sprinkle on but any leftovers just save for the next time you make some crispy "seaweed".

Recipe
Inspired by Mis Pensamientos
Ingredients:
200g Sliced Curly Kale
3tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt, to taste
Spicy Peanut Garnish:
1/3 cup Roasted Peanuts
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1tsp Dried Chopped Garlic
1tsp Dried Red Chilli Flakes
Splash of Toasted Sesame Oil

Steps:
  1. PREHEAT the oven to 375F/190C.
  2. CUT the washed and dried kale into evenly bite size pieces. Get rid of any thick stalks.
  3. MASSAGE the olive oil all over the kale and spread evenly onto two baking sheets. Sprinkle over a little salt.
  4. BAKE for 10 minutes then carefully mix the kale up a little bit and place back in oven for about 5 minutes.
  5. USING a mini chopper, place in all the ingredients of the spicy peanut garnish and blitz until it is a crumbly texture.
  6. LET the kale cool on the baking sheets and then place into a small serving bowl.
  7. SPRINKLE the spicy peanut garnish over the kale.
  8. ENJOY!



UPDATE: Baking Mad With Eric Lanlard




Tomorrow is the big day! I will be taking part in front of the camera for an episode of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard filmed in London. It's all happened so quickly and I am very excited for what will be a fun experience! I'm not allowed to reveal what the theme of the episode will be or what I will be baking but it has one of my favourite ingredients in it. The picture to the left shows the leftover mess from when I last made it. I just hope that it comes out nice on Monday. :)

The show will be aired on Channel 4 sometime after March. I will find a way to share the episode on here once it airs.









Citrus BlogHop: Clementine Basil Mojito Loaf Cake

It's BlogHop time! This month we are focusing on Citrus. I had lots of ideas for this month and then came up with this recipe. I was inspired by a couple sources, the blog Barefoot Kitchen Witch for which my recipe is based on and my favorite mojito drink from a local restaurant Benson Blakes. This recipe was easy to whip up and loved the smells even before I baked it! Mojitos are my favorite drink when I go out and I love this loaf cake version. I will have to experiment with other flavor combinations as this loaf cake was amazing!

Please join in on the #citruslove fun by linking up any citrus recipe from the month of January 2012. Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #citruslove event! Make sure to visit all the other co-hosts below to see their #citruslove recipes.

Recipe
Inspired by Barefoot Kitchen Witch
Ingredients:
Finely grated zest of 2 clementines 
10 large basil leaves, finely chopped
1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup fresh clementine juice
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
For syrup:
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup fresh clementine juice
1/4 cup rum
5 large basil leaves, finely chopped

Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C.  Butter a 8" x 4" loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Combine clementine zest, basil, and sugar in a bowl and rub with a back of a spoon to release oils in the clementine zest and basil and set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  4. Mix the butter into the sugar mixture on high speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Add 1/4 cup clementine juice, followed by eggs.  Beat until smooth.
  6. Alternating between the flour mixture and the milk, blend these into the mixture in the bowl.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan, place on middle rack in the oven and bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. While the loaf is baking, combine the syrup ingredients until sugar is completely dissolved.
  9. When the loaf comes out of the oven, poke holes all over the top with a thin knife and then pour the syrup evenly over the top.
  10. Let the loaf cool in the pan for an hour before removing.

Co-hosted by:  A little bit of everything, Astig Vegan, Baker Street, BigFatBaker, CafeTerraBlog, Cake Duchess, Cakeballs, cookies and more, Elephant Eats, Easily Good Eats, Food Wanderings, Georgiecakes, Hobby And More, Mike's Baking, Mis Pensamientos, No One Likes Crumbley Cookies, Oh Cake, Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives, Peaches and Donuts, Savoring Every Bite, Simply Reem, Smart Food and Fit, Soni's Food for Thought, That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!, The Art of Cooking Real Food, The More Than Occasional Baker, The Spicy RD, The Wimpy Vegetarian, Vegan Yack Attack!, Vegetarian Mamma, You Made That?

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Muffin Monday: Oreo Muffins

I can't remember the last time I had Oreos. Making these muffins brought back childhood memories when I used to eat Oreos all the time. Dip them in milk, twist them, eat the filling first, or eat it whole. Lots of ways I used to eat Oreos!  These muffins turned out great. I slightly changed the recipe from Food.com. First, I cut the recipe in half as I did not want to have 40 mini muffins, added a little vanilla in the batter, broke the cookies into quarter chunks for the batter, and added an Oreo crumble on top. It made 10 muffins and I was happy with that! 

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.
Recipe
Adapted from Food.com - Makes 10 muffins
Ingredients:
1 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1/8 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 Oreo cookies , broken into quarters
5  Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp Sugar

Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, set aside.
  3. In small bowl, combine milk, sour cream, vanilla and egg.
  4. Stir the egg mixture in to the flour mixture with butter until just blended.
  5. Gently stir in the 10 oreo cookies broken into quarters.
  6. Coarsely chop 5 oreo cookies and mix with sugar to make crumble.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin pan lined with baking cups and sprinkle with the oreo crumble.
  8. Bake at for 20 minutes. Remove from pan, cool on wire rack.


 

Happy New Year!

Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope everyone has a great year in 2012!

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Take a look at my 10 most popular posts of 2011:
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  2. Bake a Cake in a... Mug! -Simple quick cake recipe for one that bakes in the microwave!
  3. Grasshopper Pie - Chocolate & Mint... YUM!
  4. Squash BlogHop: Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls - Part of the BlogHop series focusing on Squash. 
  5. Cake Mug... again! - This cake mug proved to be popular and the add-ins could be anything!
  6. Cookie BlogHop: Cinnamon Palmiers - Another BlogHop and I used cinnamon again! Love cinnamon!
  7. Apple BlogHop: Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Custard Glaze and Butterscotch Pieces - Love BlogHops, I don't usually make cookies but these were very tasty!
  8. Rice BlogHop: Tiramisu Rice Pudding - BLOGHOP! :) Like rice pudding? Tiramisu? Try this recipe out.
  9. Peppermint Creams - Nice little treat... Chocolate & Mint! Very easy to make!
  10. Shane's 26th Birthday - Grape Poke Cake - My 1st time making a poke cake but it was nice and I would definitely try it out again!