Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love chocolate chip muffins and these – with the addition of the banana – are absolutely fabulous! They are perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert. The addition of the sour cream guarantees moistness and the addition of the chocolate chips adds that little something special. These are rich, delicious and perfect to make ahead.

These muffins are easy to whip up and stay fresh, in an airtight container, for several days. You could also wrap these individually with plastic wrap and then wrap in aluminum foil for the freezer and leave for 3 months.


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups white all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick spray containing flour.

In a large bowl combine the mashed bananas and melted unsalted butter. Stir in the sour cream then beat in the large eggs one at a time, followed by the pure vanilla extract.

Next, stir in the light brown sugar, white granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour. Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Fill each muffin cup almost to the top with batter. These will rise slightly but nothing to worry about if you are concerned about the batter overflowing. Sprinkle the tops of each with Turbinado sugar. 

Place in preheated oven for 19 minutes. 

Remove and allow to cool slightly before removing. 

Enjoy! 

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Chew This! Banana Brownies with Caramel Frosting

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I’ll be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

My newest recipe is a recipe that I am in love with! Banana brownies with caramel frosting! How fabulous does that sound!? I am currently really involved with developing recipes for brownies that are not chocolate. I have made strawberry brownies, lemon brownies, orange brownies, these banana brownies and yesterday I started developing a recipe for pumpkin brownies. In the future I am thinking about blueberry brownies and pineapple brownies. My recipe today is so quick, so easy and beyond flavorful! The caramel frosting that goes on top really transforms these into that “much buzzed about” dessert that your friends and family will be talking about well after the dessert course is served. Highly recommend that you try these! 

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature answers the question on how I transform my chocolate chips cookies into something “special” once in awhile – with that sweet and salty touch. 

Pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think!


Banana Brownies with Caramel Frosting

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/neighbors_features/article_81e9fff1-9bc3-5891-ab3f-0f61f72c50a2.html

Enjoy!

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Sour Cream – Banana Cake

This is the best banana cake I have ever had! The bananas – the sour cream – the cinnamon – the frosting! Delicious!

Sour Cream – Banana Cake

For the cake…
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
4 large bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups white all-purpose flour

For the frosting…
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F and spraying a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour. 

In a large bowl mix together the white granulated sugar, softened unsalted butter and sour cream until light and fluffy. 

Beat in the two large eggs. 

Mix in the mashed bananas, pure vanilla extract, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. 

Gently fold in the white all-purpose flour. The batter may still have white steaks throughout – this is desirable. 

Pour batter into prepared pan and spread out the top to ensure the cake is even. 

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. 

To make the frosting, combine the melted unsalted butter and confectioners’ sugar. Halfway through the mixing add in the whole milk and pure vanilla extract. 

Once cake is baked, remove and cool completely before frosting. 

Cut and enjoy! 

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Blaise the Baker Recommends – Notes on a Banana 

“Notes on a Banana” By: David Leite 

I can not tell you how much I love this book! It really struck a cord with me. I guess I was not expecting this book to hit so close to home but it really did in just about every way imaginable. David is a very talented writer and I am lucky enough to be able to call him one of my “Facebook friends”. I really admire him, his journey and now after reading this – his life. 

This memoir is not to be missed! I was lucky enough to score an advanced copy – and I am recommending everyone to preorder this book today! I have already placed my Amazon order – I can not wait to gift this to some of my friends and family. 

For the last several months – years maybe – I have been reading cookbooks like novels. Between this memoir and “Give A Girl A Knife” it has really opened my eyes to the world of food memoirs – a genre that I am really learning to love and appreciate. 

This memoir covers just about everything you can think of! Sexuality, family dynamics, food, love, lust, mental illness, acceptance, balance and so much more. And there is so many things that relate to me or to the people I have in my life. I love David’s philosophy on butter and cooking and I love his philosophy on love and how to love with all your heart. 

This charming, informative, personal and emotional memoir landed in my lap at just the right time. The depth of what is covered in this memoir can not possibly be covered in this short blog post so trust me when I say – PREORDER this book TODAY! Trust me. You will not be sorry. And buy a copy for your friend too. This is the perfect book for your local club book – so many wonderful discussions can be brought out in the open by this charming and frank memoir that has touched me so much. 

