Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Ingredients:

Serves: 16

9×13 pan

1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe

2 teaspoons lemon juice

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 1/8 cups sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/2 cups icing sugar

Garnish

chopped walnuts

Directions:

1

Preheat oven to 275°.

2

Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.

3

In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.

4

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

5

In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.

6

Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.

7

Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.

8

Stir in banana mixture.

9

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

10

Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

11

For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.

12

Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

13

Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.

14

Spread on cooled cake.

15

Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

via Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe – Dessert.Food.com – 67256.

Mixed Berry Pavlova Recipe

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Ingredients

4 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature

Pinch kosher salt

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sweetened Whipped Cream, recipe follows

1/2 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1/2 pint fresh blueberries

1/2 pint fresh raspberries

Triple Raspberry Sauce, recipe follows

1 cup cold heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 half-pint fresh raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup seedless raspberry jam (12-ounce jar)

1 tablespoon framboise liqueur

Directions

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees F.

Place a sheet of parchment paper on a sheet pan. Draw a 9-inch circle on the paper, using a 9-inch plate as a guide, then turn the paper over so the circle is on the reverse side. (This way you won’t get a pencil mark on the meringue.)

Place the egg whites and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat the egg whites on high speed until firm, about 1 minute. With the mixer still on high, slowly add the sugar and beat until it makes firm, shiny peaks, about 2 minutes.

Remove the bowl from the mixer, sift the cornstarch onto the beaten egg whites, add the vinegar and vanilla, and fold in lightly with a rubber spatula. Pile the meringue into the middle of the circle on the parchment paper and smooth it within the circle, making a rough disk. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed, and allow the meringue to cool completely in the oven, about 1 hour. It will be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

Invert the meringue disk onto a plate and spread the top completely with sweetened whipped cream. Combine the strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in a bowl and toss with about 1/2 cup of raspberry sauce, or enough to coat the berries lightly. Spoon the berries carefully into the middle of the Pavlova, leaving a border of cream and meringue. Serve immediately in large scoops with extra raspberry sauce.

Sweetened Whipped Cream:

Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (you can also use a hand mixer). When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until firm. Don’t overbeat!

Yield: 1 cup

Triple Raspberry Sauce:

Place the raspberries, sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 4 minutes. Pour the cooked raspberries, the jam, and framboise into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth. Chill.

Yield: 2 cups

via Mixed Berry Pavlova Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network.

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies recipe

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Ingredients

Cookies

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1egg, slightly beaten

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1 Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix cookie mix and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in butter and egg until soft dough forms.

2 On piece of waxed paper, shape 1 tablespoon cinnamon into a line about 5 inches long. Using floured fingers, shape 1 tablespoon of dough into a rope 5 inches long. Press one side of dough rope into cinnamon.

3 On ungreased cookie sheet, coil dough rope tightly, cinnamon side facing center, into cinnamon-roll shape. Press end of rope into roll to seal. Repeat with remaining dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

4 Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

5In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.

via Cinnamon Swirl Cookies recipe from Betty Crocker.