Cranberry Banana Bread

Cranberry Banana Bread

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Merry Christmas! I had a a bunch of leftover cranberries and thought that adding them to some banana bread might be kind of festive. The bread turned out great, and with the sugar glaze and walnuts I added to the top it was extra special. A perfect side to add to my Christmas breakfast!

Cranberry Banana Bread

Yield: 8 thick slices

Cranberry Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • Bread:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use 1% milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBS half and half
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (for sprinkling over the glaze)

Instructions

  1. Bread:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5″ loaf pan. Cream sugar and butter together in a medium mixing bowl until well blended. Add banana, vanilla, milk, and eggs, mixing well. Add flour and baking powder, mixing just until moist. Stir in nuts and cranberries. Spread batter evenly in loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Let loaf cool a few minutes in the pan and then remove from pan and cool completely. Makes 1 loaf.
  4. Glaze:
  5. Mix powdered sugar and half and half together, blending well. Add vanilla. This will make a thicker, creamy glaze. Spoon glaze over the top of your cooled loaf, then sprinkle with nuts. Let glaze set and serve.
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Simple Cheese Toast

Simple Cheese Toast

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This SIMPLE CHEESE TOAST is simply delicious! I used a sourdough from our local bakery. It’s a beautiful rustic loaf…you know, the kind that is super crusty, but soft in the middle. It is great by itself or a lovely side for a salad or pasta.  Just 10 minutes total to get to this yumminess! So easy to make! 

Simple Cheese Toast

Yield: 3 Slices

Simple Cheese Toast

Ingredients

  • 3 Pieces of Sliced Sourdough Bread
  • 2 TBS Melted Butter & Olive Oil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I used Tillamook)
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Chopped Italian Parsley

Instructions

  1. Just brush with butter & olive oil on both sides and place on a cookie sheet
  2. Put in the oven at 375 to toast one side
  3. Remove from oven & flip toast over. Slather a bit of mayonnaise on the non-toasted side & cover with shredded mozzarella. Then sprinkle lightly with smoked paprika.
  4. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes & wait for it to get bubbly. Remove from oven.
  5. Garnish with red pepper flakes and chopped Italian parsley
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Cornbread

Cornbread

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This super moist cornbread is a snap to make. A great side for just about any meal, but soups are my favorite! Be sure to slather it with plenty of butter! Yum! Click photo for printable recipe.

Cornbread
Yields 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup self-rising white cornmeal (If you can’t find it put 1 TBS baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt in an 1 cup measuring cup. Fill the remainder of the cup with the white cornmeal.)
  2. 1/3 cup butter
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 8 ounces cream style corn from a can. I always buy the 14.75 ounce can, use half and freeze the rest for my next batch of cornbread.
  5. 8 ounce container of sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Put the butter in a non stick 9 inch cake pan. Place the pan in the oven so the butter will melt. Watch carefully so it does not burn.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl with a spatula.
  4. Remove the melted butter from the oven. Add to the bowl and incorporate.
  5. Make sure the sides of the pan are greased with the butter and pour the cornbread mixture in and evenly distribute.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and a stick comes out clean.
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