Baking - Desserts, Ingredient Insights, Recipe

Wondrous One Ingredient “Ice Cream”

For those of you who can’t have sugar, dairy or eggs, this one’s for you! All it takes is bananas. We were very surprised at how easy this “ice cream” was to make, and how tasty and creamy it was. Like banana bread, it works best with very ripe bananas. All you need to do is slice up the bananas (I used about one banana per person and it was more than enough), spread them out on a plate, freeze them for a couple hours, and then blend them up until they’re creamy. And voilĂ , a delicious, creamy treat fit for pretty much anyone!

You can also add various things to enhance the flavour; I put in some vanilla bean paste and cinnamon. The page where I found the recipe, which you can find here, has all kinds of suggestions of things to add in: maple syrup, peanut butter, cocoa powder, Nutella, etc. I haven’t had a chance to make it again to add different things, but they all sound delicious! We found it was at its best when eaten immediately. We had some leftovers to eat the next day, and they were also good, but a bit more like a popsicle than ice cream. I think you could easily re-blend it to make it creamy again.

It is a super-easy dessert, perfect for a hot summer day when you want something refreshing, and don’t want to work hard for it. So let those bananas age gracefully, and then reward yourself with a guilt-free creamy delight!

Baking - Breads, Recipe

Just add Pecans

I have recently developed an obsession with pecans. I don’t remember liking nuts very much when I was a kid, but I have gradually come to appreciate them more and more, beginning with snacking, and now in baking and cooking. There are the standards: pecan pie and butter tarts, chocolate covered caramel clusters, hello dollies, and the crackers I posted about a few weeks ago. Then I have a recipe for mushroom burgers that uses pecans, which at first I didn’t think would be lacking if I ‘forgot’ to put them in, but now I would never make without. I’ve used them in salads, on top of pizza, as part of stuffed vegetables. All this to say that what I once tried to avoid, I now keep on hand and add in whenever possible!

My aunt and uncle came to visit a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be nice to make some muffins for breakfast. Of course I immediately wanted to make them with pecans. Continue reading “Just add Pecans”