Monday, December 1, 2014

Creative Baking

It's my belief that all human beings have a creative urge, and creativity can take many forms. One of mine is baking.

I had leftover homemade cranberry sauce and search the internet high and low for a recipe to use it up. When I couldn't find anything I liked, I made up my own:

Chocolate Cranberry Sauce Banana Bread

2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
4 oz (one stick) of butter at room temperature
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 ripe banana smashed
3/4 cup cranberry sauce
4 oz dark chocolate
1 tbs blackstrap molasses (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
A bit of crystallized brown sugar or white sugar

  • Preheat oven at 350ยบF.
  • Rub the insides of a loaf pan with butter. Drop in some sugar and shake it around to coat the bottom and sides. Shake out the access.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler
  • Mix butter and brown sugar till smooth and creamy.
  • Mix in molasses.
  • Add eggs one by one and blend with electric mixer, fully incorporating each.
  • Add melted chocolate, mix it in.
  • In separate bowl mix flour and baking powder together.
  • Add flour mix to wet ingredients, incorporate fully.
  • Add banana, cranberry and vanilla. Mix.
  • Pour it all into the loaf pan and bake till a tooth pick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let it cool for a bit. When cool enough turn it upside-down—it will smoothly slip out of the pan.
  • Eat plain or with jam, by itself or with coffee, tea. 

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