To purchase / preorder click below – 

https://m.harpercollins.com/9780062414373/notes-on-a-banana

Blaise 

Banana Cream Pie in a Glass

Who doesn’t love banana cream pie? I was experimenting with pies a few weeks ago and the crust didn’t work out, so I made the crust into one of the layers in a parfait! My taste testers LOVED the idea and thought the taste and texture was almost better than the original pie! Flip around this recipe to make whatever flavors you desire! So fun and so elegant. Plus – a portable pie!? Score!


Banana Cream Pie in a Glass 

1 box instant banana pudding mix
3 cups whole milk
4 large bananas, sliced thin
1 cup crumbled graham crackers
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups whipped cream, homemade or bought

In a large bowl combine the instant banana pudding mix with the whole milk. Whisk together and let stand for about 3 minutes.

In a large bowl combine the crumbled graham crackers, melted unsalted butter and ground cinnamon until sand-like in looks and texture.

Start putting together the dessert by sprinkling a layer of crushed graham crackers into the bottom of the desired number and size of glasses. 

Next layer in the banana pudding, sliced bananas and whipped cream. Keep layering until the mixtures run out and you’re left with a layer of whipped cream on the top. 

Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers on top of each right before serving. 

Enjoy! 

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Banana Walnut Bread with a Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Swirl

I made this a few days ago for a friend and she flipped out over it! She said she had never had banana bread that was so tender, moist, flavorful and “hit the spot” like this one did!

I love banana bread too and usually fold in semi-sweet chocolate chunks, but this time I really decided to give it everything I had and add cream cheese, walnuts, cinnamon and Turbinado sugar.

It is everything you might have hoped for!

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Banana Walnut Bread with a Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Swirl

For the bread…
1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas, about 4 bananas
1 cup white all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped, plus 1/2 cup aside

For the filling (swirl)…
1 large egg
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
3 tablespoons white all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 9×5-inch bread pan with non-stick spray with flour.

In a large bowl combine the large egg, light brown sugar, white granulated sugar, vegetable oil, sour cream, pure vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Stir until well combined.

Stir in the white all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chopped walnuts.

Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Make the filling by combining the large egg, cream cheese, white granulated sugar, white all-purpose flour, pure vanilla extract and ground cinnamon in a medium bowl.

Spread this mixture evenly over the banana bread batter. Swirl gently with a knife.

Place the other half of the banana bread batter over the top and spread evenly.

Sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and sprinkle with a layer of Turbinado Sugar.

Place in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes. Tent with aluminum foil about 40 minutes through the baking time if you are worried the edges may burn.

Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing and slicing.

Enjoy!

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Week in Review

Here’s a recap of my “Blaise the Baker” recipes that were featured this week…

Week in Review Blaise the Baker

Chocolate Pound Cake with White Chocolate Ganache
MAKE IT: https://blaisethebaker.com/2015/04/27/chocolate-pound-cake-with-white-chocolate-ganache/
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Banana Pudding Crunch Cake
MAKE IT: https://blaisethebaker.com/2014/02/23/banana-pudding-crunch-cake/
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Hope you enjoy!

Leftover 411

I titled this post “Leftover 411” because I have this saying – whenever I don’t know something I will say “What’s the 411!?” Example – I hear someone talking about the new peanut butter, cream cheese toaster pastries – and I’ll say “Really? What’s the 411!?” Ha! 😉 I know – I’m a nerd. Anyways…this post is all about some leftover ideas.

Let’s say you have a couple of overly ripe bananas, or maybe a couple of potatoes leftover, or maybe some leftover spaghetti and sauce from the night before. What do you do with them!? Throw them away!? No!

Use these “leftover” recipes – and expand and go with what you’ve got. Experiment and HAVE FUN in the kitchen! You’ll never know what you’ll come up with…

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Quick Spaghetti Bread

1 – 2 cups leftover spaghetti and sauce
1 package frozen pizza dough, thawed
1 egg white, beaten
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F and spray a regular size loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Knead the leftover spaghetti and sauce into the pizza dough. Trust me – this will work – just keep kneading and folding – eventually it will all come together.

Place the bread into the prepared loaf pan – make a loaf shape if it doesn’t form one on it’s own.

Brush the top of the loaf with the beaten egg white and sprinkle evenly on top the Parmesan cheese.

Place in preheated oven for 30 minutes exactly. Remove and allow to cool slightly before removing and slicing. This is AMAZING with melted butter on each slice.

