Sorry it has been a few days, work and life got busy:) Over the weekend we had a little shin dig at our place. It was fun having some friends over and it gave me an excuse to make treats!! I made caramel corn, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, chocolate white chocolate chunk cookies, Dorie’s banana bundt cake, and salsa with chips.
Don’t worry, I sampled them all and enjoyed each and every one. And more importantly the guests seem pleased! I was quite impressed with the banana bundt cake. I guess I was just expecting it to be “another banana cake”, but of course Dorie out did herself once again. I loved the texture and flavor!! I added a vanilla glaze and everyone loved it! I guess I will keep buying bananas at Costco so I can have an excuse to make this cake…my bananas always go brown way too fast!
Classic Banana Bundt Cake
Dorie Greenspan’s, Baking: From My Home To Yours
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 tsps pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
About 4 very ripe bananas, mashed (you should have 1 1/2-1 ¾ cups)
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I used fat free yogurt)
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 9-10-inch (12 cup) Bundt pan. (I used Crisco baking spray with flour)
Whisk together the flour, soda, and salt.
Beat the butter in a large bowl, until creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Reduce mixer speed to low and mix in the bananas. Finally mix in half of the dry ingredients, all the sour cream and then the rest of the dry ingredients. Scrape the batter into the pan, rap the pan on the counter to debubble the batter and smooth the top.
Bake for 65-75 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check the cake after about 30 minutes-if its browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool to room temperature.
If you’ve got time, wrap the cooled cake in plastic and allow it to sit on the counter overnight before serving- it’s better the next day.
2 Tablespoons softened butter
½-1 teaspoon vanilla
Splash of milk
Whisk the butter and vanilla until smooth. Add in milk and powdered sugar. Just keep adding these two until you get the consistency you want. Make sure it is thick enough to pour over the bundt cake.
The pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were a must make since it is fall, but I have to admit, this is a super easy “cheater” recipe. All you do is open a box of spice cake mix, stir in one 15 ounce can of pumpkin, and toss in chocolate chips. No eggs, oil, butter, etc. Bake them at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes, it is that easy!!! I like to tell myself it is a healthy cookie, so eat plenty of them:)
Utah also got it’s first snow over the weekend! I am so NOT ready for winter! Luckily, it is all melted! It was pretty though.
oh my, snow already?? i can’t imagine that *yet*! all that food looks so good! that banana cake looks delicious!
I need to try that cookie recipe—It looks no fail (and delicious!!!)
I agree it’s hard to pass up Costco bananas – they’re so cheap! The cake looks great. I make the same recipe for the pumpkin cookies when I’m trying to watch the calories!
Sounds like a fun party. Sorry I missed it.
All I can say about the snow is
I really liked the Banana Bundt as well. It was easy to make and super moist and delicious. All your goodies look amazing! Can you believe it snowed? Ahh!
Snow already, I agree that’s a bit early. All your autumn baking looks great. I couldn’t resist this weekend either and foudn myself making pumpkin-swirl brownies.
Snow..I am jealous!!!
I love evrything you made. And I love the black and white platters!!!
Thanks for wishing me a Happy 100th post!
You got so much snow! We got none, but we do have pumpkin cookies. I feel like we are true friends. And that banana cake does look mighty fine. I’m always looking for more recipes for my bundt pan, can’t wait to try it.
I love Dorie’s Banana cake recipe. It looks so good with the glaze on it, too. And those chocolate chunk cookies look AWESOME! Good luck with the snow. I’m so glad we have some time before we see it.
What a selection, Maria! All treats look great!
Wanted to share this recipe with SOMEONE and I knew you were one who would appreciate it. I found a creme brulee french toast with homemade buttermilk syrup recipe on this link:
I made it for general conference breakfast and MMMMMMMM was it tasty! Give it a try one of these mornings, I know you’ll love it!
Maria I LOVE your serving dishes (!!!) and your recipes look amazing! I need to bake more! It just makes me tired seeing all that you did in one weekend! Way to go!
wow!!! simply beautiful… and what a weekend!!! all these delicious goodies… 🙂
We make caramel corn every Halloween, and I just made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies; definitely a favorite over here. 🙂
Hub touches every single one of them so I can’t give them away to any of our neighbors.
I love that first snowfall-but it is good when it melts too-especially when it is only Oct. What a great party!
Great party goodies! And.. SNOW already YIKES!!
I love having friends over. All your treats look really delicious. I am jealous that you have snow…I love it.
The snow is gorgeous!! We never get snow here in TN. Looks like a fantastic spread of goodies!
WOW you had snow already!!
All your treats look amazing maria, but I adore your Banana Bundt cake which looks awesome :
Snow! Really?? That’s amazing. But your spread is even more so. I’ll just take that black-and-white platter. Go ahead and leave the cookies on it! The banana cake looks good too…
I love that cake. Banana cake is always awesome.
I would ask you how I can get an invite to one of your parties, but if I keep seeing snow at your house, you will never have to worry about me being a gate crasher. I’m not ready for winter yet! I’m barely used to fall!
That first snow is always sooo.. beautiful. Your treats all look marvelous and the banana cake has my name on it.
Your bundt cake looks so professional! Very nicely done. Your house is adorable; I used to live in one very similar to that. Good memories, thanks for sharing.
