Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cathy and Bob Schroerlucke's Bomb Banana Cake

You'll need a box of cake mix, either spice, yellow, or chocolate.  Follow the directions on the back of the box for the cake, however do NOT add the oil, and instead add 1 teaspoon baking soda.  Now if you are using anything else but the spice, you can add your own spices in for flavor.  I use cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Now add 4 very ripe bananas.  Mix this altogether very thoroughly, then follow the boxed cake's directions on cooking it.  This makes an amazingly moist and delicious cake. 

You can use any frosting, but I like this one. 

2 Cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tspn vanilla extract
2 tbspn milk
2 tbspn cocoa powder, optional for chocolate frosting. 

Cream sugar butter and vanilla.  Add a small amount of milk, 1 to 2 tblps.  Add cocoa if desired and beat until fluffy.  If frosting is too sweet, add a little more milk.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These are very sweet and savory!

3/4 cup butter softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tspn vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tspn baking soda
3/4 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn salt
2 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla until fluffy.  Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Gradually beat into butter mixture.  Stir in oats and raisins.  Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.  Cool slightly.  Remove from sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.

My Mother's Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

2 Cups Sugar
2 Tbsp light corn syrup
Dash of Salt
3/4 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Tspn vanilla extract

Mix sugar, corn syrup, salt, and milk together in a deep saucepan.  Cook over high heat, without stirring until candy thermometer reaches 230 degrees F.  Now add peanut butter and vanilla extract, with no heat, to the fudge and beat vigorously until candy loses its shine and starts to thicken.  Quickly pour this into a buttered container and let stand until firm.  Cut into Squares.  Delicious!