The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Best banana bread

What you’ll need:

1 ¼ cups sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (3 or 4 medium bananas)
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of 2 (8 ½”) loaf pans or 1 (9”) loaf pan. In a large bowl mix together sugar and butter. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pan(s). Bake for one hour for 8” loaves and about 15 minutes longer for the 9” loaf or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan(s). Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Cost:
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
butter – $1.75/pound
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
bananas – $2.15
buttermilk – $1.99
vanilla – $2.25
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
walnuts – $2.00
Total – $4.46

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January 17, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bread Pudding

My mother used to make this for us all the time growing up. I just love bread pudding!

What you’ll need:

2 c milk
¼ c butter
2/3 c sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
3 c bread, torn into small pieces
½ c raisins (optional)

Heat milk over medium heat just until a film forms over the top of it. Remove from heat and stir in butter until it’s completely melted and combined. Let cool. In a large bowl combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add cooled milk mixture. Put bread in a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with raisins if you’re using them. Pour the milk/sugar batter over the top of that. Bake @ 350 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cinnamon – $1.85
vanilla – $2.25
sandwich bread – $1.09
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $2.40

January 14, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cinnamon rolls

I made these for breakfast this morning. They’re so easy to make and so delicious to eat! I frost mine with cream cheese frosting (that recipe can be found with my coconut cupcake recipe) but you can use the glaze recipe below if you prefer them less sweet.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl sugar
1 – 2 Tbl cinnamon

2 ½ c biscuit mix
2/3 c milk
2 Tbl sugar
2 Tbl butter, softened
¼ c raisins, optional (sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t. I didn’t today.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan. In a small bowl mix together 2 Tbl sugar and cinnamon and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir biscuit mix, milk and 2 Tbl sugar until dough forms. If it’s too sticky, stir in additional biscuit mix (up to ¼ c) to make it easier to handle. Turn dough onto a biscuit mix covered flat surface. Roll dough in biscuit mix to coat.

Shape into ball and knead 10 times.

Roll into a 15 x 9 inch rectangle.

Spread with butter.

Sprinkle evenly with sugar mixture and raisins if desired.

Roll up tightly beginning with 15 inch side.

Seal well by pinching edge of dough into a roll.

Cut into 1 ¼ inch slices.

Place cut side down on greased pan.

Bake 23 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan. Frost while warm. Makes about 20 rolls.


For simple glaze:

What you’ll need:

1 1/3 c powdered sugar
2 Tbl milk

Mix until smooth.

Tip: Use already made canned vanilla or cream cheese frosting for a quick, no work frosting. If it’s cold, let it warm to room temperature while the rolls are baking.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
cinnamon – $1.85
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $2.18

January 1, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -breakfast items, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, MAIN DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zucchini bread

My grandmother always made this and it’s the only way I’ll eat zucchini!

What you’ll need:

3 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 c oil
2 ¼ c sugar
3 tsp vanilla
2 c grated zucchini
1 c chopped walnuts

Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside. Cream eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar. Gradually blend the two mixtures together, beating well. Stir in the zucchini and nuts and pour into pans. Bake for 40 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 2 loaves.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking soda – $2.28/box
baking powder – $2.38
cinnamon – $1.85
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
vanilla – $2.25
zucchini – $1.10/lb
walnuts – $2.00
Total – $6.82

December 18, 2008 Posted by | -breads, -breads, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment