banana bread


Hello bloggers! 🙂 🙂 How is everyone doing? How is the weekend going? I hope you’re having an amazing, sunny and happy weekend! As for me since I have a lot of free time lately I am trying new recipes in my beloved home kitchen where ingredients and tools are more than enough to keep me entertained!

This time I decided to try a banana bread recipe I adapted from an great blog I follow, http://saudavelcomoumpero.blogspot.pt/

It is pretty simple and it turns out a delicious bread that goes great with honey, jam, cheese, or even by itself!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla flavor
  • 4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 50g of grated almonds
  • a pinch of salt
  • sunflower seeds and chia seeds (as much as you like)

Preparation:

1 – Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC.

2 – Beat the eggs in a bowl and add to it the peanut oil, vanilla flavor, cinnamon and the pinch of salt.

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3- Smash the bananas and add them to the egg mixture along with the grated almonds and the seeds.

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4 – Pour it in a rectangular baking tray and take it to the oven for about 30 minutos.

And it’s ready to serve! 🙂

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PB muffins gone healthy


Hey everyone! Hope you are all having an amazing weekend and HAPPY EASTER to you all my friends!

As for me I am back at home and having a full packed kitchen couldn’t resist on baking something! This time I decided to do a kind of Peanut butter muffins. My mom (and very well she does!) she is taking on a much healthier life style and she is using and trying a lot of new healthy ingredients. Therefore I used mainly her ingredients and my favorite of all – my Jiff PB jar! J So with this I came up with a recipe for very healthy Peanut Butter muffins! Here I share the recipe (I am sorry I did not use the scale and since I measured all by eye I will try to describe as close as I remember doing it, but again, the measures by not be exactly the ones I wrote but while doing it add or remove as you feel like!)

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Ingredients:

– 100 g spelt flour

– 3 tbsp carob flour (if you want you can use cocoa powder instead)

– 2 eggs

– 1 cup of rice milk

– 2 tbsp honey

– 1 tsp Cinnamon

– 1 pinch of vanilla

– ½ apple

– 2 tbsp oatmeal

– 1 tsp of Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter per muffin (as a PB lover I did quite full spoons)

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Preparation

1. Preheat the oven at 190ºC.

2. Mix flours, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl

3. Beat the two eggs and add the milk to them

4. Combine the egg mixture and honey into the flours. Add also the sliced apple and oats.


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5. In a muffin tray spoon 1 tbsp of the batter, then one 1 tsp of PB and then another tbsp of the batter. Repeat it until the muffin tray is full. Take it to the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

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a kinda doughnut pudding


So the other day me and my brother decided to buy some doughnuts, chocolate filled ones hoping they would be a guilty pleasure! Although turned out the chocolate was quite dark (neither of us like it). Conclusion: we had a full box of doughnuts and no idea what to do with them! That was when I remembered one of my favorite chef recipes, Croissant Pudding from Nigella. It basically works with any left over pastry so if you have any croissants, doughnuts or any other pastry that is not fresh anymore instead of trowing it away try this recipe, quite delicious, easy and you don’t throw food away!

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So here are the ingredients:

  • 1 box of doughnuts
  • 50 grams brown sugar
  • tablespoons water
  • 125 ml double cream
  • 125 ml milk
  • large eggs (beaten)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Tear the doughnuts into pieces and put in a small gratin dish

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  1. Put the sugar and water into a saucepan, and swirl around to help dissolve the sugar before putting the saucepan on the hob over a medium to high heat.
  2. Caramelize the sugar and water mixture by letting it bubble away, without stirring, until it all turns a deep amber color; this will take 3-5 minutes.

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  1. Turn heat down to low and add the cream – ignoring all spluttering – and, whisking away, the milk. Any solid toffee that forms in the pan will dissolve easily if you keep whisking over low heat. Take off the heat and, still whisking, add the beaten eggs.

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  1. Pour the caramel custard over the doughnuts and leave to steep for 10 minutes if the doughnuts are very stale.

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  1. Place in the oven for 20 minutes and then treat yourself! 😉

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Nutella Croissaints


This is a very easy Nutella recipe! If you’re like you and Nutella is one of your loves then this is definitely a recipe for you! 😉

IMG_3144So to do these super easy, quick and I promise delicious Nutella Croissants all you need is:

– 1 puffy pastry package

– Nutella

–  Dark Chocolate Squares

– 1 egg yolk

Directions:

1. Slice the pastry in 8 squares or more if you wish to make tiny croissants.

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2. Place 1 square of dark chocolate and 1 tsp of Nutella on each square.

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IMG_3128IMG_31293. Roll each piece of the pastry from the base to the center of the circle.

4. Place it on a try and spread some egg yolk on each croissant.

IMG_3132IMG_31345. Finally, take it to the oven for about 15 minutes at 180ºC and it’s ready! 😉

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A Christmasis Carrot Cake


So as tradition in my family for Christmas we all get together and celebrate Christmas eve with a home full of love and joy. All branches of the family come together and is such a magical and beautiful fun night! Getting to see relatives we haven’t seen in a while and the feeling of being home, truly home is describable, simply great and it fills up any heart 🙂

Every year we all bring something to help filling up the dinner table. This year I decided to try a Carrot Cake using a recipe given to me this summer by a very nice group of surfer girls who stayed at my house this summer to surf. While there were here they made this delicious Carrot Cake that I had to ask for the recipe! Finally now I got the time and moment to do it so here it is the recipe of a delicious and fairly easy to make Carrot Cake. The only tip I give you straight way is – do not beat the flour into the egg mixture with the electrical mixer, stir it gently with a wire whip. I say this because it cost twice of the ingredients and time since I had to make a second one because the first one didn’t turned out the way I hoped! But oh well it is all about don’t giving up and gladly the second one was just fine, so learning by my mistake, don’t use the electrical mixer for flour, wire whip, wire whip! 🙂

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Ingredients:

Frosting

 Preparation

1. Whip the eggs and sugar together.

2. Mix flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar, cinnamon and ginger. Add them into the egg mixture and stir it with a wire whip.

3. Add the grated carrots.

4. Take it to the oven at 200ºC for about 20 minutes.

5. Mix the soft butter, Philadelphia and powder sugar and spread it over the cake.

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Let the spirit of Christmas live between us not only on Christmas but everyday of our lives because love, share and care is never too much 🙂

Love,

Carolina