Pineapple Banana Bread

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 Instead of just making banana bread why not make banana, pineapple and coconut bread. This is a quick bread you can make with canned pineapple, some shredded coconut and some rotten looking over-ripe bananas. It is moist and delicious because of the fruit and extra virgin olive oil. You can feel good about giving your family a treat that has many good ingredients contained in it. It can be topped with cream cheese icing, a simple glaze like I have made or nothing at all!

You will need:

  • 3 mashed ripe bananas = 1 cup
  • 1/3 cup mild fruity olive oil – I used Amelia Extra Virgin Olive Oil- from Umbria
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp real vanilla
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple – I used canned and drained about 2 tbsp liquid for the glaze
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Glaze

  • 2-3 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup icing sugar -I just keep adding icing sugar until I get a nice thick glaze

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Step 1: this is an easy recipe. The wet ingredients are mixed in a blender and then poured into the dry. Start with the bananas added to the blender to puree.

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Step 2: add the olive oil, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and pineapple. If you are using canned pineapple you can pour off 2 tbsp of the liquid to make the glaze later. Blend until smooth (30 seconds)

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Step 3: butter and flour a loaf pan.

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Step 4: in a large bowl add all dry ingredients (except coconut) and combine with a whisk.

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Step 5: pour in the wet ingredients and gently stir with the whisk until just incorporated. Don’t beat the batter or stir too hard or too long or you will have a tough, dense cake.

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Step 6: gently mix/stir in the coconut until just incorporated.

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Step 7: pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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once baked allow to cool 15 minutes in the pan before removing to a cooling rack.

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once completely cooled pour over the glaze you made by just adding icing sugar to the reserved pineapple juice until it is as thick as you like.

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It is moist and dense and delicious.

Banana Cinnamon Rolls – Makes 6 rolls!

 

 

 

These are lovely soft yeast cinnamon buns with banana right in the dough. They are sticky and not too sweet with a slight banana flavour.  The best part is that they are a half batch which is perfect for a small group. So even if there are just two this is a nice recipe to make. Makes 6 rolls.

 

You will need:

  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/4 cup = 1/2 a stick unsalted butter – room temperature/soft
  • 2 small bananas – squished with a fork (makes about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Filling

  • 1/4 cup (the other half of the stick of butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup and a few drops of water if necessary

OR

  • save 2 tbsp of filling and brush tops with a bit of melted butter  and dip or sprinkle extra cinnamon sugar on tops.

 

I always gather all my ingredients so that I don’t forget something.

 

 

Step 1: in a small measuring cup heat milk and honey 25 seconds in microwave. Place into a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add yeast and mix a few times. Let stand for 5 minutes to make sure yeast is activated.

 

 

Step 2: add egg, sour cream, bananas and vanilla. Mix for a few seconds. Add softened butter and mix again.

 

 

Step 3: add  1 cup of  flour and salt. Mix well.

 

 

Step 4: add 2nd cup of flour (reserving last 1/4 cup for the counter) Mix well.

 

 

Step 5: add the last 1/4 cup to the counter and turn out dough on to counter. Mix well. If you don’t need all the flour don’t use it all. You want to add enough flour so the dough is no longer sticky to the touch. The dough is a lovely soft dough when done.

 

 

Step 6: add to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 2 – 2 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.

 

 

Step 7: to prepare cinnamon filling place sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix. Leave the remaining 1/2 stick of butter in wrapper on counter until dough rises.

 

 

If you want to make a glaze then add icing sugar and maple syrup to a small bowl and mix. If you need to add a couple of drops of water to make it a thick but pourable consistency. (Cover with plastic and set aside.)

 

 

Step 8: once dough has doubled in size. Place a bit of flour on counter and turn out dough.

 

 

Step 9: gently roll out dough to a rectangle mine was 14 inches x 12 inches. Smear the butter over the entire surface of the dough. Sprinkle all the sugar except 2 tbsp evenly.

 

 

Step 10: roll up and slice in half. Then slice each half into 3.

 

 

Carefully place each section into a buttered large muffin tin or silicone tray.

