Banana ‘Cookie’ Bars

Hello! The other day I was expecting company, so I decided it would only be right if I baked some sort of good. Of course, my first idea was my quick and delicious cookie bars. I begin to start the recipe and preheat the oven when I realize, we are out of butter. Of course, cookie bars cannot be made without butter, can they? So I decided to try. I used only banana instead of the butter and continued making the recipe. Not sure what to expect, when this beauty of a cake-y cookie came out, I was delighted. No one could stop eating these, and it’s probably more than half the fat my cookie bars are. Of course, that likely won’t stop me from making either again.

Here is the cookie bar recipe copied and pasted and changed slightly to be banana ‘cookie’ bars. 🙂

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Chocolate Chip Challah

Hello! For those of you who go to temple… You know challah. Challah is challah. You either get it right or wrong, there isn’t an inbetween. I hope you enjoy my challah recipe. It is chocolate chip after all. 🙂

For those of you who don’t go to temple but are really curious what challah is… Challah is a beauty. It is like a giant braided roll with a touch more sweetness than usual and has a special flavor that I associate with challah, despite the fact it is just a sweet yeast-y taste. Awesome things about challah that you should know about eating challah: Challah is very good dipped into grape juice. Challah is meant to be teared off (hence the braiding) and shared with others. Challah can be eaten at any time (awesome right?) but is usually served for shabbat (Friday night at sunset to Saturday night at sunset… Jewish holy day). Challah is spectacular. It is food heaven in a bite. Expecially chocolate chip challah. Which I made today.

For those of you GEEKS: Let me tell you something about challah. We were best friends during Shabbat. I know, right? It’s so embarrassing. I don’t even… Whatever. So then during Passover, I started going out with my first unleavened-friend matzah who was totally gorgeous but then he moved to Indiana, and challah was like, weirdly jealous of him. Like, if I would blow her off to hang out with matzah, she’d be like, “Why didn’t you call me back?” And I’d be like, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” So then, for my passover party, which was an all-bread pool party, I was like, “Challah, I can’t invite you, because I think you’re yeast bread.” I mean I couldn’t have a yeast bread at my passover party. There were gonna be unleavened rolls there in their *baking suits*. I mean, right? She was a YEAST BREAD. So then her mom called my mom and started yelling at her, it was so stupid. And then she dropped out of school because no one would talk to her, and she came back in the fall for high school, all of her hair was cut off and she was totally weird, and now I guess she’s on chocolate chips. If you’ve never watched Mean Girls go educate yourself. Now. 

Ok. In all honesty, this is not even my family recipe. I based this off of this Kindergarten Challah recipe. As for the actual braid a beautiful instruction for 3, 4 and 6 strand braiding can be found here as well as my version for the 3 and 4 strand below.

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Accidental Banana Bread

Honestly, I wasn’t trying to make banana bread. It just kind of happened. It was pretty late at night (or I perhaps should say it was pretty early in the morning) and I decided it would be brilliant to use that nearly rotten banana to make a banana treat. So I took out my ingredients and set to work, hoping to make up my own recipe for banana blondies. So did not work. Looking back, I can see exactly why it didn’t work… but I was confused when it was nearing 2 or 3 am and I pulled out a pan of banana bread rather than those banana blondies my taste buds had been itching to try. All well. I may have created my own delicious banana bread in my half awake state… Already, it’s nearly gone and it’s been less then a day.

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Homemade Matzah

So I know I did the poll and I said I would do a baked good but the only problem is it just so happens to be Pesach, or Passover. Of course, on Passover we are not allowed to let any of our bread rise, so a baked good would not do. So I decided to attempt to make matzah for the first year. 🙂 This recipe is adapted from this blog… I highly recommend the blog. I had a ton of fun making this matzah and everyone devoured it!

I changed it slightly based on the ingredients we had and went for it! I used flour instead of  anything special and I did not bother with the 18 minutes because cooking for Passover was insane as is… You could always attempt the recipe with the proper materials and I’m sure it would turnout perfectly, but if not it’s not the worst problem in the world.

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