Leftovers can be kept in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.

Enjoy!

Quick Banana Bread

3-4 bananas, peeled
1 box of yellow cake mix
2 eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
(the cinnamon and nutmeg are optional – also optional would be 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup pecans or even 1/2 cup chocolate chips)

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a regular size loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. (I use a potato masher to do this…)

Add the eggs, ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat until fully incorporated.

Add whatever else you desire – (see note above)

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, even out the top and place in preheated oven for 40 minutes exactly.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Slice and serve slathered with butter.

Enjoy!

Roasted Loaded Sliced Potatoes

2 – 3 potatoes, unpeeled, cleaned and scrubbed
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Desired toppings

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Spray the aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray.

Slice the potatoes into slices – about 1/2 inch thick – and place them on the aluminum foil.

Drizzle olive oil all over the potato slices, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Turn the potato slices over, and repeat with the other side. Olive oil, salt and pepper.

Place in preheated oven for 30 minutes (or until golden brown).

Remove and add shredded cheese (if using) and return to oven to melted cheese for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from oven and add desired toppings. I like sour cream and chives. Feel free to add bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, olives, etc.

Enjoy!

What new and usual ways do YOU use leftovers!? Shoot me an email (blaisethebaker@gmail.com) and let me know!

If you are interested in other recipes that are “Lightning Fast” and only require a couple of ingredients and can be stirred up and baked in no time, click here – https://blaisethebaker.com/2014/04/09/lightning-fast-desserts/

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Lightning Fast Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am dedicating this blog post and recipe to my friend Kerri, who requested a banana chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ve been researching and testing this recipe for awhile and just couldn’t quite “get there” on how to make it easy and fast…and flavorful. I tested several recipes and then realized that I had already “created” this recipe! This recipe is a spin on my “Lightning Fast Banana Bread Cookies”. (Which can be viewed here – https://blaisethebaker.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/lightning-fast-desserts/)

The recipe is the same – you just replace the chopped walnuts with chocolate chips! You can also replace them with raisins and a dash of ground cinnamon! They’re delicious, easy, and most important…very flavorful!

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Lightning Fast Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 overripe bananas
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (regular can work in a pinch too)

Mash the 2 bananas in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.

Add the oats and chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Drop tablespoons of batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Makes about 12 cookies.

Enjoy!

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Lightning Fast Desserts

There is nothing I love more than making desserts from scratch…expect maybe aside from eating them! 😉

I love taking the time to ensure that everything is done correctly and I love seeing (and tasting) the final outcome! In making desserts from scratch YOU control the quality of the ingredients – which I love.

BUT – I know that everyone doesn’t have the time to make homemade desserts from scratch, so I’m going to share FIVE of my favorite “lightning fast desserts”! TWO of these desserts have already been featured on my blog and they are the recipes for my “Any Flavor Chip Fudge” (which has just been updated) and my “Turbinado Peanut Butter Cookies”. You can find them here…

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Lightning Fast Fudge recipe https://blaisethebaker.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/fudge-favorite-chocolate-fudge-and-favorite-peanut-butter-fudge/

Lightning Fast Cookie recipe https://blaisethebaker.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/peanut-butter-cookies-with-turbinado-sugar/

The other three recipes I’m going to share are super simple and super delicious! I’ve made them a LOT over the years, and I hope that you will to. They are…

Lightning Fast Biscuits and Jam

1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Combine and turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

Knead the dough lightly for about a minute.

Roll the dough to 3/4 inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. My biscuit cutter is approximately 2 inches.

Bake at 425 degrees on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 14 minutes exactly.

Top with your favorite jam and serve!

Makes about 6 large biscuits.

Enjoy!

Lightning Fast Banana Bread Cookies

2 overripe bananas
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mash the 2 bananas in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.

Add the oats and walnuts and stir to combine.

Drop tablespoons of batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Makes about 12 cookies.

Enjoy!

Lightning Fast Cupcakes

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 can room temperature soda

Any flavor of cake mix and any flavor of soda will work! Experiment! Try them all! My favorite though is chocolate cake mix and “Coca-Cola” – so delicious!)

Combine cake mix and soda and whisk together until smooth.

Pour the batter into a cupcake paper lined tin and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes exactly.

Let them cool completely and then frost as desired! I really like “frosting” them with whipped cream!

This makes 12 regular size cupcakes.

Enjoy!

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