 

 

Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour until doubled.

 

 

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20-22 minutes. Remove and let cool in pan.

 

 

brush with a bit of melted butter and sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar.

 

 

finish with glaze! EAT  while still warm. They are soft and fluffy and not too sweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Rum Brownies

 

 

I wanted to make some brownies that were a bit different from the same old and so I decided to add some bananas and rum because they always go well with chocolate and these brownies were the result. A rich chocolate cake with chewy bites of banana and a slight undertone of rum.

 

You will need:

  • 3 tbsp rum
  • 1 small banana – chopped in small dice
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup ) chopped unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil – I used Lucero chocolate Olive oil – but you can use any fruity oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips to top (optional)

 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F

 

Step 1: in a 9 inch square pan butter sides and add a sheet of parchment paper for easy removal. Butter and flour all sides of the parchment well, tapping out excess flour. Set aside.

 

 

Step 2: chop a ripe banana and add to rum – I have made vanilla rum by splitting vanilla beans into my rum but, any rum will work fine.

 

 

Step 3: in a small bowl add semi-sweet chocolate and butter pieces. Melt in microwave for 40 seconds, stir and melt another 20. Remove from microwave and stir until most of the chocolate has melted.

 

 

Step 4: add chocolate, brown sugar and olive oil to a large bowl, Mix well. Add eggs and mix well again.

 

 

Step 5: add flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, bananas and rum. Mix well.

 

 

Step 6: pour into prepared pan and top with chocolate chips (or you could add some nuts if you prefer)  Bake exactly 30 minutes to get a nice brownie with a bit of a gooey center.

 

 

Let cool then you can lift out brownies with parchment paper and slice.

 

Fruit and Ricotta Crostini

 

 

I love these for a breakfast or lunch. You can use a larger Italian bread sliced for larger pieces or simply as I have with a French baguette. I lightly toast these in a toaster or pan and spread on some creamy ricotta cheese, place a few pieces of soft fruit and drizzle with honey. Simple and delish!

 

You will need:

 

  • some slices of bread (French baguette or Italian bread or any rustic country type bread)
  • some soft fruit like pears, strawberries, raspberries or figs etc…
  • ricotta cheese
  • honey
  • optional: add some nuts like walnuts or pecans

 

Step 1: slice some bread and toast it lightly

 

Step 2: slice some fruit like pears, strawberries or figs

 

 

Assemble: bread, cheese, fruit. honey, nuts… a big mug of hot tea and EAT!

 

 

 

 

Coconut Banana Bread and Cookies

This is a recipe that can be made into a Coconut Banana Bread or you can chill the dough and use it to make Soft Coconut Banana Cookies. 
The next time you have a few over ripe bananas don’t throw them away, make a quick bread. 
It freezes well and lasts for days wrapped on your counter. 
You will need:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted  butter- 1 stick at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla or rum
  • 1/2 cup dates- chopped fine (approx 6)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 small bananas- squished makes 1 1/2 cups
This makes 2 perfect little loaves (5 1/2 inch tins) or 1 regular loaf pan.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Step 1: I like to gather all my ingredients and measure out everything before starting. This way I do not miss any ingredients.

Step 2: start by mixing the butter and sugars with a hand mixer. Make sure all lumps are broken up from the brown sugar. It will take 2-3 minutes.If you prefer, you can easily reduce the sugars to 1/4 cup each because there is lots of sweetness from the dates and the ripeness of your bananas.
Step 3: add egg and vanilla or rum. I used my homemade vanilla extract made in rum. I think the bananas and the coconut and rum make it very tropical. Mix until smooth.
Step 4: mash bananas with a fork.
Step 5: mix in bananas, dates and coconut
Step 6: in a small bowl add dry ingredients: oats, flour,baking soda, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Briefly mix all dry ingredients into wet until just incorporated.
If you want to make cookies, then put this dough into the fridge for at least 1/2-1 hour. This will make the butter cold again and the cookies will not spread as much.
Once they have chilled you can scoop them with a small ice cream scoop or 2 small spoons onto parchment paper or Silpat silicone sheet to bake 12 minutes. I added a bit of coconut to the tops. 
Once cooled remove with a spatula. They are soft like a little cake. 
It makes a soft, little cookie or…
You can bake this into 2 small buttered and floured loaf pans for approx 35-40 minutes or when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If your loaf is getting too browned loosely drape some foil over the top. The high sugar content can brown the cake quickly. If your oven tends to bake hot then set heat to 350 degrees instead of 375.
A sweet bite for a coffee break.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie with Rum Cream

