Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Spiced Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Good morning! I hope that you had a good weekend. I did because I was a virtual shut in, I baked, read, sat in front of the fire, wrapped Christmas gifts and decorated.  It is hard to believe that I lived in Alaska and the Midwest for half of my life and now that I have moved South I am a wimp! In my defense it has rained for 3 days and it is cold. It dropped over 30 degrees in two days.

I have Thanksgiving on my mind and I was thinking, what if you have guests that don't like traditional pumpkin and pecan pies? I cannot imagine such a person but what if you did? You could serve them this moist scrumptious  Banana Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting which I recently made in addition to your traditional treats. 

Banana Spice Cake
Recipe from Kitchen Treaty

2 cups all-purpose
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon all spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
11/2 cups granulated sugar
11/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
milk to get frosting to desired spreading consistency

Directions for Cake:

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray. 
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and powder, salt and all spices then set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, this will take about 2-3 minutes. Then add the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Mix in the sour cream and the mashed bananas. The add the flour mixture a little at a time, beat until incorporated. 
Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the cake is golden and a tester comes out clean. 
Remove cake from the oven and cool on wire wrack until cool. 

Once cake is cooled frost with frosting and enjoy. 

Directions for Frosting:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the softened butter and cream cheese   on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Turn mixer to low and add powdered sugar slowly. Once powdered sugar is incorporated add the vanilla and mix on medium until fluffy. Add milk until the frosting is at the consistency that you like. Frost cake and enjoy!

Of course if it is the "Fall" spices that your guests do not like you could always make a traditional banana or perhaps a chocolate cake.

This Best Ever Banana Cake  is an excellent choice. Or perhaps this scrumptious chocolate cake?

Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake

Whatever you serve I am sure that your guests will love it, after all it is not about the food, it is about being together.

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Friday Favorites from My Notting Hill, Architect Design, Emily Clark, Country Days and More

Good morning! I am so happy it is Friday because that means there is only a few more days before my sister gets here to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I cannot wait.

This week there are tons of great recipes and table scape ideas to get ready for the holiday on the web and as I  am sure that you are already ready for the holiday my Friday Favorites are about everything but that. I hope you enjoy.

Image My Nottiing Hill via La Dolce Vita

I love interior design and this week My Notting Hill featured the work of blogger and designer Paloma from La Dolce Vita. I would gladly have Paloma design my living room or any other room for that matter. By the way, this room is only half finished.

Are you a royalists? Do you enjoy seeing and learning the history of the Royal family in the UK? I do and this week Architect Design featured a great post on Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana, current home of Kate and William and the birthplace of Queen Victoria(that fact I did not know).

Or perhaps you are a fan of William Churchill and his lovely wife Lady Clementine Churchill? Katie Armour featured 6 Fun Facts about Lady Clementine Spencer Churchill that you might find interesting!

Image Brooklyn Limestone

For those of you who are already decorating for Christmas (ME!) Emily Clark had a great idea for a wreath making party! I am actually going to be making magnolia wreaths with my sister next week so that she can take them home to the Mid-west, perhaps I should invite some friends as well and make it a party!

Country Days

Speaking of making things, do you eat Christmas pudding? I have never made it but I came across a recipe on Country Days and thought I would share it just in case you want to try it this year.

For all of you that love a good book, here is the list of the 2015 National Book Award Winners. Perhaps there is something that you want to add to your Christmas list?

I hope that you found something new and interesting here and if you have something to share, please do.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Virtual Cookie Exchange

Good morning! I know that next week is Thanksgiving and I should be thinking about the menu but honestly, the pumpkin pie is all I care about as far as the food goes. 

Sugar Cookies

For those of you that know me,  sweets are my thing and this week my mind is on Christmas. Christmas cookies that is. 

The women in my family are fabulous bakers.  I learned to bake at my grandmother and mothers side and in the weeks leading up to the holidays these ladies were busy.

My grandmother had 10 kids and she came from a family of 13 kids so she was baking for a small army.  I can remember as a child there was a closet that was stacked from floor to ceiling with cookie tins, each containing a different kind of cookie.  Talk about utopia for a little kid. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have about 8 kinds of cookies that I bake and send to people every year. This year I want to branch out and try some new things. So I thought I would ask you to share your favorite cookie recipe with me. Is there a family recipe that you love, or something that you go back to year after year that the holiday would not be complete without it? 

Snowball Cookies

If so, please consider sharing your recipes with us. If it is something that you have already made and posted on your blog than send me the link and I will share it with everyone. If you have a link to the recipe that you follow send that as well. Or just copy and paste the recipe into the comments.

Raspberry and Apricot Rugulach

I will compile a separate post of any cookie recipes that are shared here so that we can all try them out. 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cranberry Almond Coffee-cake

Good morning! How was your weekend? It is strange to come here and post about a recipe after the terrible tragedy in Paris. Thankfully all of my friends are safe but my heart goes out to all those who lost their lives or are injured. 

I have a busy week and am trying to get as much done for the holidays before my guests arrive next Monday. That means, Christmas trees, wrapping, desserts, and more! EEEK!

This weekend I made a few cranberry coffeecakes to test the recipes and see if I wanted to have them while the guests are here. This is one of them and it is delicious! Moist, sweet, with a hint of almond and more. Throw on the crumble topping and I think it is the perfect cake for breakfast or dessert. In fact I liked it so much I am making them to give away!

Cranberry Almond Coffeecake with Crumble Topping
3 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups sugar

1 1/2 Sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 Tablespoon almond extract
1 1/2 Cups sour cream

2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour

2 Teaspoons baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon baking soda 

1 Teaspoon salt

2 Cups cranberries, plus more if you want to garnish

Crumb Topping:
1/2 Cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Stick unsalted butter, melted
1/4 Teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare an 8" spring form pan with cooking spray, or butter and flour. Line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper. 

To make the crumb topping, combine the sugar, flour and salt in a small bowl.  Stir in the melted butter and mix until it resembles small crumbs. 

To make the cake, cream the butter and sugar together using  a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Then beat in the eggs on at a time. Add the almond extract and sour cream and continue mixing until just combined.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. set aside. Stir the flour mixture into the wet batter and mix.  
 Place the cranberries to a small bowl and add a tablespoon of the flour mixture.  Toss the berries in the flour to help prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake. 
 Add the cranberries to the bowl and stir just until combined.

Place the crumb topping evenly over the batter and bake  for approximately 50 - 60 minutes or until a tooth pick  comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.  Dust the top with powdered sugar and sugared berries if you like. 

Have you been experimenting with any desserts this weekend? If so, do share the recipes. And if you have a few suggestions for Thanksgiving breakfast let me know.

I hope that you have a fabulous week!

Linking to:
Stone Gable The Scoop
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
Savvy Southern Style
Dixie Delights

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Silent Sunday 11-15-2015

My thoughts and prayers are with all who have lost their lives or are wounded in Paris. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Birthday To Me: 15 Lessons I Learned From My Dog

Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me. Today is my 49th birthday and oddly I don't feel almost a half a century old. Exactly, what is that supposed to feel like? Whatever the case on my birthday I like to post about the lessons that I learned in the past year. This year my biggest lessons came from my dog Munchen.

Here are 15 things I learned this year. 

I guess it is true, there are lessons to be learned everyday from everyone around us, including our beloved pets. 

In honor of my birthday I wanted to announce my new adventure, Dunstan & Moles. You can read all about my artisan leather and bespoke goods at the Dunstan & Moles blog

Have a great day and BE HAPPY!

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