Monday, September 13, 2010

Apple Banana Bread

1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 bananas, mashed
1 small apple, grated
1 pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven 350 degree. Grease and flour loaf pan.
2. Blend shortening, eggs, sugars and fruit together. Mix salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour together; add to fruit mixture.
3. For Topping: Combine brown sugar, nuts, butter and cinnamon together in saucepan. Cook until sugar dissolves.
4. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and spread on top of bread and return to oven for 10-15 minutes longer.
5. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Fresh Green Beans

Fresh green beans are a wonderful addition to a meal. They are much crisper than canned green beans and you can add a variety of flavors. The following recipe is the way I typically make my green beans.

1lb fresh green beans
3 slices bacon - diced
1 small onion - diced

1. Snap ends off of green beans and discard. Snap into smaller bites it you would like. Rinse green beans.

2. In a medium size sauce pan brown bacon and onions over medium heat.

3. Add green beans and toss to coat all green beans with bacon, onions and bacon grease.
4. Add enough water to cover green beans, reduce heat to low-medium and cover.

5. Cook until desired texture is achieved. We like ours fairly crispy and usually cook for about 15 minutes.
6. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cinnamon Apple Muffins with Crumble Topping

We went and picked apples last weekend. Now we have what seems like a million apples in the house (not that it's a bad thing) and we have had to think of new things to try with apples. Jason decided he would like some muffins, so here is the recipe that we made today and they are yummy,

Muffin Mix
1 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmag
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 apple - peeled, cored and diced

1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cubbed butter

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and line 12 muffin cups with muffin cup paper or grease.
2. Mix together flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmag. Mix in egg, milk, applesauce, and vegetable oil. Fold in apples.
3. Fill muffin cups 1/2 to 3/4 full of mixture.
4. Mix together all ingredients for the filling. Should be similar to a brown sugar butter consistency. Drop 1/2 tablespoon of filling onto the muffins.
5. Prepare the topping - mix together flour, white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add in cubed butter, mix until you have a crumble texture that can be sprinkled onto the muffins.
6. Sprinkle topping onto muffins.
7. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Cool on a cooling rack or serve warm.