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Sweet Potato Casserole

My Grandmother started making this Sweet Potato Casserole recipe at least 5 years ago for Thanksgiving.  It has turned into such a favorite the pan is almost licked clean.  My daughter will usually eat as much as I will give and then a second helping.  We no longer prepare the sweet potatoes any other way for the holidays.

I find myself making it throughout the year as dessert for my kids.  I have yet to get Mr.Picky to like sweet potatoes of any kind.  We were headed to my family’s for dinner where I was preparing a somewhat Thanksgiving flavored dinner.  I had extra sweet potatoes to use up and thought this would be the perfect side dish to the meal.  Although we serve it as a side it has enough sugar and butter to be a dessert, this is probably why it is the best.

In my pictures I made the recipe just as my Grandmother wrote the recipe.  When I got to her and said how come mine doesn’t look like yours?  She stated that she had increased the flour amount in the topping which makes it more of a crumb and better.  I have revised the recipe to the correct flour amount so if your picture looks different it is ok.

Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole:

  • 6 large sweet potatoes or yams- peel after steaming and mash well
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping:

  • 5 Tbs melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbs flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

After steaming the sweet potatoes until tender, remove the peel and mash well.  Add in the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Continue to mash until well combined and almost completely smooth.

Spread potatoes in a 9×13″ glass baking dish.

Combine topping ingredients and spread over the sweet potatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until topping is caramelized and potatoes are heated through.


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Zucchini Pineapple Bread

Here is another quick bread recipe.  I found Zucchini Pineapple Bread II Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  It was a different from the normal Grandma’s Zucchini Bread recipe but I am not sure it was better.  I love trying new things and thought the added pineapple sounded interesting.

I substituted out some oil and didn’t not add the pecan’s due to Mr.Picky.  This was a very moist zucchini bread and it was enjoyed.  Next time I will leave out the raisins and add the pecans, I think the flavors would work better.  Also make sure you really drain the pineapple well so there is not to much liquid in the batter.

Zucchini Pineapple BreadZucchini Pineapple Bread:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups zucchini,grated
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained.

Mix together eggs, sugar, vanilla,oil, applesauce, and zucchini.

Sift together the flour,baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add this mixture to the wet ingredients.

Stir in nuts, raisins, and pineapple.

Pour into 2 9x5x3″ pans that have been lightly greased.

Bake in a preheated oven for 325 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

(If doing mini loaves reduce cooking time by about 20 minutes or so)

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Sweet Potato Spice Bread

I had a rather large bag of sweet potatoes to use up.  Usually we eat them rather quickly but I guess I had no motivation.   I planned on making some mashed sweet potatoes to go along dinner.  With the leftover sweet potatoes in the fridge the plan was to eat them up.

My Grandmother passed me some Taste of Home magazines she was through with.  I found a recipe for Sweet Potato Bread that I needed to try, as I am sucker for quick breads.  Grandma always has quick bread at her house.  She often served little quick bread sandwiches to us for snack.  Filling the quick bread with peanut butter or cream cheese was so exciting as a kids.  As it turns out my kids love these little sandwiches also.

Sweet potato spice bread turned out great, very similar to a pumpkin bread.  Unlike the original recipe I reduced the sugar and fat by substituting the oil out.  This bread has just a bit of spice and is filled with raisins, and nuts would be great but Mr.Picky will not tolerate them.  The only think I would do differently is whip or blend my sweet potato instead of mashing it.  Mr.Picky questioned the chunks and I lied and said it was pumpkin.

Sweet Potato Spice BreadSweet Potato Spice Bread:

Yields: 2 (9×5″) loaves

  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup mashed or whipped sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flour,baking soda,salt, baking powder, cinnamon,ginger, and cloves.

In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl whisk together eggs, sugar,applesauce, flax-seed, milk, and sweet potatoes.

Add in the dry mixture until just combined.

Fold in raisins and nuts until all are combined.

Grease 2 (9×5″) loaf pans.  Split the batter evenly between the pans.

Sweet Potato Spice Bread

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes.  Cool in pans about 15 minutes before turning out.

 


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Susan’s Coffee Cake

Susan's Coffee CakeI am not sure who Susan is, but Grandma has been making her coffee cake since I was a little girl.  I suppose I will need to ask her soon, if she even knows who she is or if she clipped the recipe out of the paper  years ago.

Coffee cake is so yummy, as long as it is not to dry.  Then again there is a reason you eat it with coffee to wash it down.  Susan’s coffee cake on the other hand is nice and moist because it has an amazing buttermilk glaze on top to soak into the cake.  I was looking through my recipe box and had put this recipe to the side to make.

Not once have I made this recipe on my own.  It has probably been at least 15 years since I have eaten it.  Grandma would make coffee cake if they were having company for brunch.  I would get it eat it if I was lucky enough to be over there when the company came.

Sorry about no post yesterday, we were camping.  Camping was fun but along with camping comes a lot of work for me, the mom that always is prepared for everything.  I try to plan all my meals and get anything done ahead of time.  This way I might actually get to enjoy our camping vacation.

