Monday, January 30, 2012

Banana Baking Day

Today I turned these....

Into this ....
(cinnamon swirl banana bread)

And this...
(Chocolate chocolate chip banana bread)

And these....
(Breakfast Cookies)


I made Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread, Chocolate Banana Bread and Breakfast Cookies.

When I make quick breads, they don't always turn out in my loaf pans. Usually they get really brown and the top/center is still doughy. I solve that problem by using either round or rectangle cake pans. If you use a round or rectangle, start checking the bread around 30 mins. It usually doesn't take 50-55 mins.

When I make multiple loaves of bread, I use foil pans so I can just pop them right into the freezer. I simply wait until they have cooled, cover them with plastic wrap and the lid that comes with the pans. I get round and rectangle pans 3 per package at the dollar store. It is also great because when I make multiple loaves, I usually give a pan or two away and the people I give it to don't have to think about getting the pan back to me.

Here is the recipe for Breakfast Cookies.  I honestly do not remember where I got it from. If you know where this recipe originated from, please let me know. I usually triple this recipe when I make it. Breakfast cookies are soft and remind me of the top of a muffin.

1/3 c butter, softened
1 c peanut butter
1 c brown sugar
2 bananas
2 t vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 c buttermilk
1/2 c white flour
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
2 c quick cooking oats
1/2 c wheat germ
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 t baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Beat butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, bananas, vanilla; add eggs and buttermilk. Mix flours, oats, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, baking soda. Mix wet and dry ingredients; add chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls on a cookie sheet.

350 for 13-18 min.

So I ended up making 6 pans of bread and about 7 dozen breakfast cookies.  I will freeze 4 pans of bread and 5 dozen breakfast cookies. The cookies freeze really well. I simply put them in a freezer bag and when the kids want one for snack, they pull one out and either let it thaw while they do schoolwork or they warm them in the microwave.

I love having quick breads and breakfast cookies handy for snacks.

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