I really love baking, especially when it starts to get a little bit rainy and cold. There’s something about having the heat of the oven warm your living space, and the aromas of freshly baked goods spreading through the apartment…

First up, I tried out the Barefoot Contessa’s Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits recipe from the cookbook Back to Basics. I found a copy of the recipe online here so you can check it out as well.

Mix ingredients for the biscuits Roll out the biscuit dough

Top with Maldon Sea Salt

I really loved this recipe. The biscuits came out flaky, cheesy, and savoury. I will admit I was only slightly disappointed, because the best cheese biscuits I have EVER had were at this little bed and breakfast at Apex Mountain. Maybe it was the snowboarding that made them taste better… I don’t know. I think I will play around with this recipe a bit to get it tasting exactly how I remember them. Or maybe I’ll call up the B&B and see if I can get a cheat sheet :)

Barefoot Contessa's Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

These are SO good when they just come out of the oven. They actually keep really nice in the fridge for a few days as well and you can heat them up in a toaster oven or the microwave when you are ready to eat.

In other baking news, I have fallen in love with a new banana bread recipe I have been working on. I originally found it in one of my mom’s cookbooks when I was younger, and have adapted it over the years in university and so on. This is the most recent iteration Try it out and let me know what you think!

The Most Absolutely Delicious and Moist Banana Bread Recipe

3 or 4 extremely ripe bananas (over-ripe)
1 stick of butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons real Vanilla extract (I like Madagascar Bourbon vanilla)
1.5 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 heaping teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon (Cinnamon is really good for you, so I use a bit more, but you can use less if you don’t like it very much)
1 cup good quality dark chocolate wafers
3/4 cup of toasted walnuts, chopped (Just toast them gently at 350 degrees F for about 8-10 minutes)

Toasted Walnuts

1. Cream the room temperature butter with a mixer. Add in the sugar. Mix in the eggs one at a time.

Ripe bananas (should be more ripe) Mush bananas Cream sugar and butter Mix batter

2. Using a wooden spoon, mash the bananas until mushy and relatively smooth. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, and the bananas into the first bowl (with the butter) and beat. This is Bowl A.

3. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a separate bowl. Make sure they are mixed well. This is Bowl B.

Mix chocolate wafers and walnuts

4. Mix some flour into the chocolate wafers and walnuts in a separate small bowl. This is Bowl C.

Fold wafers and nuts into batter Pour into bread pan

5. Mix Bowl A and Bowl B together gently, until smooth. Do not overmix. Then using a spatula, fold Bowl C into the mixture.

6. Grease a bread pan with butter if you have one, or you can use a casserole dish, and gently fold the batter into the pan. Bake for one hour (or until done with the toothpick test) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it rest before cutting! Don’t make the same mistake I did and let your boyfriend get into it too early! :)

Bake until crisp and golden!

I really loved the way this banana bread turned out. It was crispy on the outside but sooo incredibly moist on the inside.

Best Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Does anyone have any of their favourite recipes to share? I’d love to hear some if you have any so I can try them out! :)


In others news, it’s the first game of the regular season tonight for our beloved Canucks! Canucks vs. Flames tonight. Should be absolutely incredible.  Check it out on CBC… I can’t wait!

Canucks Playoffs 06/07

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  1. Mike Says:

    :O Oh my gawd, that bannana bread (a favorite of mine) looks excruciatingly good! Thank you for sharing that recipe – the chocolate & nuts are a new thing and I can only imagine it adds to the win of home-baked B.bread… The specific mixing instructions like the individual adding of eggs would definitely make an impact on the final product, so bonus points for writing that down. I’ve dealt with recipes from mother & grandmother that while technically were ‘accurate’ in the sense of what was put in, but they left out the little things like that (or that ‘extra bit of that ingredient’ they put in for flavor) which resulted in a disappointing recreation.

  2. Jewels Says:

    I can’t wait to bake that banana bread and those chocolate chip cookies. I’ve printed out the recipes and my NewMan is waiting for me to get cracking!

    First. must stop him from eating all the chocolate chips.
    Second. must buy a bread pan!

  3. Emma Says:

    Those cheese biscuits look amazing!! Yum.

