Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bundtamonth: Banana & Maraschino Cherry Bomb Bundt

For the month of April this month theme is CHERRY. The group had to incorporate a cook that had cherries or cherry taste or cherry products in it.  I was originally going to make a Cherry 7UP cake with a maraschino cream cheese glaze drizzled on top. Due to my aunt buying a box of bananas and giving me some I decided to make a cake to incorporate bananas.  I needed to make some smoothies and desserts this week to utilize these bananas before they went bad.

Cake Ingredients
-2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
-2 cups sugar
-4 eggs at room temperature
-3 cups sifted all purpose flour sifted ( I use King Arthur Flour)
-3 teaspoons baking powder sifted
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup whole milk
-1 box banana cream pudding
-1 tablespoon banana extract
-3 ripe bananas smashed
-1/2 cup maraschino cherries chopped

Preheat oven 350 Degrees and spray bundt pan with nonstick baking spray
-Mix together butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.
-Add in eggs one at a time.
-In a large bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt.
-Add in flour and milk. Alternatively; starting with flour and ending with flour.
-Mix in banana extract and banana pudding until combined.
-Fold in smashed bananas and maraschino cherries.
-Spoon mixture in prepared bundt pan and smooth out.
-Bake in even for 60 minutes or until toothpick clean from center of the cake.
-Remove cake from pan after 10 minutes and place on cooling rack on top of parchment paper to cool the  remainder of the time.

Maraschino Cherry Glaze
-2 cups sifted powder sugar
-4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
-2 tablespoons melted butter

Combine all ingredients and poor over cooled cake. Enjoy...


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Been Busy...But Still Busy in the Kitchen

I spend my days at work busy on the computer.  Then the kids come home with numerous things for me to do either for them or with them.  Not to mention all the things that I have to get done for myself whether its inside or outside of the house. I have also been doing a lot research on the computer to expand my horizons. By the end of the day I am tired and my eyes are drained. So, by the time all of this is done...who wants to get back on the computer. Not Me.

What I have done for this post is added the pictures of some of the meals and desserts that I have prepared during these times.  Hopefully, by the time the kids get out of school my blogging will be back on track.

Old School Butter Cookies with a New School Twist

Chicken Tenders dipped in Honey BBQ Sauce

Meyer Lemon & Strawberry Tart
Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and an orange.

Homemade Italian Sausage Pizza with Mozzarella Cheese Balls

Pineapple and Rum Bundt with Cream of Coconut Glaze

Crunchy Peanut Butter Muffins

Miami Vice Bundt Cake
Half Strawberry & Half Pina Colada with Rum

Donut Rounds
Half Powder Sugar Glaze and Half Meyer Lemon Glaze

Pancake Cupcakes with Bacon Garnish
I love breakfast...This was fun.

Deep Dish Fudge Brownies
Served with a side of Sweet Red Wine. This is a good combination to end the day right. I don't know of a woman who would disagree.

Brandy Mango Cheesecake
I didn't get a chance to taste this one...but I heard it was a hit.

Thanks to all my followers who read my post and keeping up with my Sweet & Savory Tastings.