De and Mi

Sharing recipes with busy mom's who want delicious, "mom-tested" recipes

Banana Nutella Bread January 6, 2012

Filed under: Cookies and Deserts,Uncategorized — De and Mi @ 7:25 pm

Banana-Nutella Bread

Found a great recipe on Barbara Bakes website http://barbarabakes.com for banana bread with a twist – swirls of Nutella throughout. Tested mini loaves and found that my oven required an additional 10 minutes, so be sure to test for doneness.

Prepare pans:  Well oil 4 mini loaf pans. Place a piece of waxed paper or parchment in the bottom of each pan.

Ingredients

1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3 small)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup melted butter

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup Nutella

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until well blended. In a separate bowl combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add flour mixture to banana mixture, stirring just until moistened.

For 4 mini-loaves; divide 1/2 of batter between 4 mini pans. Spoon dollops of 1/2 of the Nutella, swirl a bit, cover with remaining batter, add dollops of remaining Nutella, swirl again.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Cool completely before serving.

Enjoy,

Mi

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www.gojee.com December 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — De and Mi @ 8:16 pm

These bloggers designed a completely additive site. Simply enter ingredients you have on hand, what you dislike and what your are craving to get a list of recipes along with beautiful photography.

 

Popovers August 17, 2011

Filed under: Side Dish,Uncategorized — De and Mi @ 4:39 pm

Recipe Review:  I’ve tried many popover recipes. This one from Williams Sonoma gives me the best results – especially when served with honey, walnut butter. Yum!  This recipe makes 12 popovers, so you either need two pans (I use two Willams Sonoma pans) or  let the pans cool after the first batch is finished baking and repeat process. 

Ingredients
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
6 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, then whisk in 2 Tablespoons of the melted butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt, then whisk in the egg mixture. Whisk vigorously until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Spray the wells of a standard 6-cup popover pan with non-stick cooking spreay. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of the melted butter into each cup. Divide the batter amoung the prepared cups and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and invert pan onto wire rack.

Enjoy! Mi

 

Homemade Pizza Dough January 12, 2011

Filed under: Italian,Main Dish — De and Mi @ 10:39 pm

The following pizza dough recipe was included with the pizza stone the kids bought their dad for Father’s Day. I have made it many times per the recipe but tonight I “tweaked” it by using the KitchenAid with the hook attachment and it worked out beautifully; I saved about 5 minutes of kneading time. My “tweaks” are in italics.

Makes approximately two 8″ x 12″ pizzas
Ingredients
2 teaspoons dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Stand Mixer Directions
1. Combine yeast, salt and sifted flour in large bowl (mixing bowl)
2. (Turn on mixer and) Gradually stir in water and oil until wet and dry ingredients are combined
3. Turn the dough onto floured surface; knead about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic (knead with KitchenAid hook attachment for about 3 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic)
4. Place dough in large greased bowl and cover with damp towel. Place in warm place until dough has doubled in size, about 30 minutes (I put the bowl in a sink with warm water – about 1/3 way up the bowl and cover with towel)
5. Turn dough onto floured surface, knead until smooth
6. Divide dough into 2 parts
7. Mold pizza dough to required size and place on flat floured pizza stone (or favorite pizza pan)
8. Assemble the pizza with your favorite topping
9. Bake pizza to desired doneness
De

Food Processor Directions
I don’t have a stand mixer, so I tried using my food processor to make the dough and it worked great. Use the ingredients above and directions that follow:

1. Combine yeast, salt and sifted flour in food processor bowl by pulsing.
2. Turn on food processor and gradually add water and oil though tube until wet and dry ingredients are combined and cleans sides of bowl.
3. Process 1 minute
4. Place dough in large greased bowl and cover with damp towel. Place in warm place until dough has doubled in size, about 30 minutes (I put the bowl in a sink with warm water – about 1/3 way up the bowl and cover with towel)
5. Turn dough onto floured surface, knead until smooth
6. Divide dough into 2 parts
7. Mold pizza dough to required size and place on flat floured pizza stone (or favorite pizza pan)
8. Assemble the pizza with your favorite topping
9. Bake pizza to desired doneness
Mi

 

What are some good pre-game meals and snacks? January 11, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — De and Mi @ 7:59 pm

We both have kids who are active in sports year round. One is a diabetic. One thing we struggle with is making sure that they have nutritional meals and snacks that help them perform their best mentally and physically. We have ideas, but want to know, “What do you do?”

 

More Entertaining Hints November 29, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — De and Mi @ 3:12 pm

Our Thanksgiving dinner went off without a hitch. All twelve guests contributed to the meal – which meant less work for me. But I do have a couple of hints that might help you can spend your time celebrating with the people you love!

1. Try not to leave too much to the last minute. Dressing a salad making the punch, or grilling part of the meal are easy to handle once your guests arrive, but you’ll be flustered if you have too many loose ends to tie up after your guests arrive.
2. Be sure your table is set and appetizers are prepared at least 15 minutes before you expect your guests to arrive. If this is a weekday event, consider setting the table and arranging the flowers the night before.
3. Lay out serving pieces and utensils ahead of time so you won’t be hunting for a serving spoon or infrequently used bowl instead of chatting with guests.

Relax and enjoy your party! With a group of good friends and some delicious recipes, you’ll enjoy the event as much as your guests do.

 

Organize and Celebrate Thanksgiving! November 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — De and Mi @ 5:26 pm

The holidays are almost here, but there’s still time to get organized! Here’s a few ways to ways to be ready for your Thanksgiving celebration. Start now so that next week, you can spend your time doing what’s really important – celebrating with the people you love!

  1. Plan your menu based on the number of guests, the mood you’d like to create and complimentary foods that work well together.
  2. Include enough do-aheads to ensure you don’t get stuck in the kitchen.
  3. Find and copy possible recipes. Go back to favorites as well as recipes you’ve been meaning to try. Look though cookbooks and food web sites. Keep the likes and dislikes of your guests in mind.
  4. Save those recipes in a binder.
  5. Finalize your menu to help you plan your shopping list.
  6. Read through recipes, check staples you have on hand and record what you need to buy on a Shopping List. You may want to plan two shopping trips – one to purchase non-perishables and a second just a day or so before your party to purchase perishables.
  7. Don’t be afraid to complement your menu with store-bought items.
  8. Determine wines, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Include them in your plan and on your shopping list. Consider cocktails that can be made in larger quantities demand little attention once on the bar.