Mary Ellen’s Birthday Bread

Maple Walnut Banana Bread

Mary Ellen’s Maple Walnut Banana Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup whole wheat flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

½ cup sugar

¾ stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 large or extra large eggs

3 ripe bananas, mashed

¼ cup real maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl (I use a Cuisinart food processor), beat together sugar and butter until fluffy. Add in eggs, bananas, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat or process until smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients about 1/2 cup at a time until smooth after each addition. Fold in walnuts or add to food processor and lightly pulse to incorporate.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for 15 minutes in pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Serve warm or cool. Tastes great plain or with cream cheese. Can be sliced and frozen for longer storage.

White Christmas Cookies

Cookies 2

Eagle’s White Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup Crisco (tip: Crisco sticks are easier and less messy)

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup light brown sugar (not too firmly packed)

¼ cup real maple syrup

2 large or extra large eggs

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 cups quick cook oatmeal

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries

2/3 cup white chocolate chips (I use Ghiardellis)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream shortening in a food processor. Add sugars and maple syrup, then add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt and then add to the shortening mixture and blend. Add oatmeal first, then nuts, coconut and cranberries, pulsing in until mixed. You may have to use a spatula, knife or frosting spreader to scrape dough from sides to incorporate all ingredients evenly. Put dough in a large bowl and mix in the white chocolate chips with a wooden spoon. Put heaping spoonfuls (about tablespoon) of batter on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper. Because the dough is very thick and chock full, I use my fingers to slightly flatten the cookies before baking so they’ll bake evenly and crisp nicely. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until nicely browned.

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