Banana Cinnamon Crumb Cake

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This Banana Cinnamon Crumb Cake has become a new favorite around here.  It is super moist and that crumb topping just takes it to a whole new level of delicious!  I think I could sit down and eat the whole pan by myself.  This makes a great breakfast cake, but it’s good for dessert any time too.  It is a great way to use up those bananas that you have sitting around getting a little too ripe. I always bake with bananas that are VERY ripe so that the banana flavor really comes through.  I know you won’t be disappointed if you try these!

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Banana Cinnamon Crumb Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1½ cup mashed ripe bananas (3-4 bananas)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
  • ⅙ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Crumb Topping
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. (Use 350 degrees for a glass pan).
  2. Cream together the sugar, sour cream, egg and softened butter.
  3. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
  4. Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon sugar mixture. Set aside.
  6. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9x13 pan and spread evenly.
  7. Now sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture all over the batter.
  8. Add remaining batter to the pan and spread evenly.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon ingredients.
  10. Cut in the butter until the mixture is the consistency of coarse cornmeal.
  11. Sprinkle the topping over your cake.
  12. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees (or 350 for glass pan) for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. All cake to cool before serving. Enjoy!
Notes
*If you really like a good crumb topping, I would double the ingredients. As written, it makes a very light topping.

 

Homemade Guacamole

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Since we have already established that I really think Mexican food should just have it’s own food group, I thought I would share my favorite recipe for Homemade Guacamole!  This stuff is beyond delicious.  My hubby is usually in charge of making this because I just think his tastes awesome.  Not to mention, I love watching that sexy man in the kitchen.  😉  You need to go and get all the ingredients to make this soon.  Like VERY VERY soon!  You can then come back and thank me!  Believe me, you will.  Yum!

Homemade Guacamole
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 Haas avocados, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded & diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
  • 1.5 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the scooped avacado and the juice from the lime. Toss to coat well.
  2. Drain the lime juice but reserve it for later.
  3. Add the salt, cumin and cayenne pepper and mash well with a potato masher.
  4. Next, fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic. Add in 1 Tbsp of the reserved lime juice.
  5. Taste and add salt if needed.
  6. Let refrigerate for one hour and then serve. If preferred, you can also serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

Recipe inspired by Alton Brown

Pimento Cheese Panini

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Pimento Cheese Panini… say that with me.  Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?  I have to make a confession that for the longest time I wouldn’t touch pimento cheese.  My mom and my husband love it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat it.  Then one day while we were eating at Newk’s, my husband insisted that I try their Pimento Cheese sandwich.  Well, as much as I hated to admit it, I loved it.  Being the foodie that I am, I knew that I had to come home and try to make something similar.  I mean how could you NOT love all the melted cheesy goodness.  My mouth is watering just typing this post and looking at that picture!!

Pimento Cheese Panini
 
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Ingredients
For the Pimento Cheese
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 oz. monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. (or half of 4 oz. jar) diced pimentos, drained
  • ¼ c. mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
For the Panini
  • 2 slices of ciabatta or french bread
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
Instructions
  1. Grate your cheddar cheese and monterey jack cheese and put into a medium size bowl.
  2. Add mayo to the grated cheeses. Then add in the drained diced pimentos and garlic powder.
  3. Mix very well.
  4. Chill for 3-4 hours. This really helps the flavors blend well.
To make the grilled panini...
  1. Heat up your panini maker or skillet on the stove.
  2. Cover one side of each piece of bread lightly with butter.
  3. Spoon and spread pimento cheese spread onto the non-buttered side of bread.
  4. Place butter side of bread face down into the skillet or panini maker.
  5. Place the other piece of bread on top with butter side facing up.
  6. After bottom of sandwich begins to brown, flip over. Grill until both sides are your grilled to your liking.
  7. For a panini style in a skillet, place a heavy pan or saucer on top of the sandwich while it grills to flatter the sandwich.
  8. Enjoy!

 ** I used a low carb bread which is why my sandwich is pretty skinny.  If you want a heavenly sandwich, try using sliced ciabatta or french bread.