Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Today I made Chocolate-Raisin Bread!

1 envelope dry yeast, 1/4C water, 1C skim milk, 2/3C sugar, 3T butter, 3 eggs, 4-5C flour, 12 oz chocolate-covered raisins

Pour warm water (105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) on yeast in a large bowl. Stir until yeast is dissolved.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Mix in about 1C flour.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Mix in sugar.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Mix in 1C milk.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Chop butter into small pieces. Mix into batter.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Add eggs.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Mix in enough flour to form a dough that is a little tacky.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Knead a few minutes. Roll into a ball. Place in a large, greased bowl. Turn ball over once. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Punch down dough. Divide in two. Roll or stretch one half out on floured surface.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Sprinkle half of chocolate-covered raisins evenly onto dough.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Roll up.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Place in greased loaf pan.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Repeat with other half. Let rise one hour. Preheat oven to 325F. Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Chocolate-Raisin Bread

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Today I made Banana Mint Almond Cake!

2T butter, 4 oz slivered almonds, 1/2C sugar, 3 medium bananas, mashed,
8 oz chocolate-covered mints
(Junior Mints or coarsley chopped After Eight or chopped Andes Candies or chopped Peppermint Patties or the like),
2 eggs, 1 1/4C flour, 3/4t baking soda, 1/4t salt

Preheat oven to 350F.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Sift together flour and baking soda. Stir in salt. In separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Stir in eggs. Blend well.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Alternately add dry and bananas to butter mixture, beginning and ending with dry, until just blended.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

In separate bowl, stir together mints and almonds. Stir into batter.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Bake 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and cake slightly recedes from edges of pan. Cool 20 minutes in pan.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

No-Bake Fudge

Today I made No-Bake Fudge!

4C powdered sugar, 8oz cream cheese (fat-free, if desired), 4oz unsweetened chocolate, melted, 1 pinch salt, 1/2C chocolate covered almonds

Mix sugar with cream cheese until well blended.

No-Bake Fudge

Add melted chocolate and salt. Stir well.

No-Bake Fudge

Stir in almonds.

No-Bake Fudge

Pour into greased square baking dish. Spread evenly.

No-Bake Fudge

Freeze 3 hours. Cut into squares.

No-Bake Fudge