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Banana Bread

by Nancy on March 15, 2011

in Breads

This banana bread is an old family favorite. I remember making it as a child. The bananas need to be very ripe with black spots on the skin. If you have only one or two bananas or bananas are on sale at the store, mash them and put the mashed banana in the freezer. This recipe doesn’t require a mixer. Mash the bananas with a fork right in the mixing bowl and then stir in the remaining ingredients with the same fork.

Banana Bread

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)

Makes one 4″ x 8″ loaf, two 3″ x 7″ loaves, or nine muffins.

  1. Mash bananas with fork.
  2. Blend in sugar, salt and egg.
  3. Melt butter or margarine and stir into banana mixture.
  4. Dissolve soda in water and add with flour.
  5. Chop walnuts if desired and stir in.
  6. Grease loaf pan(s). Pour batter in pan(s).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes for loaves or 25 minutes for muffins.

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Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

by Nancy on November 23, 2010

in Main Dish,Snacks

Here’s a great tasting sandwich that uses up leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. It’s a refreshing meal in the summertime with sliced deli turkey, too. Cream cheese works better than mayo to keep the cranberry sauce from soaking into the bread.

A sandwich can only be your favorite if you start with your favorite bread. I’ve made this with country potato bread, whole wheat bread and Kaiser roll.

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

  • 1 1/2 ounces turkey
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/4 cup soft cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • lettuce leaf
  1. Spread 2 tablespoons room temperature cream cheese on each slice of bread.
  2. Layer lettuce, turkey and cranberry sauce on one slice of bread and top with second slice.

My husband Steve likes his sandwiches “club” style. For him that means adding bacon.

Turkey Cranberry Club Sandwich

  • 1 1/2 ounces turkey
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/4 cup soft cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons walnut pieces
  • lettuce leaf
  1. Fry bacon until crisp, drain on paper towel and cut each slice in half.
  2. Spread 2 tablespoons room temperature cream cheese on each slice of bread.
  3. Press walnut pieces into cream cheese.
  4. Layer lettuce, turkey, bacon and cranberry sauce on one slice of bread and top with second slice.

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Raw Apple Cake

by Nancy on September 21, 2010

in Breads,Breakfasts,Cakes,Desserts

Raw Apple Cake

Raw apple cake is another old recipe handed down from my Grandma Brink that I make regularly. I like it better than applesauce cake for a couple of reasons. Bits of apple, along with the raisins and nuts, give this cake more texture than applesauce cake which I find too smooth. Also, most people use store bought applesauce which usually has very little flavor hence the cake has very little flavor.

I only make this cake in the summer from sweet, fully ripe summer or fall apples. Jonathan apples are my favorite. They rarely appear in the markets so I planted my own tree (did I say Jonathan is my favorite apple?).

This is a heavy, moist cake. Don’t try to tip the whole cake out of the pan, it’s likely to fall apart. Cut it into serving pieces and move the pieces to a serving plate or serve on individual plates.

Raw Apple Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening (butter or margarine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped raw apple (1 large apple)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  1. Cream sugar and shortening.
  2. Add egg, spices, soda, raisins, apple, and nuts.
  3. Mix in water and flour.
  4. Pour in greased pan and bake at 350 degrees; 8″ square pan for 40 minutes, 15 cupcakes for 20 minutes.

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