Archive for September 24, 2016

Gorilla Waffles

Hi everybody!

Most people have something (or lots of things) that are special to them from their childhood. Sometimes a certain sight, smell or even sound reminds us of those things and we enjoy a trip down Memory Lane.

Today’s recipe is in honor of my youngest daughter Hannah. When she was little, we used to buy some waffles that had a gorilla on the package (Enviro Kids brand maybe??) so she always just said, “Mommy, I want a Gorilla Waffle!” They were banana flavored and delicious.

On a side note, she was also OBSESSED with the movie Tarzan (which has a gorilla in it too). She would’ve watched it ALL DAY LONG if I had let her! Her second “spirit animal” must be a gorilla! (The first is a wolf.) 🙂

Anyway, I developed this recipe for Hannah and it definitely has her stamp of approval. I’m sure you’ll love it too!

Happy Cooking!

~Renee

Sifting the dry ingredients together.

Sifting the dry ingredients together.

I whisked the eggs...now my arm is tired! (Maybe next time I'll use my handy dandy mixer!)

I whisked the eggs…maybe a little too vigorously…now my arm is tired! (Maybe next time I’ll use my handy dandy mixer!)

I added in the flour mixture and now I'm pouring in the melted butter...

I added in the flour mixture and now I’m pouring in the melted butter…

...and the milk. Umm...I should've used a bigger bowl!

…and the milk. Umm…I should’ve used a bigger bowl!

Now, I'm mashing up the bananas.

Now, I’m mashing up the bananas.

I told you I should've used a bigger bowl...this is dangerously full for mixing!

I told you I should’ve used a bigger bowl…this is dangerously full for mixing!

Pouring the batter into (onto??) the waffle iron. They smell so good already!

Pouring the batter into (onto??) the waffle iron. They smell so good already!

Taking them out carefully!

Taking them out carefully!

And, here ya go Hannah!!! :)

And, here ya go Hannah!!! 🙂

Gorilla Waffles

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 1/2 Tbls Packed Brown Sugar

4 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

2 Eggs

2 Tbls Butter, melted

1 3/4 Cups Milk*

2 Very Ripe Bananas, mashed

Preheat waffle iron.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk eggs for about 2 minutes til they’re light and frothy. (Or use an electric mixer.) Add the flour mixture, butter, and milk. Whisk til smooth. Stir in the mashed bananas.

Pour batter onto hot waffle iron, using about 1/4 cup per waffle. (My waffle iron makes two at a time but some make four.) Bake for approximately 5 minutes or til waffles are browned. (If your waffle iron has an indicator light, wait for the light to come on.)

Carefully remove waffle and serve hot with syrup, if desired.

*If a thinner batter is desired, you can add up to another 1/4 cup milk. 

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2016

All rights reserved.

#waffles #breakfast #bananas #gorilla #waffleiron #yummygoodness #childhood #memories

Very Vanilla Pound Cake

Hi everybody!

I don’t know about you but here in Kentucky we’ve been getting some chilly nights lately…too chilly for this chick! 😉

Fall is staring us right in the face. Lots of people really LOVE this time of year. The cool nights. The crisp morning air. The leaves turning such beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red…And, then there’s me…

I do love the Fall colors, all the fresh apples that I can transform into yummy recipes and the weather hasn’t gotten tooo cold yet so this season does have its good points. But, it’s a big reminder of the frigid, dark days of Winter (for a really cold-natured soul like me).

Another plus for the Fall, though, is that I really look forward to Thanksgiving. Since I love to cook and bake, it’s the perfect holiday for me! I get so much joy from making a giant spread that my family loves to eat. It makes me truly happy! I hope you’ll take some of my recipes and create a big spread for your family too.

Today’s recipe is Very Vanilla Pound Cake. One day recently, I was looking for a nice dessert for company but one that we’d enjoy any day of the week too…one that wasn’t complicated but still tasted decadent. Then, I came up with this cake recipe that fit the bill! When I asked my hubby how it was, he said “Excellent!” (That reaction always makes me super happy!) I know ya’ll will enjoy it too!

Happy cooking!

~Renee

Whisking together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Whisking together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Adding the sugars.

Adding the sugars and butter.

The butter and sugars all creamed up and fluffy.

The butter and sugars all creamed up and fluffy.

Adding in one of the eggs.

Adding in one of the eggs.

Fluffy batter ready for the pan.

The eggs are all incorporated…looks yummy already!

Adding in the yummy vanilla.

Adding in the yummy vanilla. It never hurts if a little extra “accidentally” goes in there! 😉

Starting with the dry ingredients...

Starting with the dry ingredients…

...and alternating with the wet ingredients.

…and alternating with the wet ingredients.

I forgot what size my bundt pan is but it looked a little too full so I put some of the batter into a mini loaf pan...

I forgot what size my bundt pan is but it looked a little too full so I put some of the batter into a mini loaf pan…

and BOY am I glad I did! Crisis averted! LOL!

and BOY am I glad I did! Crisis averted! LOL!

The lovely, decadent finished product...no frosting needed! YUMMM!!!

The lovely, decadent finished product…no frosting needed! YUMMM!!!