  4. TallGuySurfing Says:

    I am totally going to attempt to make your banana bread. It looks amazing! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! LOL

  5. Tales From A Bar Stool Says:

    That looks ridiculously delicious!! :)

  6. Liv Says:

    argh i should know better than to read your blog late at night as looking at all this yummy baking is making me so hungry! especially those cheese biscuits.

    you must be getting psyched for snowboarding season!

    sad about nuck loss but gotta keep looking forward.

  7. Sean Says:

    I’m going to have to e-mail you my address so you can stop by on your way to work sometime next week and drop off a loaf of that banana bread. plzkthxbai.

  8. Jessica Says:

    Allie can I just say I adore your blog! I stumbled across it because of the Twilight mania and just love reading about your cooking concoctions and your travel adventures. You’re an amazingly talented photographer and the videos with you and your friends crack me up. Love what you do- wish I had half as much talent as you!

    PS- I’m also really jealous you live somewhere with seasons. I live in Tucson, AZ- not so much in the way of seasons there :( I hope to move to Washington after college though :)

  9. Dzintra Ingrid Says:

    Hi there…one of my favourite recipes on Pork with Pear and Parsnip…absolutely delicious and I am still raving about it…it is on my food blog http://www.dzintrasdolcevita.blogspot.com Your pics are awesome!!!

  10. Dan Says:

    I would sell my soul for that banana bread.. well maybe not, but I love it with walnuts and chocolate chips! Spread a little cream cheese on a slice and i’ll be your friend for life. Yum.

  11. Deia Says:

    Hey Allie,
    the banana bread is great, especially the combination with the walnuts!!! Here’s one of my favourite recipes: Spanish chicken. I tried it just last week. Just visit my blog at Deiala Photos will be added.

  12. Urban Dweller Says:

    The Canucks lost :( but the pics of food are making me hungry so I think I’ll go and eat now :) I’ll share my mac and cheese recipe with you some other day lol

  13. Rooster Says:

    The banana bread looks RIDICULOUSLY good!!!

  14. Chic Says:

    Nice looking biscuits! (Love any mention of Apex, too)

    Here’s my best recreation of a dish from a favourite local Vietnamese restaurant. Cab be bit hot, depending on how much yellow curry paste you add.

    Vietnamese Curry Chicken

    •vegetable or peanut oil
    •3 big Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick (you can use sweet potatoes). I generally cook about 4 cups of gold slices and add more coconut milk if needed.
    •1 stalk fresh lemon grass, peeled, top removed, cut into 3 cm pieces
    •2-3 cloves garlic
    •1 onion, sliced into thicker chunks
    •2 T yellow curry paste (at Man Lees – use yellow not red)
    •4-6 chicken breast halves, sliced ¼ in.
    •1 can (400 ml) coconut milk (the good brands will have lots of cream on top)
    •½ cup chicken broth

    In large frypan or wok:
    1.Fry potatoes in oil till browned but not cooked through. Remove from pan.
    2.Add a bit more oil and saute onion, garlic, lemon grass a few minutes.
    3.Add chicken and chili paste. Stir long enough to sear the chicken slightly and to ensure the paste coats the chicken.
    4.Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
    5.Uncover and add the fried potatoes and coconut milk.
    6.Cover and simmer gently another 10-15 minutes.
    7.Serve over basmati rice beside green beans seasoned with fish sauce.
    8.Garnish with basil leaves.

    Since you cook a lot of halibut, there’s a good halibut with cilantro and lime dish ( I omit the garlic and do the red onions at the end or they go gray). Someone submitted it to local DFO station recipe book. Here it is online: http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/halibut-with-cilantro-and-lime-recipe.htm

    Make sure you sue low sodium soy as it can get a bit salty.

  15. April Says:

    I love making linguine w/Pancetta cream Sauce in the winter!!

  16. TallGuySurfing Says:

    I made the banana bread last weekend for tailgating at a football game. Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing that recipe!

  17. Missy Says:

    I made it! The banana bread, that is. It was deeeelicious, even though I had to make a few modifications, since I was baking with my friend who is allergic to wheat and dairy. So we made it with almond milk, margarine, dark chocolate chips (%70 cacao) and wheat-free flour (rice, tapioca, and corn starch). My wheat-free version of this recipe didn’t rise as much as the original, but I found a way to solve that problem next time using Xanthan gum. Thank you for the recipe.


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