Pumpkin Banana Coconut Cake

You might be wondering why theres only one picture and why its so ugly, orangy and saturated… well I present you my excuses in advance… Belive it or not, I did the cake photo shoot but as clueless as I am I just forgot the most important thing while taking a picture, the freaking memory card!

Yeap, you can laugh as hard as you want and you can also wonder how the heck I didn’t check before shooting… Well that’s me! The worst part is that in the camera screen theres and intermittent little sign who says: NO MEMORY STICK! How can I miss that hu? Well fellas I did!

You can also may ask, why I didn’t re-do the photos, well cause there’s no more bread!!! It was so delicious that was eaten in less than an hour. Thank God it was yummy, cause now thats my only comfort.

This picture is the one I took with my phone to send it to my husband et voilà, is the only one I have for the blog. SORRY ='(

Here’s the recipe for this great cake, perfect for autumn:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all purposeFlour
  • 2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup of fresh Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 cup of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of grated coconut

Preheat the oven at 180°C and butter + flour your cake pan.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix to spread evenly.

In a medium bowl and with and electric mixer, beat the butter, oil and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition . Add the vanilla extract and stir.

In a bowl, mash the bananas with the milk. Mix in the pumpkin puree, coconut and spices. Mix well.

Graduaslly mix half of the flour mixture into the butter mix. Then, mix in the banana-pumpkin mix and then the other half of the flour mixture.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.
I hope you all enjoy this easy and tasty recipe.

Next time I will be more cautious with the memory stick.. I promise,

Love,

Sara

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Dry Fruits & Oats cereal Apple Cookies

Baking is definitely a passion who takes time. You can’t bake if you are in a hurry of if you just have 5 minutes to indulge yourself.
It will be great to have all the time in the world to do those delicious treats we all love, but I’m certainly convinced that you can bake fantastic cookies with only half an hour. Yes! you heard (read) right! only half an hour for great cookies.

You might be wondering, how the heck I could do this?… Oh well! here is the story. Jess is the master mind behind “A Lot On Your Plate” blog. Another sweet tooth and organization victim, so our dear Jess came up with a great idea, and is hosting the first ever “Use what you’ve got” bake-off! How great is that?
Long story short, we have to prepare a simple, delicious, easy to make and non time consuming recipe. This 1st bake-off theme is: COOKIES!!!

So I got all excited, and dived into my fridge and kitchens cabinets to check what I have… mm I wanted to keep it simple, I was thinking apples and oatmeal involve, my very favorite cookies. But I wanted to give them a twist so instead of oatmeal, I grabbed my Dry Fruits & Oats cereal. I love it! its like a loose granola with dried raisin, coconut, banana, nuts and Oats. Very healthy and organic.

This cookie dough recipe, took me no time! Imagine that I was doing the laundry and vacuum at the same time!

I hope this yummy cookies make me win the Bake-off (fingers-crossed)
So here is the recipe:

Dry Fruits & Oats cereal Apple Cookies

makes about 15 cookies

Preparation time: 15 min
Baking time: 12 – 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups of oatmeal & dried fruits cereal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 red apple cut in small dice
  •  2 tablespoons milk

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat or in the microwave, melt the butter. Set aside and let cool.
In a bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, Dry Fruits & Oats cereal and cinnamon, Mix until well combined. Set aside
In a large bowl add the butter and whisk in sugars, stirring until smooth. Then, add in the egg and vanilla, whisking until smooth and creamy.
Little by little (3 parts) begin to stir in dry ingredients, with a rubber spatula or using your hands if necessary to bring dough together.
Incorporate the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time and and fold the dough.
Optional: Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Line up your baking pan cover with a a nonstick baking sheet. Using an ice cream scoop, a spoon or your hands, form medium size flat dough disks. Grab a few apple dices and push them into the dough. Place the dough disks on the baking pan, with about 2 inches separation.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until bottoms and edges are golden.
Let cool and enjoy them with a glass of milk.

I sprinkle them with melted toffee (caramel). Yumm is all I can say.

I hope you like this super easy and quick cookies, as much as I do!

Bon appétit,
Love,

Sara