After a week with my parents and sister (and without hubs) and then a kinda weird day at the office where I am only helping to train instead of doing "my job" (and i don't have a desk or computer anymore!) I was ready to get some baking therapy.
The Brrr-ownies came first so I could let the ingredients for the banana cake come to room temp. I had read lots about peppermint patty craters in the tops and brownies sticking to the foil, so to remedy those issues, I popped the peppermint patties in the freezer for about 15 minutes before chopping and adding them to the mix so they wouldn't become overly melty, and I was extra careful to super-grease my foil. I really think these came out perfectly! Super fudgy and rich but with a lovely cool sensation. joy in my heart! Hubs isn't home yet, but I think he will love these :)
Then came the banana cake. I had some toasted coconut in the freezer as well as some dried cherries, so I used those, and I was out of light brown sugar (gasp!) so I subbed white sugar and substituted 1/4 cup of it with dark brown sugar. Other than that, I made the recipe as is--from the first ingredients listed.
first picture--once again full of fog! stupid southern humidity
I really think that banana cake/bread is one of the best smells you can have in your home! I decided to make it easy and bake it as a bundt, which would also make it easier to transport to my mom's house (I'm gonna share it w/her and my sister--I think they will be happy (: ) I pulled it out of the oven, let it cool for a bit, and then scraped some of the bits that had stuck to the pan to try a taste. Oh. My. Goodness. Seriously, my eyes rolled back in my head. This is heavenly! I am so glad that I made it and I think my family will love it! I'm gonna take them at least half the cake (sliced up on a platter) and will wrap & freeze some pieces for myself for those days when only banana cake can make the world right again ; ).
I hope you all enjoyed these recipes as much as I did! Thanks so much to Karen & Kimberly for these wonderful picks, and visit their respective blogs for the recipes, as well as the TWD leave-you-link post to see who else baked along this week.