Cinnamon Pecan Banana Pancakes

Pancakes are a staple at my house for a weekend breakfast … however, each one of my guys has an opinion of what flavor of pancakes are the best!  I have shared two recipes in the past … Melt In Your Mouth Pancakes and Cornmeal Pancakes.  Today, I’m sharing my favorite … Cinnamon Pecan Banana Pancakes … maybe they should be called Mom’s Favorite Pancakes ;)

Cinnamon Pecan Banana Pancakes

 

I highly recommend these for breakfast on New Year’s Day … start the year off right … with pancakes!

Cinnamon Pecan Banana Pancakes

  • 1-1/4 cups flour (I use unbleached)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (preferably aluminum free)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 to 1-1/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 4 bananas or 1 per person
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  In a small bowl combine egg, oil and 1 cup milk.
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Stir in pecans.  Let batter rest, about 10 minutes while griddle is heating.
  3. Turn on electric griddle to 350°F or medium heat over open flame.
  4. Add milk to pancake batter until desired consistency, about that of cake batter.
  5. Oil/grease griddle if desired.  Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake on preheated griddle.  Cook until bubbles pop and remain open.  Flip and continue cooking until done.   Makes about eight 5″ pancakes.
  6. Serve with sliced banana and warm maple syrup.

mom's favorite pancakes

My family opinion poll …

  • hubby – prefers Melt In Your Mouth, likes Cornmeal, likes Cinnamon Pecan (no banana) Pancakes
  • Son #1 – Only Melt In Your Mouth
  • Son #2 – Only Melt In Your Mouth
  • Son #3 – Only Cornmeal
  • Me – All Pancakes … I think the guys are weird ;)

You may want to check out these options …

Cornmeal pancakes

 

Cornmeal Pancakes

Pancakes that will melt in your mouth

 

Pancakes That Will Melt in Your Mouth

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Summer – Part 3 …Tiki Huts and my contribution to Shark Week

Do you remember Summer – Parts 1 and 2, we sailed to the sweet place of Sugar Island

Candy pretzel palm trees

It only makes sense that lodging on Sugar Island would be in Tiki Huts made from candy …

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Would you prefer to stay in one of those exotic fancy dancy huts that is perched above the water …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tiki Huts

I have never stayed in a hut, have you?  Do they have modern plumbing … like bathrooms?

This what you will need to build your own candy hut …

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  • Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
  • Graham Crackers
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Blue Piping Gel
  • Candy flower sprinkles
  • Small paint brush (food safe)

To make the Tiki Huts …

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  1. Melt about half of the bag of PB chips in the microwave.  Mine was very thick and I added some paramount crystals (you could also use vegetable oil or shortening).  Place a dot of melted PB chips on one Mini PB cup (small side up).
  2. Place a Kiss on top of Mini  PB cup, let it sit a moment to harden up.
  3. Use the paint brush to cover the Kiss with the melted PB chips and chill or let harden.  I like the brush strokes, it creates texture!

To make the graham crackers island and water, follow the same steps as when we made sailboats and palm trees …

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  • Smear melted white candy on graham cracker, sprinkle cinnamon/sugar, add a Tiki Hut (or 2), add a few flowers, let harden!

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  • Smear melted white candy on graham cracker, chill for a few minutes, smear blue piping gel, add a Tiki Hut (or 2, or 3)!

Oh … my contribution to Shark Week …

 

As you can see from the photo above … these are shark free waters!   This is a shark free blog … as I mentioned in the past … Jaws scared me for life ;)

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Summer – Part 2 … Tropical Island

Summer continued …

The S.S. Sweet Sailboat has reached its destination and I didn’t fall overboard once!

Candy pretzel palm trees

Yeah, I know it’s kind of silly … Sugar Island!  That’s what I do … make sweet and silly stuff :)

To make 12 islands, you will need …

  • 12 square graham crackers
  • 12 short (3″) pretzel rods (such as Snyder’s)
  • 4 ounces melted white candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • 12 small green Laffy Taffy candies (you may be able to use 6 – see #1 below)

Let’s get started …

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  1. Get pretzels ready … no broken ones ;)
  2. I cut each piece of taffy into 5 pieces and formed each piece into leaf/triangle shapes.  I believe it works better if you cut smaller pieces (about 10 pieces per candy) and flatten them out … which will result in thinner leaves.
  3. Arrange the leaves on one end of the pretzel … you will need to press the taffy to make it stick to the pretzel.

Now for the sandy island …

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  1. Make the sand – Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. Spread some melted white candy over a graham cracker.
  3. Cover the melted candy with the sugar mixture and chill for a few minutes.
  4. Pour excess sugar mixture back into the bowl.
  5. While the graham cracker is still cold – attach palm tree by dipping base into melted candy, hold in place, sprinkle more sugar on melted candy … hold still until palm tree is attached.  Shake extra sugar back into bowl.

Carrot Cake Recipe

This wedding cake kept me pretty busy last week.  Out of all the wedding cakes that I have made … this is probably my favorite.  It was inspired by a photo from the Wedding Chicks (Rustic Wedding Ideas).

I am not a professional cake maker and don’t claim to be one.  I make wedding cakes only for family and friends (if they want it) … since I’ve known the groom for about 25 years and he made an excellent choice for a bride … they qualified :)  They are such a cute couple!

We all have things that we enjoy or have a talent to do well … writing is not my mine … as you can probably tell ;)  I was that kid in school that dreaded creative writing.  If the teacher gave an assignment to write a 100 word essay … I was counting every word until I reached 100 words and felt relief when I reached it!

