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Ooo, banana! 
May 7, 2009 8:00 am 
Updated: May 7, 2009 2:09 pm
Fortune favors the curious! I love to experiment in the kitchen and try new recipes; sometimes that works out very well, sometimes not. But you definitely have to be paying attention to glean something worthwhile out of a flop or in this case, a meh.

I had 5 old bananas (see previous post) that I needed to get rid of; I didn't want to do the same old (but admittedly delicious) banana nut bread, so I picked out these two recipes:

Banana Loaf Cake II
Cocoa Banana Bars

Neither had a gripping banana flavor to them...I was somewhat disappointed about that...they are both pretty cake-y, and in general taste good but are missing that extra wow factor.

Enter Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting.

I was reading over Frosted Banana Bars recipe and one of the reviewers mentioned her recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting. Last night after I had tasted my creations I thought I should spice them up a bit, so I whipped some up for the loaf cake.

It makes all the difference!

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp peanut butter

I also added some banana extract to the frosting to bring out the banana flavor some more. If you leave out cocoa or peanut butter, reduce the milk a bit or mix it in last till you get the right consistency.

I was really hoping the cocoa bars would be harder more like brownies or a soft biscotti, but they were light and fluffy. It makes an interesting cake, to be sure.

Friday I have to get rid of some old lemons...but I know exactly what I'm going to do with them!
Banana Loaf Cake
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Banana Loaf Cake II
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Cocoa Banana Bars
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May 7, 2009 10:14 am
Yummy! I was looking at the Cocoa Banana Bars and thinking the same thing...I might try this sometime and reduce the flour, maybe tweak to see if I can get something more brownie-like. That frosting sounds good! Thanks for posting!
May 7, 2009 2:09 pm
All three look great!
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I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
My favorite things to cook
In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
My cooking triumphs
I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
My cooking tragedies
dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
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