This pie is decadent!
It’s coconut custard with a bottom layer of caramelized bananas and just a breath of chocolate on the crust. Then it is all topped off with rum whipped cream and toasted coconut.
There are lots of steps but you can make the pie one day and them top and serve the following. 
You will Need:
Crust
  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 6 tbsp butter- melted
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
Chocolate Layer
  • 1/3 cup melted chocolate
Banana Layer
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 sliced bananas
  • 2 tbsp rum (I used my homemade rum infused with vanilla beans- see other post on how to make)
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
Coconut Filling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp minute tapioca
  • pinch salt
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 egg yolks (save and freeze the whites!)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (any kind you like)
Rum Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream (this is the smallest sized container)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • 1 tbsp powdered milk (this will stabilize the whipped cream- you don’t have to use it if you plan on eating the pie right away but it is helpful if you want pie to keep a day or two after)
* you also need a removable bottom tart pan or a glass pie plate.
Step 1: I like to line a removable tart pan with parchment paper. I just fold over the extra paper and place back in the tin. You do not need to do this however, it allows you to easily slide the entire pie off of the bottom once its chilled and ready to serve. I can then put it on a serving platter and not worry about cutting the slices on my pan.
Step 2: prepare crust in a medium bowl. Add graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, melted butter and sugar. Mix until resembles wet sand.
Step 3: press into pan using a measuring cup -this makes a nice smooth even crust.
Step 4: Carefully lift pie by the sides of the pan (or the crust will fall out!) and put onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes until the butter melts and the crust sets. Remove and set aside.
Step 5: melt any good quality chopped dark chocolate in a small bowl which will entirely cover a pot of simmering water. Do not let any water get into the chocolate or it will seize up and not get liquid. You can also melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments. I stir after each 20 seconds until liquid. This amount takes about 3or4  20 second increments in the microwave to melt completely. This method avoids cooking it too quickly in the microwave and burning.
Step 6: pour liquid on crust and use a small spatula to spread it evenly. It should be a very small amount to just barely taste at the bottom of the pie. Once it cools it will harden. This layer also prevents the crust from getting soggy once the bananas are put on.
Step 7: prepare the banana layer. Slice bananas (not too ripe) and measure ingredients. In a saute pan melt butter and brown sugar until sugar has dissolved. Add rum and bananas. Toss to coat and remove from heat.
Step 8: pour evenly over the chocolate layer on crust. Tilt pan to allow the liquid to evenly coat into the corners.
Step 9: prepare coconut custard filling. In a heavy pot add sugar. cornstarch, minute tapioca, salt. Turn on heat to medium and add coconut milk, egg yolks. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Once it boils it will thicken. This may take 4-5 minutes do not walk away and leave it. Once it boils cook 30 seconds and remove from heat. Add butter, shredded coconut, vanilla and coconut extracts.
Step 10: pour on to crust and spread evenly. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of hot custard and let cool to room temperature. Cool completely in fridge at least 5 hours -or you can leave it to serve the following day.
Step 11: once the pie has cooled. Lift removable bottom from sides and unfold the parchment paper. Carefully loosen bottom from paper with a spatula knife and slide onto serving platter.
Step 12: whip cream with sugar(I used my homemade vanilla sugar), powdered milk and rum until stiff enough to make a peak. The dry milk will stabilize the cream. 
Step 13: toast a few tbsp coconut in a pan on stove (watch it- it will burn!) If you have a fresh coconut this is the place the make some nice curls with a peeler and toast.
Slather on the cream, top with the toasted coconut and serve.
One bite lets you know it was worth every bit of effort!