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Banana bread

Recipe makes 1 loaf.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
chocolate chips (optional, but highly recommended)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2.  In a large bowl, combine flour and baking soda. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to make sure everything is mixed. Add chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3.  Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes, until a knife inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack.

Original recipe from:


Vanilla Cupcakes

This is one of my favourite baking recipes!  Anytime I’m asked to make a cake or cupcakes, this is the recipe I use for vanilla cakes.  I take them to potlucks, parties, make them for birthdays, and often just make them for me.

Cupcake ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup milk (+ optional 4 tbsp plain yogurt)
3 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla (or mint if you’d rather!)

1.  Grease the cake pans.  Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
2.  Mix flour, baking powder, and sugar together in a large bowl.
3.  Add melted butter and milk (and optional yogurt) to the flour mixture and stir.
4.  Break eggs into a small bowl, add vanilla, and  beat lightly.  Add to the rest of the batter.
5.  Pour the batter into a muffin tin, about 2/3 full.
6.  Bake for 20min (check to see if ready earlier).
7.  Test with a toothpick, if it comes out non-gooey, it’s done!

*This can also be used as a cake recipe, just pour the batter into 2 cake pans instead (and bake for 25-30min)!

Icing ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup table cream (or substitute a bit less milk)
1 tsp pure vanilla
3 cups icing sugar

1.  Melt the butter.
2.  Put melted butter, cream, and vanilla into a bowl and mix.
3.  Add in icing sugar a little at a time until the right consistency.

Original recipe from:  The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook

Apple Crisp

This is my dad’s recipe.  He makes it oh so much better, but I’m slowly learning!  Eaten with a little vanilla ice cream on the side = heaven.


2lbs (5 1/2 cups) apples – Mac, Cortland, or anything suitable for baking, chopped up
water to sprinkle on the cut apples
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup quick cook oatmeal


1.  Chop apples, put in casserole dish and sprinkle with water.
2.  Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
3.  Cut in the butter to the dry ingredient to make the topping.
4.  Pour the topping loosely on top of apples.
5.  Bake at 350°F covered for 30 min. then another 30 min. uncovered (if you make 2 little pans instead of 1 big one, cut down cooking time a few minutes).