Sunday School-Banana Nut Brunch Bundt

Banana nut brunch bundt, trying saying that three times fast!

The great news about this cake is that it’s practically dessert but the bananas make it totally ok for brunch, which means you’re a winner!

The cake is dense, flavorful and moist.  It’s so yummy with some scrambled eggs, some fruit salad, and it’s pretty easy!  You could definitely make it the night before and take it to brunch, super fancy style!

Love brunch, wish I could have it ever Sunday 🙂

Banana Nut Bundt

adapted from Taste of Home

1/3 cup butter

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

vanilla

2 large mashed bananas

2 cups flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

salt

1 cup sour cream

chopped walnuts

powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a bundt pan, extra well!  I always freak out about it, so I use a lot of spray.

In a large bowl add the butter and sugar.  Cream with a mixer together until lighter in color and slightly fluffy.  Mix in the mashed bananas.

Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix well.

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt

Add 1/3 of the flour to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated.  Add 1/2 of the sour cream.  Add another 1/3 of the flour, then the last half of the sour cream and finally, the last 1/3 of the flour.

Scrape the sides of the bowl and then mix in the chopped walnuts.

Pour the batter into the greased pan.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven and turn upside down on a cooling rack.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

When the cake is removed from the pan dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle some more chopped nuts on top.

Enjoy, my loves!

Love,

Keely

 

Sunday School-Cinnamon Pancakes

Happy Sunday lovelies!

How was your week?  Were you up to anything exciting?

After a long week I always love a good Sunday brunch, these pancakes would be a wonderful addition to any brunch!

The are sweet and delicious and fluffy (thanks to some whipped egg whites).

They are a pretty extravagent breakfast that are super easy to make, which is always great!

recipe adapted from Erin Cooks

Cinnamon Swirl

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

4 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)

In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.  Using a fork mash everything together until it smooths out, at first it doesn’t seem possible but then it all comes together.  Set to the side

Pancakes

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

4 eggs, separated

1 cup milk

1 cup orange juice

4 tablespoons butter

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

In a small bowl, mix the egg yolks, milk, orange juice and butter.

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and whisk together.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until they have formed stiff peaks.  The goal is for the whites to remain smooth and to not get “chunky” looking.

Add the egg whites to the rest of the batter and carefully fold in.  Do this by cutting through the middle of the whites and folding into the rest of the batter.  It will get nice and thick.

Grease a frying pan or a griddle and heat oven medium-high heat.  Add a swirl of the cinnamon filling and cook until the bubbles on top are popped or the edges turn golden brown.

Flip the pancakes and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from the pan and store in a warm place.

Cream Cheese Glaze

3 oz cream cheese

4 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

In a small bowl add the cream cheese and butter, mix together using a mixer.  Slowly add the powdered sugar and milk until the glaze reaches your desired consistency.

Spoon on top of the pancakes and enjoy!

Happy Sunday!

Love,

Keely

Sunday School-Tres Leches Baked French Toast

So this is a super easy brunch recipe that everyone will love (and it sounds super fancy which makes people thing you out a lot of work into it!)

The three milks make this baked French toasts smooth and creamy and delicious, it’s like having bread pudding for breakfast!

The brown sugar and the bananas on top make the dish a home run because it adds some balance to the milky favors (even though bananas are not traditional in tres leches).

Tres Leches Baked French Toast

1 loaf of ciabatta bread (or any crusty bread)

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

1 cup heavy cream

8 eggs

vanilla

Banana Brown Sugar Sauce

2 bananas

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

vanilla

Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Cut up the ciabatta into 1 inch cubes and spread them evenly in the baking dish.

In a large bowl mix together the three milks (make sure to scrape out all the deliciousness from the sweetened condensed milk can).

Add the eggs and vanilla to taste and whisk until combined.

Go ahead and pour your milk mixture over the bread.  Put a plate or something heavy on top to weight down the bread and then let rest in the fridge overnight.

The next morning when your bread has absorbed a lot of the custard, preheat your oven to 400.

Bake the French toast for 40-45 minutes until the top is crispy and the custard is cooked.

While the French toasts is baking, place a medium frying pan over medium-high heat.  Melt the butter in the pan.

