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Banana Blueberry Apple Coffee Cake

I have been making a bunch of crumbles and quick breads to use up some of the “on their way out” fruits that we have now that I am trying to up my fruit and veggie intake. Can’t seem to get through them fast enough and I figure this coffee cake has at least 1 tasty serving in it (along with the butter and sugar).

Made Up Coffee Cake

Preheat oven to 350° and butter 8 x8 casserole or other pan.

Bowl 1:

  • 2 apples, diced fairly small
  • handful frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • juice of 1/2 sweet lime (or lemon juice to prevent browning)
  • grate of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sweet lime zest

Bowl 2:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 TBsp oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp yogurt
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract

Bowl 3:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1  tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • sprinkle salt
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • sprinkle nutmeg

Bowl 4 (topping):

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • sprinkle each: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • small handful honey nut o’s cereal – pulverized
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter

Gently mix bowl one and set aside.
Beat bowl 2 until creamy
Stir together ingredients in bowl 3, add bowl 1 and bowl 2 and mix. Will be fairly stiff batter/dough.

Dump into pan and smooth out.

Crumble cold butter with dry ingredients in bowl 4 to make topping and sprinkle evenly over dough.

Bake about 30 minutes or until skewer in center comes out clean.

Let cool slightly before eating so as not to burn your tongue.

ABC = Apple Banana Compote

ABC = Apple Banana Compote

ABC = Apple Banana Compote

Last weekend my darling husband woke up begging (yes begging) for pancakes. I started ‘em cooking and opened the fridge (like a good multitasking cook) to grab the syrup and put it on the table. Instantly it turned into one of “those” mornings when “invention becomes the mother of necessity.” The real maple syrup container was–empty! I started scanning the kitchen. Let’s see…what have I got instead?

1 organic Fuji apple, peeled, cored, sliced and diced
1 organic and overly ripe banana, peeled, sliced and diced
1/4 cup (or more?) brown sugar
4 small tangerines, juiced
1 organic lemon, juiced
2-3 tablespoons butter
pinch of salt

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the apple and saute for a few minutes stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and cook over low heat until the pancake are done being made. Pour it over freshly cooked pancakes and Voila’. Instant delicious!

And the best part of the morning was Zena helping me in the kitchen. Here she is pushing the pots and pan drawer back in after I pulled the saute pan out.

Zena Helping in the Kitchen

And here she is after breakfast. We washed our hands. She licked hers. Yumm!

Zena after breakfast.

And here’s Queen Zena lounging on her favorite blanket after breakfast.

Queen Zena Lounging.

Homemade “Instant” Oatmeal Bowl

Lately we like to have some hot cereal to get things started in the morning. Normally my husband cooks up a pot which takes about 20 minutes. Too long? I think so too, well more to the point I think that when I look up from my computer mid morning and realize I forgot to eat and am starving that I want something NOW.

So although its not quite as good as the “real thing” I have created a shortcut that might be handy to have around that is definitely way better than packaged instant oatmeal.

Take a nice jar or other container and dump in the following:

fastporridge.jpgCouple of cups of quick cut dry oats, couple of handfuls of walnuts or almonds crushed up a bit, some dried cranberries (or raisins if you like them) and if you like sweet I suppose you could even add some brown sugar to the mix itself although I haven’t tried that. Shake really hard to evenly distribute the goodies in the mix.

When you are ready to eat grab a half cup or so in a bowl, add some hot water ( I boil it up in the electric kettle first) and pop in the microwave for 1 minute. You can add some frozen berries during or after and the heat will warm them up.

I like to stir in a spoonful of plain yogurt or some soy milk and start chowing down.