 

Very Vanilla Pound Cake

3 Cups All-Purpose Flour (not self rising)

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1 1/2 Cups Butter, softened (3 Sticks)

2 1/2 Cups Sugar

1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

5 Large Eggs, room temperature

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1/2 Cup Cream

1/2 Cup Milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray bundt pan or tube pan with Baker’s Joy or grease with butter and flour it; set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together to combine; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar 1 to 2 minutes, til light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

Alternately add the dry mixture and the cream/milk to the butter mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, beating each addition til incorporated.

Pour batter into prepared pan. (If your pan is more than about 2/3 full, put some batter in a mini loaf pan or another small pan.) Bake at 350°F for 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or til light golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2016

All rights reserved.

#cake #poundcake #dessert #vanilla #easy #yummygoodness #foodporn

 

Pancake Mix In A Jar

Hey everybody!

I’m super excited about this morning’s post! Well, I’m always pretty excited, but today (for some reason) I feel extra excited.

Recently I’ve been kind of obsessed with all things Mason jar. I’m not sure just why but the idea of using my Mason jars for loads of other stuff besides canning intrigues me. There are so many DIY gifts you can make using those jars, as well as having mixes on hand to use for yourself and your family.

Today, the mix I’m sharing with you is for Pancake Mix. You simply layer the dry ingredients in Mason jars to give as gifts or to keep on hand for homemade pancakes in a flash. It’s really easy and the pancakes are SO GOOD! We love them!

I prefer to use pint jars and mix the pancakes in a bowl. If you’re giving these as gifts, you can put the mix in a quart-sized jar. That way, the person receiving it can put the wet ingredients right into the jar, shake it up, and pour the pancakes right onto their griddle or frying pan. The jar can also be decorated any way you choose with ribbon, pretty fabric, etc. There are so many possibilities!!!

From time to time I intend to share more Mason jar ideas with you but for now I know you’ll love these delicious pancakes! Enjoy!

Happy cooking!

~Renee

Layering the ingredients in the jars. Two of the mixes have oatmeal, four are plain.

Layering the ingredients in the jars. Two of the mixes have oatmeal, four are plain.

The pancake mix is done. I've included a quart sized jar for a gift. It leaves room for the liquid ingredients to be added and shaken together.

The pancake mix is done. I’ve included a quart sized jar for a gift. It leaves room for the liquid ingredients to be added and shaken together.

I typed up the pancake directions and printed them on card stock to cut out and include with each pancake mix.

I typed up the pancake directions and printed them on card stock to cut out and include with each pancake mix.

Now, to make the pancakes! I put the milk and egg into the bowl and I'm adding in the vanilla...

Now, to make the pancakes! I put the milk and egg into the bowl and I’m adding in the vanilla…

...then adding the contents of one jar and whisk together.

…then adding the contents of one jar and whisk together.

Then, I poured 1/4-cupfuls onto my preheated griddle.

Then, I poured 1/4-cupfuls onto my preheated griddle.

When they're slightly dry around the edges with bubbles all over, they're ready to be flipped over...

When they’re slightly dry around the edges with bubbles all over, they’re ready to be flipped over…

...to cook til the other side is golden too. Aren't they pretty??

…to cook til the other side is golden too. Aren’t they pretty??

The oh-so-delicious finished product! I just added some scrambled eggs and turkey sausage for my hubby. (I prefer turkey bacon, but I don't judge, heehee!)

The oh-so-delicious finished product! I just added some scrambled eggs and turkey sausage for my hubby. (I prefer turkey bacon, but I don’t judge, heehee!)

Pancake Mix In A Jar

6 Mason Jars (with lids and rings)**

6 Cups All-Purpose Flour

3 Cups Quick-Cook Oatmeal

1/4 Cup + 3 Tbls Baking Powder

1/4 Cup + 2 Tbls Brown Sugar

2 Tbls Salt

Make sure your jars, lids and rings are clean and completely dry.

To each jar, add 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 Tbls + 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 Tbls firmly packed brown sugar, and 1 tsp salt in layers. For a pretty look, you can even out each layer as you go. Put on the lid and secure with the metal ring.

If giving as a gift, type or hand write this onto card stock paper and attach to the jar:

Pancake Mix

Add 2 Tbls melted butter, 1 1/4 cups milk, and 1 beaten egg. Shake well. Rest batter 5 mins.

Makes approx. 12 1/4-cup pancakes. 

Pancake Complete Directions:

In a medium bowl, add one jar of pancake mix, 2 Tbls butter, 1 1/4 cups milk, 1 beaten egg and 1 tsp vanilla. Whisk til smooth. Allow batter to rest 5 minutes.

Spray a griddle or frying pan with non-stick spray and place onto medium high heat. (My griddle has to be on 375°F for pancakes.) When hot, pour batter onto griddle by 1/4-cupfuls, leaving enough room to flip them.

When pancakes have lots of bubbles and the edges are slightly dry, flip them over. Cook for another couple minutes. They’re done when both sides are golden brown and they spring back when lightly touched in the middle with the spatula.

Serve with additional butter and syrup if desired.

**NOTES: For gift giving, you can use a quart size jar to leave room for the wet ingredients to be added later and shaken.

**If this mix will be sitting in the jar a while, I recommend you go ahead and mix the dry ingredients together to keep the brown sugar from clumping.

**If you want pancakes without oatmeal, simply use another 1/2 cup flour in the jar and leave out the oatmeal.

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2016

All rights reserved.

#pancakes #oatmeal #masonjar #griddle #DIY #gifts #homemade #breakfast #easy #yummygoodness