Espresso Bread

I usually work on Sundays at a hotel front desk. The nice thing about working in the hospitality industry is that some many people in the biz love to cook. That means if you can catch the TV in break room when no one is watching sports, no one complains about watching The Food Network. Since I got to lunch at 11:30ish, Brunch at Bobby’s is usually on. I saw this recipe and I just knew I needed to cook it up for my sweetheart – Jeremiah.

In case you don’t know, we love going on coffee dates. In fact, our second date and first kiss was at a Starbucks. As hard earned Gold Reward Members, we often go for evening walks to Starbucks. The funniest past is that our barista always calls Jeremiah by name but can never remember mine. Did I mention I normally pay? (Don’t worry ladies – Jeremiah usually pays for our dinner dates.)

This recipe is for all of you who enjoy coffee as much as we do.

IMG_0067Espresso-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso-Cinnamon Butter by Bobby Flay
Bread:
5 T. butter
1 T. instant espresso powder
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
4 ripe bananas
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. brown sugar
1 large egg
3 oz. chocolate chips

Espresso-Cinnamon Butter
1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
2 T. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. instant espresso powder
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt

Spray bread pan with nonstick spray. On the stove top, melt butter in a sauce pan. Then, stir in espresso powder. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.

Using a potato masher, mash bananas in a large bowl. Add sugar, butter mixture, and eggs. Mix in flour. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Let it cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Mix ingredients for butter. Smear on bread and serve.

Notes:
Since I didn’t have instant espresso powder in my pantry, I made a little coffee and added it to the batter. I used coffee grounds in the butter.

Three Ingredient Smoothie

100_1193Some of my friends don’t like to cook with lots of ingredients. This one is for you. It’s a simple and tasty smoothie with just three ingredients. Did you know that eight strawberries pack the power of a day’s worth of Vitamin C? A few strawberries short but the orange juice will help you get there. This simple smoothie is also packed with potassium and folic acid.

Perfect Smoothie from Pinterest
1 banana
1 c. orange juice
6 frozen strawberries

Blend and serve.

Skinny Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oh my goodness, these were so good. I wished I hadn’t halved the recipe.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Raspberry MuffinsSkinny Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins from Pinterest
2 ½ c. whole wheat flour (you can also use half all-purpose and half whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ c. honey (or maple syrup)
½ c. brown sugar
1 c. mashed ripe bananas (2 bananas)
¼ c. Greek yogurt
1 egg, beaten
¾ c. milk
½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ¾ c. fresh (or frozen) raspberries

In a large bowl, mix powder ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk honey and brown sugar. Add banana, yogurt, and eggs. Slowly pour into dry ingredients. Fold together. Add milk. Fold in chocolate chips. Fold in berries. Bake at 325 degrees for 17-18 minutes. Makes 15 muffins.

Sweet bread

I love bread but I never make it from scratch when the recipe requires yeast and kneading dough. But for some reason, banana breads never require yeast. Bananas are also a great substitute for oil. Check out this sweet bread recipe that does just that.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana BreadCinnamon Swirl Bread from Pinterest
1 stick of butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 bananas

Swirl
½ c. sugar
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. cinnamon

Beat together sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture. Fold in bananas. Pour 1/3 of batter into bread pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of swirl mixture. Repeat two more times. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.