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Browned Butter Roasted Banana Bread

I know, I know. I just posted banana bread…a chocolate banana bread in fact. But I had lots of bananas and buttermilk, and my mama always told me not to waste. Back in the day, I posted my famous Banana Bread. It made it rounds around the web and I got nothing by praise about […]

Burrata Cheese Appetizer

Have you ever had Burrata Cheese? It is like the most amazing thing I have ever put in my mouth. What is Burrata Cheese? Other than being angels singing in my mouth? It is mozzarella cheese cooked in salted water for a few minutes, pulled apart then given the chance to soak up some heavy […]

Favorite Things Thursday

See this cute little dog? We call him “Fluffy Butt”. He likes licking ears and eyeballs. His actual name is Winston, quite a regal name for a Chihuahua. He sheds like mad. The amount of hair that comes off this little 10 pound creature is unreal. I even use the Furminator (a previous Favorite Things […]

Chocolate Banana Bread

Some might say it’s too hot to bake. I say it’s never too hot to bake. Sure, I live in Florida. But in Florida, central a/c is a MUST. So baking doesn’t heat my house. Just crank down the air a bit…or turn on a fan..or bake naked. You will be fine. I know we […]

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Browned Butter Roasted Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I know, I know. I just posted banana bread…a chocolate banana bread in fact.

But I had lots of bananas and buttermilk, and my mama always told me not to waste.

Back in the day, I posted my famous Banana Bread. It made it rounds around the web and I got nothing by praise about it. Yeah.

I know the old saying is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. I get it.

Well, I wanted to mix it up a bit. Essentially the same recipe, but a few technique changes.

I wanted a deeper flavor. So I roasted the bananas and browned the butter. Two extra steps, but well worth it.

Bananas before roasting

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Bananas after roasting

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These are my FAVORITE frozen blueberries of ALL TIME! They even sell them in a canned variety now. I can’t find them in the stores yet…but trusty Amazon has them here.

Blueberries for banana bread

These are the pans I always use for my banana bread.

Pans for banana bread

A loaf with blueberries in it.

BlueBerry Banana bread

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Browned Butter Roasted Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick salted butter, browned
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 large very ripe Bananas,roasted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¼ cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped Walnuts, toasted (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray TWO 8" x 3¾" x 2½" pans with non stick spray
  3. In a mixer bowl, mix browned butter, sugar,vanilla and roasted bananas until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each one.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt.
  6. Incorporate the flour and buttermilk into the banana mixture. Start by adding a little butter milk, mix, then add some flour, then mix. Do this until all of it is gone.(Always start and end with the flour).
  7. Fold in the walnuts and blueberries.
  8. Divide evenly into the pans and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  9. Remove from pans and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Cut with a serrated bread knife.
Notes
Makes 2 loaves. To roast bananas: Place bananas(with peel on) on foil and roast in a 350 oven for 20 minutes. To brown butter: Place butter in a pan and cook over medium heat until it starts to brown and become fragrant. To toast walnuts:Preheat oven to 350, arrange walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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Burrata Cheese Appetizer

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Have you ever had Burrata Cheese?

It is like the most amazing thing I have ever put in my mouth.

What is Burrata Cheese? Other than being angels singing in my mouth?

It is mozzarella cheese cooked in salted water for a few minutes, pulled apart then given the chance to soak up some heavy cream over night.

I can’t even tell you. I’m drooling.

I was having cocktails at the bar at Fleming’s Steakhouse one evening and I gushed and gushed about their Burrata Cheese appetizer.

And you know what they said?

“Come back and we will teach you how to make Burrata Cheese”

I certainly took them up on that offer!

Don’t let the lengthy recipe fool you, it is actually REALLY easy to make. You make the cheese the night before, so that’s one less thing to do the day of your event.

Pardon the photos, you know how restaurants are, all dark and romantic.

Get yourself a good quality pound of mozzarella cheese and thickly slice it.

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Make a brine with salt and water.

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Once the water hits 190. Throw in the mozzarella and cook for 3 minutes.

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Finely chop or pull apart the cooked cheese

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Pour the heavy cream over the mozzarella cheese, cover and allow to sit for 8 hours or overnight.

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That’s it for the cheese. Told you it was simple.

Now for a lovely appetizer, serve it with some charred tomatoes, arugula and toasted garlic crostinis.

Toss some grape tomatoes with onion, garlic,vinegar and broil for a few minutes.

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Dress the arugula and make the crostinis.

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Ohhhh my. Look it even looks like heaven

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Thank you Thank you Thank you Fleming’s Steakhouse for allowing me to share this amazing dish with my readers!

The Housemade Burrata Cheese is part of Fleming’s “Bar La Carte” menu. It’s not the only amazing thing on there either.

You can get Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Prime Steakhouse Meatballs, Filet Mignon Flatbread, Cedar Roasted Mushroom & Artichoke Flatbread, Fleming’s Original Prime Rib Melt and the Prime Burger.

All are delightful. Try not to fill up at the bar, because I highly recommend the Bone-In Filet Mignon for dinner!

