Banana Bread – The Recipe

One thing I love about having bananas around the house is that if you don’t eat them up in time (which we never do) you can make banana bread!  My mom always made banana bread, and it wasn’t until I lived on my own for awhile, that I had these brown bananas staring at me, I finally took the jump to try mom’s recipe out (not as hard as I thought).

I wanted to share my mom’s banana bread recipe with all of you! It’s nothing special, but it sure as hell tastes good!  I like to add blueberries or chocolate chips  when I have them – it just gives the bread a little added taste, enjoy!

Banana Bread  Recipe - the bee life

You can combine the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in two separate bowls and then ultimately combine to mix together.   You want to mix everything together until it’s well blended, add any extra ingredients like chocolate chips (I normally eyeball the amount) and give it another mix! Evenly pour into your greased bread pan, and then sprinkle your sugar and cinnamon on top (as much as you want!) To make sure the bread is cooked all the way through, after 45 minutes I usually take it out to check and stick tooth picks in to make sure the center isn’t gooey, if it is, I usually put back in for another 15 minutes and then check again.  I noticed that the blue berries required a little over an hour cook time (but I checked every 10-15 minutes to make sure it didn’t get too crispy). Let it cool, before you flip out of your bread pan onto a plate. Your house will smell amazing, and you will have this awesome and tasty treat for breakfast the whole next week!

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Bon appétit!

Apple Pie Bites – The Recipe

I’ve got another awesome and may I add, EASY dessert for your last minute holiday prep!  Before we get to the good part, let me quickly tell you why I love this recipe. (1) SO easy  (2) Low cost! (3) Delicious! (4) Portable and snack-able for everyone to enjoy.

I adapted the recipe from theblondcook.com and did a lot of no measuring baking this weekend when it came to the seasoning and topping, I just eye-balled a good portion!

Mini apple pies

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Will make 24 Apple Pie Bites

Crust:

  • 3 rolls of Pillsbury Crescents (8-crescents per roll)
  • Roll your crescents out flat so that you can add the seasoning

Filling:

  • Cut apples into 8 slivers
  • Mix brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon together so that there are equal portions (I did small bowls at a time for each crescent roll pack)
  • Melted butter (about 1/3 of a stick)

Next Steps:

  • Spoon and flatten the filling seasoning onto the flat crescents across the whole triangle
  • Dip your apple slice into the butter and place at the larger end of the crescent
  • Working from the larger end with the apple slice, roll your crescent up
  • Make sure to grease your baking trays well
  • Brush melted butter on top and add seasoning dusting over top
  • Repeat!
  • Fill your tray up and place in the oven for 10-minutes until the tops are golden brown!

Enjoy and Happy Feasting!

Mini Apple Pies – The Recipe

After hosting our brunch, I found these Mini Apple Pies were the perfect, hand-sized treat for party goers, no mess, easy and delicious! So I just had to share the recipe with all of you, either for a fun and easy weekend treat or an upcoming tray to bring to Thanksgiving!  Of course, I first found the idea for Mini Apple Pies on Pinterest – but quickly adapted the recipe based on my mom’s go-to apple pie recipe! I did try and attempt to make these with the homemade ‘push’ crust (see original recipe below), that did not workout, so I was forced to make a normal sized pie (which turned out amazing!) … after testing and trying, I think I found the perfect combination of crust, filling and topping.

Ingredients Overview

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Will make 24 Mini Apple Pies

Crust:

  • 2 boxes of Pillsbury Pie Crust (they come in 2-packs)
  • Take a wide coffee mug (I used a Starbucks mug – or a mason jar) to cut your circles for each pie crust, try to get 6-circles out of one crust
  • Grease cupcake pans
  • Place circles into cupcake openings

Filling:

  • Skin and chop apples (6-large apples) I used McIntyre
  • Top 1/2 cup sugar and 1-teaspoon cinnamon with a pinch of salt over chopped apples
  • Fill your cupcake tin with filling

Crumb Topping:

  • In a mixing bowl; use 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • Mix until forms pea-sized crumbs
  • Sprinkle generously over each mini pie

Bake for 18-20 minutes – once cooled, use a fork around the edges and they should glide right out!

Enjoy!

Original Recipes: Genesee Valley Apple Crumb Pie (NY State) || Mini Apple Pies