The ripe bananas have been sitting on the counter calling to me for a few days. I finally got around to making banana bread and we've all been scarfing down this amazing bread all afternoon. We can't seem to stop eating it! Merrick was my assistant cook. He "reads" the recipe to me as well as any three year old can and he dumps the food I measure into the mixing bowl.
I used my usual plain old banana bread recipe, but I decided a few spices would be fun. I added a bit of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a tiny shake of ground clove. Of course, I didn't measure any, but it really was just a taste of each. That's just how I cook, if no one has an exact recipe. I also add chocolate chunks because I don't love nuts in baked goods. Then the party started. I found this recipe and made the cream cheese filling for it. The egg in the cream cheese kind of threw me off. To me, cream cheese is mostly for bagels. Who mixes it with raw eggs and bakes it? Very smart people, let me tell you!
First, I used the small and medium Pampered Chef scoop thingies to make muffins. One medium scoop of batter, one small scoop of filling, topped off with about half of a medium scoop of batter. Then I still had plenty for a large loaf of bread. I did the same thing in the loaf pan; batter, filling, batter.
Four out of five loved it. Malachi refused to even try it. His loss and the more there is for us! Now I think I've eaten too much to exercise tonight!