What I did enjoy was math, working with numbers!  Here are a few numbers that you may enjoy …

  • This wedding cake should serve 140 people
  • 2 tiers were chocolate with raspberry filling, 1 tier was white with raspberry filling and 1 tier was carrot with cream cheese filling
  • For the cakes …I used 31 eggs, 7 cups canola oil, 7 cups shredded carrots, 2-1/2 cups walnuts, 5 cups sugar, 5 cups flour, 2-1/2 cups raisins, 2-1/2 cups pineapple, 2-1/2 teaspoons salt, 5 teaspoons cinnamon, 5 teaspoons baking soda, 7 cake mixes and water
  • For the frosting … I made 8 recipes of my Favorite Decorator Icing … 4 pounds butter, 8 pounds powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, 4 tablespoons meringue powder, 8 teaspoons? (I didn’t measure … just poured) vanilla bean paste and about 3 cups heavy cream
  • For the fillings … 2 recipes Cream Cheese Icing … 1 pound cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, 2 pounds powdered sugar.  For the raspberry filling … I bought 3 pounds at my local cake shop … I was tired!

I also enjoy baking … so here is the carrot cake recipe that was given to me years ago by my friend, Jane.

Carrot Cake

  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup raisins*
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour pan. (9″x13″ pan or 2-8″ round pans)
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat oil, sugar and eggs together well.
  3. In a separate bowl sift or whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.  Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and beat together.
  4. Add carrots, raisins, pineapple, nuts and beat in by hand.
  5. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40-50 minutes for 9″x13″  or 30-40 minutes for 8″.
  6. Cool completely and frost with Cream Cheese Icing

* Helpful Hint – toss the raisins in a teaspoon of flour before adding them to the batter, it will help them from sinking

I look forward to your comments!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

There are some things in life that I am sure of, like …

  • The hubby likes chewy oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Son #1 likes oatmeal cookies … chewy or crispy … without raisins
  • Son #2 does not like oatmeal cookies at all
  • Son #3 likes crispy oatmeal raisin cookies … until yesterday, when he told me that he likes them crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside!

Do they think I’m running a custom baking service?

Do they realize that I cannot make everyone happy … all of the time!

Should I take special orders?

Maybe just bake to order?

Or …

Just bake … if they like it, great … if not, oh well!

Somehow, every cookie does get eaten :)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

(adapted from Quaker Oats)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Quick Oats (or old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; mix well.
  4. Add oats and raisins; mix well.
  5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 1-2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.  Cool completely.  Store tightly covered.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

How do you like your oatmeal cookies, chewy or crispy?  I ♥ your comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puff Pastry Rose Pops

I am so forgetful sometimes … let me tell you what I did this morning.  I wash and dry my jeans wrong side out … I heard that it helps with fading.  I usually turn them right side out when I put the laundry away … but I didn’t this past time … no big deal … right?   This morning when I got dressed, I put my jeans on … two legs in … pulled up … and I tried to button and zip, which didn’t work … then I looked down … I forgot to turn them right side out!  I could be loosing it … if I ever had it!

Anyway … the point of my story is … while checking out other blogs this morning … I remembered that I wanted to make these Puff Pastry Rose Pops … I almost forgot!  Check out Nifty Thrifty Things … it is because of her that I remembered!

Puff pastry is my friend … a truly wonderful invention … that is so conveniently available in the freezer section at the grocery store!  Just let it thaw and use it for making appetizers, main dishes, desserts or … rose pops … just in time for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day or just to say Thank You.

This is all that you will need … puff pastry, cinnamon, colored sugar, parchment paper and lollipop sticks …

Let a sheet of puff pastry thaw on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with cinnamon and colored sugar …

Roll it up …

Slice into 1-inch pieces …

Insert lollipop sticks and bake …

Make some paper leaves with messages on them and tie them on the sticks …

Easy peasy … now how about making some with different colors of sugar?

Puff Pastry Rose Pops

Frozen puff pastry – thawed
Colored sugar (start with 1 tablespoon per sheet and add more if you like)
Cinnamon (start with 1 teaspoon per sheet and add more if you like)
Lollipop Sticks (or wooden sticks)
  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Place sheets of puff pastry on parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Sprinkle the pastry with cinnamon and colored sugar.
  • Roll it up into a log.
  • Use a sharp knife and cut into 1-inch slices (8-9 slices per log)
  • Insert a lollipop stick into each slice … but do not let it come out the top!
  • Bake on parchment lined baking sheet for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool completely and tie paper leaves on sticks if desired.

I am looking forward to your comments !

   Deanna sent a pic of her roses … they look so nice in the vase :)

 

King Cake … and I am happy that I don’t own a bread machine!

The real name for this creation should be My Super Simple Easy Peasy Totally Cheater Faux King Cake. 

First of all, this really isn’t a recipe … it’s more like a confession …

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, which we (my family) really don’t celebrate … but this year I was feeling the need to participate (in a very small way) in this New Orleans tradition.  Let me explain …

  • Yesterday I received a text message from a friend, who’s originally from New Orleans, wishing me a Happy Mardi Gras.   Later the same “friend?” let me know that they would drink a few Hurricanes in my honor.
  • Monday, Liz from Hoosier Homemade made some beautiful cinnamon rolls (I am still drooling) using her bread machine.  While reading her recipe, I started to regret getting rid of my bread machine.
  • While grocery shopping yesterday, I decided to pick up a tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and make my Fake King Cake.
  • Last night, I made the Fake King Cake and ate two of cinnamon rolls even though I knew they were not as good as homemade.
  • Therefore, I am very happy that I gave my bread machine to a family that could use it … and I am not making eating cinnamon rolls on a regular basis.

So here are the directions for My Super Simple Easy Peasy Totally Cheater Faux King Cake.  This is so easy that I’m just giving you the photos …

  Supplies

  Assemble & bake

  Transfer to a plate

  Frost

  Sprinkle with sugar

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