Famous Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

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Famous Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

This cake is outstanding!  This recipe came from an old Iowa cookbook.  I have been making it for years.

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, about 2
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together the sugar and butter.  When mixture is light and fluffy, add the eggs and continue beating until smooth.  Dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk and stir into batter.  Add bananas, cake flour, and vanilla.  Mix well and pour into two greased and floured 8-inch pans or one 9 x 13-inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.   Frost cake with Brown Sugar Frosting.

Makes about 12 – 15 servings.

Brown Sugar  Frosting

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dash of salt

Heat brown sugar, butter, and cream together over low heat, stirring, until well blended and sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients, using enough powdered sugar to make it spreading consistency.  When smooth and creamy, frost the cake.

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Top Twenty Recipes for 2017

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  1.  Rhubarb Dream Bars
  2.  Purple Passion Punch
  3.  Tuna Burgers
  4.  Classic Oyster Stew
  5.  Dreamsicle Salad
  6.  Mile-High Rhubarb Pie
  7.  Copycat Bob Evans Chicken & Noodles
  8.  Chicken Liver and Onions
  9.  Creamed Peas and Potatoes
  10.  Miss Kay’s Chicken & Dumplings
  11.  Famous Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
  12.  Creamsicle Fluff or Strawberry Fluff
  13.  Wacky Cake
  14.  Hamburger Soup
  15.  Fried Apples
  16.  Heavenly Angel Food Cake / Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
  17.  Wash-Day Peach Cobbler
  18.  Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts
  19.  Hoop Cheese Mac and Cheese
  20.  Hash Brown Casserole

 

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Orange Marmalade Cookies

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Orange Marmalade Cookies

These are the famous cookies Helen Corbitt made at the Neiman-Marcus restaurant.  They are really delicious!

For the cookies:

  • 3 cups (15-oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup orange marmalade

For the orange icing:

  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups (12-oz.) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Either butter cookie sheet, line with parchment or use a silpat.

To prepare cookies, sift together flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and set aside.

Place the shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on low speed.  Add the sugar and continue beating for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and mix well.  Add the reserved dry ingredients and the marmalade and mix thoroughly.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a small cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet.  Transfer to oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cookies are light brown in color.

While the cookies are baking, prepare the icing.  Combine the orange and lemon zests and juices in a bowl.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on low speed.  Add 1 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and blend thoroughly.  Add the remaining 2 cups sugar, salt and the citrus juice mixture and blend until smooth.

Remove cookies from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.  When completely cooled, ice the cookies.

Makes about 36 cookies.

“God is our refuge in times of trouble.”

Top Twenty Recipes for 2016

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  1. Rhubarb Dream Bars
  2. Tuna Burgers
  3. Purple Passion Punch
  4. Mile-High Rhubarb Pie
  5. Creamed Peas and Potatoes
  6. Classic Oyster Stew
  7. Dreamsicle Salad
  8. Famous Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
  9. Wacky Cake
  10. Copycat Bob Evans Chicken & Noodles
  11. Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts
  12. Chicken Liver and Onions
  13. Super Simple Sugar Cookies
  14. Wash-Day Peach Cobbler
  15. One-Minute Chocolate Icing
  16. Beef Goulash Vegetable Soup
  17. Pizza Burgers
  18. Hamburger Soup
  19. Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
  20. Creamsicle Fluff or Strawberry Fluff

 

“Our strongest allegiance is to Christ, who gives us unity with each other.”

Copycat Pecan Waffles

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Copycat Pecan Waffles

This is a copycat recipe for the Waffle House Restaurant’s famous pecan waffles.  Delicious!

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted lightly
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, melted and cooled

Whisk first five ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk egg, milk, buttermilk and vanilla in a separate bowl until combined.  Stir the egg mixture, melted butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until just combined.  (The batter may be lumpy.)

Preheat waffle iron and brush with melted butter, if needed.  Ladle approximately 1/2 cup batter onto waffle iron.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons pecans on waffle;  close lid and cook until golden brown.

Note:  To toast pecans, spread on a baking sheet and bake 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly toasted.  Or you can put them in a non-stick skillet on low heat until lightly toasted.  Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.  They are usually ready when you begin to smell them.

“Our problems are never a strain on God’s provision.”