Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Banana Bread

3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T. bourbon (optional)
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.  Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then the spices.  Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.  Mix in the flour.  Pour mixture into a buttered 4 x 8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes.

Hash Browns - Oven Baked

1 - Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line the bottom of a cookie sheet with foil, shiny side up.
2 - Spray the foil lightly with butter flavored cooking spray.
3 - Spread out fresh or frozen hash browns in a 1/2 in ch thick layer on the foil.  Use one cup of hash browns for each serving.
4 - Spray the top of the hash brown layer lightly with the cooking spray.
5 - Bake for 30 minutes, turning the hash browns over halfway through, and re-spray the top of the potatoes before returning to the oven.  When fully cooked, the hash browns will be golden-brown and crispy on the top.   Season with salt and pepper to taste.