SCRUMPTIOUS eats from your weekend – wowza!! Love the banana bundt cake recipe!!
SNOW!!! Ahh, I don’t want any yet, haha ;0)
OH MY GOODNESS! You were SOOOO busy! Look at all those wonderful treats!! YUM!
hi Maria, i would have loved to attend ur party; what with all those goodies u made. the banana cake looks so moist & yummy. thanx 4 the recipe and i luv the beautiful motifs on ur plates.
I want to come party at your house.
What fun for you and your friends — everything looks soooo delicious!
I know I’m a post behind, but I loved the picture of the dried fruits. I have a new oven in Paris that can be set very low and I was going to see if I could use it as a dehydrated. Seeing your pix spurs me to try it sooner rather than later.
I wish it would cool down a bit here! I am jealous of the gorgeous snow. What feast you made. Everything looks delicious.
I’ve heard good things about that banana cake. I need to make it! And I actually just bought stuff to make caramel corn this week!
Wow, snow already. I live in Big Bear, CA and we had a few flakes the other night that were gone by morning, but you guys have serious snow!
Oh good finally someone else who got snow! It’s melted in the valley but there is still snow up in our neck of the woods. We live in the mountains so the snow stays with us longer. I love all of your desserts..wow did you go through alot of work to prepare them.
Just a side note..we are getting a COSTCO..it opens of OCT. 23..I have been waiting for it 3 years now!!
Snow in Utah? We had a little warm spell this weekend in Ontario. Back to t-shirts! It won’t last long though.
Great October fare – I especially like the bundt cake – I will have to look that one up. So pretty!
It’s so hard to believe you have snow and I’m still waiting for it to cool off just a little. As for all your treats they look awesome. I love the way the bundt cake turned out. So beautiful with the flower in the middle!!!!
What great food! Everything look extremely yummy! I love those snow pictures!
Your first snow was very pretty. Looks like you had a wonderful get together with firends.
Wow — what a yummy looking assortment of treats! I really wouldn’t know what to taste first. Those pumpkin cookies looks really great; I will have to try them in an effort to take a break from butter for a day. BTW, thanks again for the black bean soup recipe. It was truly fabulous, and a huge hit with the family on our trip last weekend!
I can’t believe you have snow and I’m sitting here in shorts! Love the looks of the cake.
Wow snow already?!!
All of the treats look delish!
I’m so jealous to see you have snow already! Looks like you’ve been cooking up a storm no wonder you’re so busy!
Oh boy I saw that snow and was n ot happy knowing that winter is coming. Yes, it is pretty, but the sun is prettier ha ha.
You put out a really nice spread…your friends were lucky.
You already got snow!! Gosh – I’m soooooo not ready for winter either. The rumor on the street though is that it’s going to be nice when you come this weekend.
noooo. i’m so not ready for snow.
moving on to happier subjects–those deeply dark and delectable cookies look amazing! and of course, your banana bread recipe rocks and i’m loving the presentation. 🙂
That snow is scaring me!
It's bad enough we have no more tomatoes on the vine, and the figs are all gone (& my tan is gone!).
I guess I will look forward to stews and Christmas cookie posts soon!
Those dark chocolate cookies are awesome, I love banana cake, and fresh snow on fully leafed trees is really pretty, but bad for the trees. I guess I’m a dope, because I didn’t realize Utah had so many trees!
Thanks for visiting me!
What a spread of goodies! Everything looks delicious!
oh my, the popcorn, cookies, and bundt cake all looks delicious!
A snowy party already?? Sounds like you had plenty of delicous treats.
Wow! Snow? All of your food looks incredible and I love your dishes! I am a huge fan of black and white! You seem like such an awesome hostess!
Wow. Snow. Don’t remind me that it’s possible. I was hoping we’d still have another month of autumn here in WI 🙂
Your gathering sounds great… and I LOVE those black/white plates!
Wow … I wish we lived closer!
That looks like a tasty party!
Crazy weather huh? I hope we get some more nice days before winter really sets in. Your treats look awesome, especially the dark chocolate cookies. I actually did an intake of breath when I saw them. Yum!
So that’s how you throw a party 🙂 Great sweets spread, Maria. There are so many choices, I hope everyone got to sample everything.
Sounds like you guys are having a blast, and look at all that snow. It’s not even Halloween yet! Is that common for Utah?
Oooh, snow!?!? it’s toooo early for that! (But, on a side note… I’m from “out west” and I remember one year in college (in Colorado), it snowed on September 24! It was crazy, with snow on the trees and their still-green leaves.)
Anyway, wow, I’m wishing I was one of your friends! What an awesome spread and such a nice variety too. Great job, everything looks terrific.
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie are one of my favorites! And the banana cake looks fabulous–I’ll have to try it soon.
I keep meaning to get round to making a banana cake – your pictures have really tempted me.
Lovely plates too!
Pretty, pretty, snow.
But it’s way too early for that!
I love the look of that Bundt cake. Bundts are the best.
Your cake looks great with all that vanilla, but I have my eye on the caramel corn. Any chance of a recipe?
You’re right, Utah’s as pretty as a postcard! Makes me wish we didn’t have just one season here.
Snow already…looks wonderful though…all the food looks fantastic 🙂
I know, I heard! How depressing!! All of the food looks like it could warm things up!
Oh my gosh, I have to try that Banana Bundt Cake!