Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Best Ever Banana Bread!

Yummy, Homemade Banana Bread!
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! I sure do have a lot to be thankful for in 2011. Tomorrow my house will be filled with family, food and LOVE! 

For nearly 20 years, I've been baking a Banana Bread for Thanksgiving dinner. I've been cleaning my house(for days) and grocery shopping(with a list). did I happen to be "sugar short"? My recipe calls for a cup and a half (groan), and I have only 3/4 of a cup!! Well, after a minor melt-down...I decided to try subbing the remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup light brown sugar. IT WORKED!!
 Here is the delicious revised Banana Bread.

This is what you want your bananas to look like.

Here we go..mixing the flour with the granulated and light brown sugar!

Canola oil...


 Love the Moist-iness that the yummy buttermilk adds to the bread...
When my bananas reach the perfect ripeness, I put them in the refrigerator till I'm ready to bake. 

 Whoo hoo! Looks like baby food!

I usually dust with sugar instead of flour when I grease my cake pans. But, since I'm "sugar short".....

 Ready to bake.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Roasted Pecan Clusters

These are Amazing! I found this recipe in a Southern Living cookbook many years ago and they were an instant family favorite. I make several batches throughout the year, but especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You're gonna love 'em!
These are Super Simple & Super Delicious!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dr. Seuss Cupcakes!

Green Eggs & Ham Cupcakes! My grandson wanted a Dr. Seuss birthday I got busy in the kitchen :o)

 Just make your favorite cupcakes. I went the easy route with Pillsbury cake mix.
 This is my first time working with fondant. I couldn't believe how easy it was. I used a package of white and a package of  bright colors. 
 I pinched off what I needed, then covered the rest so it wouldn't dry out. Sooo much fun!
 Sprinkle cornstarch on your rolling/cutting surface. I love the Wilton fondant roller.
 Here we go....
 Ice your cupcake...
 Then with a cookie cutter sized to match the top of the cupcake, cut out a fondant circle. Place the fondant circle in your palm, turn the cupcake over and gently press.
 Now just smooth the fondant with your palm. I then used a slightly damp paper towel to dust off the cornstarch. 
 Yay! We did it!
 For the egg I rolled an uneven ball of white fondant smooth. Then I rolled a smaller uneven ball smooth right on top of the "egg". Use your round cookie cutter making sure the "yolk" is in the center when you cut it. 

These turned out cute...and even better, they were so easy!

Having a GREAT time in Sugartown Sweets kitchen!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My 2nd Post! Pretty in Pink Birthday Cookies

I knew I wanted to make something special for my sister-in-law's birthday this weekend. Bakerella  and Bake at 350 are two of my favorite blogs. Well, when I saw these adorable Posie Cake cookies on "Bake at 350", I knew I had to try them! With the pretty colors and simple lines, to me, they are the perfect cookie! :o)