Monday, February 19, 2018

Banana Oats (raisins) Mini Breads

Before I even get started with my 'thrifty' recipe...I have some splaining...explaining to do. If it weren't for my awesome 'thrift finds' useful and new...yes new wares because people buy these beautiful wares, keep them around or maybe use them once, and they donate it to Goodwill! I adore these mini loaf pans and they have become so useful, especially during the holiday when I can make my quick breads and give some out as gifts to friends!
As a matter of fact, everything here in this photo is a 'thrift find'...except of course is the yummy Banana Oats Mini Breads! The mini loaf pans, the round table mat, and the pretty 'milk glass plate'...all for the use of taking photos for my blog...yesss! As for the price on these would not believe, because they are 'dirt cheap'. Goodwill Industries in our area in West Palm Beach has a huge donation every single day, and a tremendous turnover. From simple every day folks to the wealthiest people pull up in their Lexus and Jaguars, shop there!

Getting back to the Banana Oats Mini Breads...there isn't a day that I don't have bananas hanging around in my fruit bowl...if not, I run out the next day to get some. They get overripe so quickly and I make sure I use them up or freeze them, so I'm actually never without them. As for the recipe, I just did my basic quick bread, and figured out the rest this time with 4 ripe bananas!

Banana Oats (raisins) Mini Breads

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup Quaker Quick Cooking Oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 whole large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup cane sugar
4 ripe bananas
1 cup raisins, or any other dried fruits (optional)

In a large bowl, add the flour, the oats, baking powder, baking soda, the salt, cinnamon powder and stir together. In a smaller bowl, mash the bananas, add the oil, the eggs, brown sugar, cane sugar. Stir to mix by hand with a wooden spoon, and beat lightly with a whip for a few minutes until they are well combined. (Do not over whip!)

Spray Mini Loaf Pans, or 1 regular Loaf Pans with cooking spray and spoon to 3/4 full. Sprinkle the Oats Streusel (optional) on top and bake. Cool for 15 minutes and turn out. They will slide out easily!
Baking temperature time for both type of loaf pans:
For Mini Loaves...350 degrees for 20 min. and an additional 15-20 min. on 325
For large loaf pans...350 degrees for the first 30 min. and additional 25-30 min. on 325 degrees. (these timings and temperatures are 'tried and true' and never fails)

Streusel Oats Topping

1/2 cup butter, or vegan butter (for dairy free)
1 cup light light brown sugar
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a medium mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the butter.
Cut butter into mixture with pastry blender, and mix together until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Spread crumbs with a small teaspoon evenly on top of the Banana Oat Breads, and bake according to time and oven temperature!

Note: I noticed other Streusel Oats recipes that do not recommend quick cooking oats...well, that's not so true! I do have both type of Quaker Oats, Old fashioned, and Quick cooking. I buy both kind, especially when it's buy one...get one free in our supermarket! I save the Old fashioned oats for crunchy oatmeal cookies, or cook for breakfast!

Last but not least: I have been photographing my foods with my Android Samsung Cell Phone camera for the last 2 years...rarely use my regular Nikon camera which I paid for over $400. five years ago. I thought myself to learn how to take food photos back in the days when I started with my food blog along with my flood blog friends. Now days practically no one drags along their real camera to take picture anywhere...unless you are a pro, and set out to take some real serious photos!

Last: Lesson think that I was gonna stop blogging until I buy a more expensive up-to-date camera; no way!

Have a nice week ahead my friends, please come and visit my blog, I'm still here!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

I must admit, that I have this passion for tomatoes, mostly red ripe tomatoes whether they would be the large beefsteak, the Roma, or the cherry and even more cute little succulent sweet grape tomatoes, which I have used in this recipe for my Roasted Tomatoes, although the recipe I followed was Cherry tomatoes!
The best part of these yummy tomatoes, is that you could roast them in a 'jiffy' at a high temperature whole, in one of your nice ovenware casseroles, especially a clean white ceramic casserole to show it off...from oven, to table. You just have to add some fresh chiffonade cut basils. (chiffonade=a few leaves of basils stacked up and rolled up in cigar fashion, and sliced thin)
What I love about these little beauties, is that you can dip some crusty baguette or rustic Italian bread pieces to dip in and sop up all the juices from the tomatoes, fresh garlic and olive oil, to make it a perfect rustic appetizer. Also, you can combine fresh angel hair spaghetti and it will make a perfect meal with a side salad! Can't brag enough about this amazing roasted tomatoes, so I will just share the recipe with you that I got from Ina Garten...enjoy!

Roasted Cherry (or grape) Tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Toss the tomatoes lightly with olive oil on a sheet pan. Spread them out into one layer and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.
Transfer the tomatoes to a serving platter and sprinkle with basil leaves and sea salt. Serve hot or at room temperature.