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Calling All Bread Lovers

 

I’ve found it!!  The best and most delicious banana bread.  From one banana bread lover to another, don’t get this confused with the market breads or the cafe breads you’ve tried.  This is Magnolia Bakery’s banana nut with coconut found in their cookbook.  Yummy!  If you’re a New Yorker then you already know how delicious Magnolia’s desserts, especially their cupcakes, taste.  My father is coming into town in a couple of weeks and I know he is a banana bread lover too, so I went on the hunt for a great, mouth craving, can’t sleep at night banana bread.  It’s one of my favorite morning foods, snacks, desserts, or any time of the day cravings, so I hunted, searched, and finally found, what I think is one of the best banana breads I have tasted.  If you’re not sold on this recipe yet, my husband, who always turns his nose up at banana bread every time he sees me eating it, cannot get enough of this loaf I just made!

Here’s some pictures I took along the way and the recipe if you so desire to try it…

First I prepared the bananas to mash and chopped the pecans…what really makes this bread taste yummy are the pecans and coconut!

Next I mixed all the dry ingredients.  This recipe is quite easy to follow.  I’m no master chef in the kitchen and this seemed to be somewhat quick and simple.  About 30 min prep time.

Then I mixed together the dry and wet ingredients.  I usually don’t like bread batter, but found myself licking my fingers clean!

Lastly, I baked the bread for about 50 minutes at 350 degrees, then let it sit for an hour or so.  Looking delicious…hope you can hold out an hour before tasting…wasn’t easy for this banana bread lover!!

ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 3/4 sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

directions

  • 1  Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 2  Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan or 2 loaf pans.
  • 3  Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • 4  Beat oil and sugar on medium speed until well-mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat well.
  • 5  Add the bananas and sour cream, and mix well.
  • 6  Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  • 7  Stir in pecans and coconut.
  • 8  Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s).
  • 9  Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the bread comes out with moist crumbs attached.
  • 10  NOTE: If using loaf pans, bake for 45-55 minutes.
  • 11  Let cool for at least one hour before serving.

If you make it, let me know what you think of the recipe!  Do you have a craving that’s not so flattering on the hips, but it’s worth every bite?  Would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

NY Sidewalk Flowers

 

Flowers can cheer me up and put an extra pep-in-my-step any day!  They can be cut and set out, at two in the afternoon, and the day would somehow feel like a fresh start.

This weekend we were walking around the Upper East Side, headed to Central Park, and we passed by one of the many charming characteristics that make NYC so special, the sidewalk flower shop!  There are so many things in the city that make it feel romantic, charming, and beautiful, and the sidewalk flower shop is one of them.   Always beautifully displayed, sometimes wraped around the corner, with a variety of stunning colors, petals and sizes, and a sweet scent that follows you down the street saying come back, come back.  Ok, maybe it’s just me hearing that, but those outdoor bouquets are quite the eye catcher!  Here’s the shop we walked by this weekend, and the flowers that were calling me back to take their picture.

Love how the flowers wrap around the corner and brighten up the block.  And, don’t worry if you forgot your cash, always an ATM inside!  Who wants to go home to an empty vase?  Unfortunately, last weekend we did, but not today!  On the way home I stopped by a neighborhood sidewalk flower shop and picked up some flowers I don’t normal choose, feeling inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, and this is what I came up with…

Hydrangeas are turning into my new favorite flowers for the apartment - a touch of classic and warmth.  Add a pop of color (I added purple baby’s breath – well, that’s what I’m calling it) and there’s no way a bouquet cannot brighten up and add some cheer to a room!

Do you have a certain type of flower you like to have around the house to brighten your day?  Do tell!

Until next ride,

Amy

Needing Some Humor?

