Have I mentioned my dear friend Julie? She invited me over for a baking day. I thought, sure, sounds like a blast. We can sit and catch up, bake a little, do some dishes and hang out. Yeah, except I forgot that Julie does nothing by halves. As you can guess by the title, we did very little hanging out and a whole hell of a lot of baking and dishes. She bought $200 worth of supplies for us to bake with at Sam’s Club. This included a bake of Nestle Morsels the size of my pillow. I don’t know where our shared husband Henry gets the energy to keep up with her. The supplies are pictured below:
It was a long, grueling day. We needed a pizza or three at the end just to stop breathing in the sugar. We made 5 or 6 different types of cookies, two types of bark, two types of bread, two types of bars, two types of cheesecake, and one cupcake recipe. There may have been more, but I am attempting to block it. Julie tried to help me keep up with her with a constant supply of blended and iced coffee. She also made a yummy and healthy chicken salad that I now have developed a slight addiction for. It was made out of cubed chicken, craisins, celery, pecans, mayo and a hint of Dijon mustard rub-YUM!
I made some biscotti, on accident, that smelled remarkably like charcoal.
Had to toss that experiment out.
But all in all it was a great day, and I appreciate Julie letting me come over and play in the kitchen all day. I thought I would share one of the recipes that we made, it was just really hard to make a choice. One was the ginger cookie that I shared in a previous post, so that would be silly to redo. I finally decided to share the Hummingbird Bread recipe that Ms. Julie found in a magazine. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, especially since we had to mess around with the recipes as Julie’s family had eaten the bananas she had bought to put in the bread. We substituted maraschino cherries for the bananas and it still turned out. I, personally, think that the bread is awesome enough to stand without either, but you can decide for yourself.
Pineapple Hummingbird Mini Loaves
- 1 packages – yellow cake mix
- 1 packages – vanilla flavor instant pudding, 3.4 oz.
- 4 – eggs
- 1/4 cups – vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoons – ground cinnamon
- 1 cans – Dole crushed pineapple, juice drained, 1 cup reserved
- 2 – medium ripe bananas, well mashed (1 cup)-we used a half a cup of chopped maraschino cherries here
- 1/2 cups – chopped walnuts
Cream Cheese Glaze
- 2 ounces – cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoons – milk
- 1/2 cups – powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Combine cake mix, dry instant pudding, reserved pineapple juice, eggs and oil in large bowl with mixer for 2 minutes, or until blended. Add crushed pineapple, bananas and nuts; mix just until blended.
Cream Cheese Glaze
Drizzle Cream Cheese Glaze over cooled loaves.