Quick Bread, Banana meets Cranberry

Holiday Cran-Pecan Banana Bread   

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar (orange sugar*)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, cut in halves
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

Method:

Grease two 7 3/8” x 3 5/8” x 2 ¼” metal pans. Preheat oven to 350F.

Peel bananas and break pieces into the bowl of a food processor.  Blitz until smooth.  Add sugar and blend, followed by cooled melted butter and eggs.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda until combined.  Remove half a cup of dry ingredients and mix with cranberries and pecans.

Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.  Stir by hand.  Add cran-pecan mixture to batter and fold until well mixed.

Divide the batter between the two loaf pans.  Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes.

Cool for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pans.  Finish cooling loaves on a rack.

orange-sugar

 

* Whenever I eat an orange I zest it and blitz the zest with 2 cups of sugar in a food processor and keep the resulting orange sugar in my refrigerator to use in baked goods.

 

 

Love my kitty-cats

Lightning decided to let me take a lovely face shot.

Thunder only wanted to look outside by peaking through the lace curtains.

Kitty-Corner kitty cats: Lightning under the piano & Thunder lower left.

(Can not manage to teach my girls they should let me have the sun behind me when I take a photo, so I just shoot straight into the sun.)

Chicken Soup

… be it for the soul or for the body, or maybe just for the warmth and aroma.soup

It may look a bit more like beef broth than chicken as I decided to use some “forbidden rice” which added an extra depth of color.  I guess I could have/should have rinsed the black rice but to me that means washing about nutrients.

However, whatever, I have a good number of hearty bowls of low sodium/low cal goodness ahead of me this week.

Besides the forbidden rice I used arborio rice, & whole wheat orzo, carrots & celery – plenty of onion powder, ground rosemary, a couple pinches of ground pepper and paprika, and oodles of torn chicken meat.

Thankful

My husband had tree 2a health scare in November 2013. After 11 days in hospital he was back home. We had a quiet Thanksgiving and Christmas. I put up a fair amount of Christmas decorations and on the 5th day of Christmas had a little party. Around 25 friends came by.  We are now at the end of Christmastide. Taking down the decorations? Maybe I will postpone for a while yet.