Slice the two bananas into 1/4 inch slices. And add them to the pan.  Add the brown sugar.  Stir frequently and when the brown sugar melts, remove from the heat and add the cream (it will boil up a bit).  Place back on the heat for another few minutes and continue to stir and thicken.  When slightly thick remove from heat and add the vanilla.

As soon as the French toast is done, pour the banana sauce on top.  Serve while warm.

Enjoy!

Love,

Keely

Weekly Wrap Up

Wow! What a week! There has been so much happening.

I got the keys to my first EVER apartment and I bought a car (guess that makes me an adult?)

It’s pretty insane. I had the week off of wok so there were lots of work out pants and tank tops. There was a lot of eating, lounging, packing and MOVING!

It was insane!

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I love that food trucks are blowing up in Denver! I got this delicious pizza at a food truck party, it was so delicious! And there was so much else going on, so fun!

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Living in Colorado, there is so much great beer! I decided that this summer I’m going to embrace it, so me and a friend headed down to the Breckenridge Brewery and enjoyed a few drinks.

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I wasn’t always lazy, I did get dressed once or twice.

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My friend is a bartender at Chili’s, he makes me yummy drinks.  I went and hung out there for a while to read my book (I still have another 350ish pages to pound through by Thursday…sigh).

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Here’s the EMPTY apartment!  I just went over and hung out for a bit while it was empty, because it’s mine and I could.  It was pretty fun 🙂

Here’s my car!  A 1999 Subaru, so excited about it!

 

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I have some idea of what the organization of my kitchen will be, so I put my dishes away.  This is my favorite cabinet 🙂

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Brunch!  I love chocolate chip pancakes and I love good time with friends.

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So if you ever come to Denver, it’s a requirement to go to Casa Bonita, and it’s not because of the food (beware of the food).  The experience is ridiculous!  Especially if you go with my friend Dan, he makes this experience so amazing (margaritas are also helpful :))

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Look, I got dressed again!

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Thrift find!  I kind of love this thing.  I want to put glasses and bottles on the bottom and then have the top be a “mail station” since it’s right by the front door.  We’ll see how it works.

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I bought this jar at IKEA and am using it to store my many cupcake liners (idea from Pinterest).

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I have a friend who is opening a small, consignment boutique and I went over to help her out.  I got to use a price gun, it was great!

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Does your city have something like this?  It’s called Canvas and Cocktails and you go to this place and they teach you how to paint, and you get to drink wine!  We were doing a take on a “Denver Starry Night.”  Great fun.

So there we have it.  My week has been filled with fun, stress, craziness and a potential lack of hygiene (TMI?  Sorry about that, my bathroom is a little unorganized, I fully intend on shower tonight!).

Love,

Keely

Whimsical Wednesday-Week 2

This Sunday is Mother’s Day! This week I searched for some great ideas for you for gifts for your moms as well as ideas for brunch (what mom doesn’t love brunch!?!).

I’ve found over the years that the best gift I can give either of my parents is to just hang out with them, cook with them and eat with them. At my house, however, we have three events all usually within a week: Mother’s Day, my birthday and my sister’s birthday, so we end up doing one big celebration (often church and then family brunch). It’s so much fun to get the whole family together (minus the one sister who lives out of state).

Here’s some inspiration for those of you still searching for gifts for you moms, enjoy!


This adorable little card will warm the hearts of moms of little kids and big kids alike.  You can find a tutorial here.

This little cupcake bouquet is gorgeous! (However I love anything with cupcakes). Found here.

If you’re an adventurous baker (who’s skilled in fondant) you can surprise your mom with this gorgeous flower pot cake!

What mom doesn’t want to be pampered?  Go the extra mile and make her some sugar hand scrub (she’ll love the gift and be impressed with your skill 🙂

This beautiful brunch spread is perfect for Mother’s Day.  Sit down chat and enjoy brunch 🙂

This necklace caught my eye, and I think it’s gorgeous and the perfect way for a mom to keep her kids close to her heart.

What a beautiful piece of art.  You can do it yourself too, if you’re feeling adventurous.  Make a list of all the things you love about your mom and grab some wood, stencils and spray paint, she’ll love it!.

I hope you were able to find some fun Mother’s Day ideas.  I know all moms are different, but all moms love their children and almost anything that they give them (based on my experience anyway).  Make sure to treat your mom extra special this Sunday (just think of all the crap she had to put up with through the years :).

Love,

Keely