Burrata Cheese
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 2-4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 qrt. Water
  • ¼ cup + ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ½ lb. Fresh mozzarella in balls
  • ¾-1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 small baguette 8-9” long
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ tsp. granulated garlic
  • 6 oz. grape tomatoes halved
  • ¾ tsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced basil
  • ¾ tsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ tsp. Minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp. Minced red onion
  • ⅛ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp. Black pepper
  • ¾ oz. Wild arugula
  • 1 ½ tsp. Lemon balsamic vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. Heat the water and ¼ cup salt to 190°.
  2. Add the room temperature balls of mozzarella and cook for 3 minutes. Place into a colander then immediately start to pull the mozzarella into ⅛” wide x 1” long pieces placing them into a clean mixing bowl.
  3. Add ¾ cup heavy cream and ¼ tsp. salt and blend well. The mixture should look like wet cottage cheese.
  4. Allow to set over night to firm up.More cream can be added the next day if it is too firm.
  5. Slice the baguette into 12 ea. 4” long x ⅜” wide slices then place on a sheet pan.
  6. Combine room temperature butter and granulated garlic then spread evenly on the crostinis.
  7. Bake in a 375° oven for 7-8 minutes and slightly golden brown, reserve.
  8. Combine halved tomatoes, olive oil, minced basil, minced garlic, minced onion, salt and black pepper, vinegar and in a mixing bowl and toss well. Place on a metal plate then broil on high in the oven for 1-2 minutes to blister the tomatoes.
  9. Toss several times during cooking.
  10. Reserve warm.
  11. Toss well the arugula and lemon balsamic vinaigrette in the mixing bowl. On a large serving platter arrange the arugula, tomatoes and crostini in separate areas.
  12. Place the burrata into a glass crock or large ramekin and set on the plate with a small knife.
  13. Arrange the crostini around the plate.
Notes
Recipe Courtesy of Fleming's Steakhouse

Also, congrats to Amy Tong for winning my Pillsbury Giveaway.

Favorite Things Thursday

See this cute little dog?

Winston

We call him “Fluffy Butt”. He likes licking ears and eyeballs.

His actual name is Winston, quite a regal name for a Chihuahua.

He sheds like mad.

The amount of hair that comes off this little 10 pound creature is unreal.

I even use the Furminator (a previous Favorite Things Thursday) and he still molts like a snake.

If you know me personally, you will know I am a bit of a clean freak.

So as you could imagine, the dog hair drives me batty.

I have to vacuum EVERYDAY. Sounds annoying doesn’t it?

It is.

I hated lugging out my Dyson (I can’t stand my Dyson) everyday.

My Mom knew my frustration…cause Mommas know you best and for Christmas she got me this little bad boy.

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The Electrolux Bagless Vacuum.

I am so domestic, it’s pretty sad.

Anyway, I love love love this little vacuum.  It’s light, you store it on it’s charging station(so it’s always charged) and it sucks up all of the dog hair and everything else like sand  and crumbs on the floor.

Yes, I still have to get out the Dyson beast to do the down and dirty deep carpet work.

But the Electolux is PERFECT for my everyday rediculus dog vacuuming duties.

Ohhh, I totally forgot to mention, there is NO CORD.

This is a HUGE plus for me because I have a large area of tile and wood floors, so I don’t have to keep unplugging and moving to closer outlets. LOVE

**Remember, Favorite Things Thursdays are NOT sponsored posts, just things I love!**

Chocolate Banana Bread

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Some might say it’s too hot to bake.

I say it’s never too hot to bake.

Sure, I live in Florida. But in Florida, central a/c is a MUST. So baking doesn’t heat my house.

Just crank down the air a bit…or turn on a fan..or bake naked.

You will be fine.

I know we are all guilty of buying too many bananas.

Then they get all nasty and the fruit flies start invading.

Just solve the problem and make banana bread.

You can make my normal Famous Banana Bread or my Chocolate Banana Bread.

This recipe makes TWO 8 x 4 loaves.

You can find a good 8 x 4 pan here

Or you might be able to find the Hefty EZ Foil Disposable Loaf Pans in an 8″ x 3 3/4″ at your grocery store.

Kinda an odd size. I used to make it in a large loaf pan, but it took so long to cook, it would get dried out. So breaking the recipe into two pans, solved that issue.
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Chocolate Banana Bread
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Serves: 12
 
Chocolate banana bread
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ⅓ cup Buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large over ripe Bananas, Smooshed
  • 6 oz. chopped Semi-Sweet Chocolate or 6 oz.(1/2 bag) Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven t0 350.
  2. Lightly grease TWO 8in x 3¾in x 2½in pans or TWO 8" x 4" loaf pans.
  3. Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla with hand mixer or stand mixer.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well in between each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk..(always start and end with the flour)
  7. Add bananas, and chocolate stir until combined.
  8. Pour the batter into both pans evenly.
  9. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out of the center with only slight crumbs on it.
  10. Allow to cool.
  11. Cut with a serrated bread knife.
Notes
Makes 2 Loaves

 

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