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Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Easy Banana Bread
When a recipe has so many stellar reviews, I rarely bother with the low-star comments - but in this case, I wish I had, as the problems I had with this banana bread were exactly echoed by other members. I halved the recipe and followed it exactly, and my bread took 1 hour 40 minutes to bake at 300 degrees - as a result, it was too dark on the outside and the very middle was still slightly underdone. After looking at 10+ other banana bread recipes, I notice that the vast majority called for being baked at 350 degrees. Most also added baking powder to the mix, which this recipe lacked. The flavor is good, though not quite as rich with banana flavor as I like, and the ingredients are convenient so I may try it again. But I would add 1/2 - 1 tsp of baking powder and bake at 350 degrees for 50 - 60 minutes. The recipe, as written, just doesn't work for single batches.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2011
Buttery Soft Pretzels
These were truly excellent, with a few tweaks. In place of the active dry yeast, I used 3 tsp of instant yeast, mixed with the dry ingredients. I used 2 cups all-purpose & 2 cups whole-wheat flour (4 cups total), and I substituted vegetable oil for light olive oil. Unfortunately I found that the other reviewers were incorrect about adjusting the oven temp - I tried 10 minutes on 415 degrees but my pretzels were not done in the middle. Next time I'll try what the recipe recommended - 8 minutes at 450 degrees - and hope for the best!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2010
T. T.'s Cookies
These cookies are incredible! I substituted the 2 cups of chocolate chips for 1-1/2 cups of swirl chips (white chocolate + semi-sweet chocolate). I didn't have any peanut butter cups on hand, so I just added an additional 1 tbsp. of reduced fat peanut butter. I baked them for 14 minutes and they came out perfect -- even better the next day! Not only that, but this recipe made almost 4 dozen cookies! Mmmmmm! So chewy and delicious, with a perfect peanut butter flavor. 5 stars!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2005

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