Thursday, September 2, 2010

Baking from a mix

Yesterday we had to do some quick baking after our school lessons. We had a luncheon today at our church after the funeral of a Godly older man from our assembly. He is my cousins' grandpa. He was my Sunday School teacher a few years back as well as for my one sister and one brother (the older ones). He battled cancer for a year and is now in Heaven with the Lord.

The committee my mom is on was to bring desserts. It was funny because we just read one of the recent articles at a blog we read regularly called Raising Homemakers about using Box mixes. Here is the link to the article!

Here are two recipes we made using box mixes.
The first made cookies and they are delicious. The second recipe is one we've made for years. It's banana bread but is more like banana cake.
I just thought you might like to try them if you have a box mix in your pantry.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
(recipe from Taste of Home magazine simple & delicious)

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pkg. (18 1/4 z.) chocolate cake mix
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add cake miz; beat on low until blended. Stir in cho
colate and peanut butter chips. Drop by rounded Tablespoon 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool for 3 minutes and then remove to wire racks. Store in air tight container. Makes 4 dozen.
Photo of our batter:
This recipe is our banana bread recipe. It is one of our favorites. We also make a Banana Oatmeal loaf (this one is more nutricious and from scratch). :-) but here is the one with a cake mix... (and pudding mix)....

Banana Bread

1 to 2 small (over) ripe bananas

1 pkg. yellow cake mix

1 pkg. (4 serving size) vanilla (or banana) instant pudding

4 eggs

1 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Place bananas into bowl and mash. (the fun part!) Add remaining ingredients. Blend then beat (with mixer) at medium speed for 2 minutes until well mixed. Pour into a well-greased and floured 10" tube/ bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Cool in pan at least 15 minutes. Turn pan over on top of a serving plate. Allow to release from pan onto plate then finish cooling.

* May also be baked in a 9x13" pan (for more of a cake): Bake this 50-55 minutes or use 2 loaf pans and bake 50 minutes.

Let me know if you try these recipes and what you think.

P.S. My camera had a problem and is back at the manufactures. :( There was a blur in the screen at the bottom (like if your thumb got in the way) but it never goes away and shows up on the photos now. I am not sure what happened to it but it is under warranty so I'm glad of that but I am missing my camera. In the meantime maybe I'll find time to play with a few photos I have loaded in my computer.

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