 

Time to take a midweek break and laugh a little!  I was at the book store looking for something new to read for me and Maddie, and came across this book.  I thumbed through it and found myself in hysterics!  Something I was really needing.  As I continued to read, let loose and take time to laugh a little, I had completely forgotten about Maddie who was wandering aimlessly through the isles pulling books off the shelves.  I couldn’t help but keep reading and enjoy a little humor at the expense of all the things that irk us moms!  Then, realizing I wasn’t hearing the thud of books falling in the distance, I just knew, Maddie was up to something else.  I peeked around the corner and I was right!  She was climbing the bookshelf ladder!  I again found myself laughing, at a similar situation I had just read in this book.  Sometimes you just need a little laughter to lighten things up.

Are you a city or suburbian mom needing a little humor to lighten up your day?  If so, I’m sure you can appreciate the witty and creative comments from this author.  Click on the book if you would like to find out more or order.

Until next ride,

Amy

Coffee Anyone?

 

Today is gloomy and rainy.  What better day to head out to one of my favorite coffee shops in the city, Amy’s Bread!  No, not because it’s named Amy, but for everything else that makes grabbing a coffee in the city enjoyable.  This West Village coffee and bread hot spot has a European cozy charm with only a few intimate bistro tables, the smell of bread baking as you enter, and corner windows with perfect views for people and cabby watching, while you bite into some delicious fresh bread and sip coffee from grande mugs without handles.  Amy’s is more known for their European style breads rather than coffee, but in my opinion, they are both exceptional!  In November 2010, Dessert Professional Magazine, named Amy one of the Top 10 Best Bread Bakers in America.   Their breads can also be found in many high-end restaurants around the city, that don’t bake their own bread.  Not to mention, this corner bakery is in the heart of one of my favorite neighborhoods, the West Village.  Are you ready for some coffee, yet?  I am!  I’ll meet you there!

Each of their twist breads have unique flavors, and looking at how the breads are displayed, it’s fun just picking one out!  What should we choose today?

I tried to order something different, but couldn’t resist my favorite, Sourdough Twist With Chocolate!  So yummy!!  Always tempted to go back for seconds.  Also, no grande, just a small coffee for me today, still counting baby calories.  Got to cut somewhere, just not from my Twist!

If you’re interested in pasteries and cupcakes, I am!  Above is Amy’s dessert cookbook.  I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but might for the holidays!  Click on the image above to order or find out more from Amazon.

Where do you enjoy having your coffee or tea or whatever you fancy?  I would love to hear about it.  Have a great weekend!

Until next ride,

Amy

Friday Favorites: Exotic Destinations

Please don’t give up on me!  This has been a busy week of birthday parties, working on the stop-procrastinating-Amy-get-it-done-now list, and all the other little things that tend to pop up.  Thank you to those faithful readers who still checked in for my weekly posts.  I’m still here!!

As you know from my last posting, I’m trying to find a summer destination.  I have been looking all over, debating and torn, trying to find a fun and new place to explore.  Just for kicks, I checked out one of my favorite blogs The Cool Hunter and found these amazing exotic treasure spots around the world.  Places that seem dreamlike!!  Maybe they will inspire me to finally pick a spot!  Have a look at my “Friday Favorites” exotic destinations around the globe…

Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile

Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China

Madeira, Portugal

Sky Lantern Festival – Taiwan

Keukenhof Gardens – Netherlands

Rice Field Terraces in Yunnan, China

Riomaggiore, Italy

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia

Benteng Chittorgarh, India

Aiguill e du midi, Chamonix, France

The Pearl Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

If you get a chance, check out this “cool” website.  The Cool Hunter searches the globe for awesome discoveries in every genre and it continues to inspire me in so many ways.  It might do the same for you!  If you’re a Pinster, you might just start pinning away.

Have you heard or traveled to a place you find exotic?  My exotic spot is a park on the East River in Queens that has 5 very large hammocks that overlook Manhattan’s majestic skyline.  Laying on those hammocks at night with the dazzling Manhattan view in the background feels exotic in my tiny world!  If you have an exotic spot and would like to share it, I would love to hear about it.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Until next ride,

Amy

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