For dinner I had lots of ideas and I made a big container of chunky chicken salad for lunches.  But what to make for breakfast?  Mr.Picky would like a hot breakfast every morning including potatoes, eggs, some gravy if he had his choice.  When you’re camping this is completely possible but a lot more work than I was willing to put in for a two-day trip.

I recently learned my husband who hates sweets enjoys coffee cake.  This was after I sent him to the store for a few items and he came home with two large boxes of coffee cake mix and was on a mission to eat some (but that is a whole nother story).  Then it clicked, I could make Susan’s Coffee Cake but with no nuts for Mr.Picky and bring it camping with us.  Talk about a no cook meal that everyone would be happy with.  I did bring some bananas in which everyone was required to eat before they had cake for breakfast.

Susan’s coffee cake fresh out of the oven was tempting, I wanted to dig right in.  We ate it two days later and it was still amazing.  I had a few disposable tin containers with lids, that just worked perfect to take my cake in camping.  It sealed great and was really a no mess breakfast.  I hope you can enjoy this recipe as much as we did.  I am sure I will be making this a lot more often now.

Susan’s Coffee Cake:Susan's Coffee Cake

This yields a 8 x 8″ pan, and would easily feed 6-9 people a good size piece.

Cake:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs flour
  • 1 Tbs butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup nut, chopped ( I would use pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs water

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter

For the cake prepare a 8 x 8″ square baking pan by greasing it lightly.

Mix together sugar, shortening, egg, and milk.  Meanwhile sift or whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Then combine the two mixtures to form a smooth thick batter.

Spread batter into pan.

Combine all the topping ingredients in a small bowl.  My topping is going to look verily smooth because I left out the nuts.Susan's Coffee Cake

Spread topping on top of batter as best you can, I used the back of a spoon to lightly spread it around.

Bake the coffee cake at 375 degrees, for 25-30 minutes.  Check with a toothpick, when it comes out clean of the center your cake it is done.

The last few minutes of baking combine all the glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan.  Over medium heat while stirring, heat the mixture until boiling.  Boil for one minutes and remove from heat.

Pour the hot glaze over the hot coffee cake evenly.  Allow the coffee cake to cool before serving.

Mad Hatter Salad

Mad Hatter Salad

I am renaming this salad to stuff your face, only because you can’t stop eating more.  My mother brought Mad Hatter Salad Recipe – Allrecipes.com to a family gathering and I am hooked.  The only problem is that it makes a ton, so you have to make it for larger gatherings.

Lucky for me we are hosting a birthday and I get to make a bunch of my favorite food.  I did let the kids pick out their favorites as well, it is their birthdays after all.  Many people went up for seconds at the party.  Even though the leftovers were soggy I ate them all up the next day for breakfast.

I have changed the original only slightly, but in a healthier direction.  I did not notice a taste difference, I just reduced the butter amount and changed-up the directions a bit.

Mad Hatter Salad:

  • 1 head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 head of broccoli florets, cut up
  • 8 green onions, chopped

Crunchy Mix:

  • 2 packages of chicken or oriental top ramen
  • 1 cup slivered almond, optional or served on the side
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup butter

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup oil (grape seed, canola, vegetable, etc.)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Combine cabbage, broccoli, and green onions in a  large bowl.

Meanwhile melt butter in a pan and toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, and ramen noodles with one package on seasoning.  If you are keeping the almonds separate I just leave them in a bowl at the side and skip toasting them.

While in a jar combine the dressing ingredients and the other package of seasoning mix, and shake what your mama gave you.

Keep the greens, the crunchy mix, and the dressing separate until just before serving.  Then just toss until coated to serve.Mad Hatter Salad

Banana Nut Muffins

Was peaking around pinterest for a muffin recipe and came across this From the kitchen: Banana Walnut Muffins .  So I threw them together and they turned out great.  I modified the recipe slightly as followed but am sure the original is just as great!  They were said to be the best you have ever had, well they are probably the best banana nut muffins I have had.

I made some regular size muffins and some mini muffins for my mini family members.  Reduce the cook time for small muffins.  The original recipe yielded 16 muffins, I ended up with more than that.  If I did anything differently I would reduce the cooking temperature to 350 and increase the cooking time.

Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins:

Muffin:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Topping:

  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and prepare approximately 20 muffin tins with paper liners or cooking spray.

In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt sift or whisk together and set aside.

In a small bowl smash two of the five bananas with a fork until smashed but not smooth.  Add pecans and set aside.

With a whisk attachment in your kitchen mixer combine the other three bananas and brown sugar.  Mix for about 3 minutes, until nice and smooth.  Add in butter, eggs, applesauce, and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.

Add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Fold in by hand the smashed bananas and pecans.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins until they are just half full.

Banana Nut MuffinsMix together all of the topping ingredients until it forms a crumble.  Sprinkle evenly on top of the muffin batter, press crumb down slightly.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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