Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pineapple Coconut Banana Bread Recipe

I was craving something tropical and sweet made with my favourite fruit (pineapple) and this moist and flavorful creation totally hit the spot. It's a perfect summer morning breakfast with coffee, or served warm with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh sliced pineapple.




















Ingredients (I used mostly organic)

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup mashed bananas (3 small)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
Sweetened dessicated coconut to sprinkle on top (optional)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Butter two 8 or 9 inch loaf pans (I split the batter into two, instead of making one tall loaf)
3. In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and butter, then stir in almond and vanilla extracts.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baing powder and baking soda, then stir in unsweetened coconut.
5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in diced pineapple.
6. Pour batter into loaf pans, sprinkle tops with sweetened coconut if desired, and bake for 40-45 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean).
7. Serve, share and enjoy!

Laurelle

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Virginia Beach

Here are a few pictures from our trip to Virginia Beach where I was maid of honor for my gorgeous BFF's wedding. There is nothing more rejuvenating than the ocean and a beautiful sunset.


Beach wedding bliss.



The beautiful bride designed and created our stunning foot jewellery. Beach weddings render footwear completely unnecessary. 


The view along the main boardwalk in Virginia Beach.




Private hotel beach.






View of the ocean from the balcony.


Evening bevy of choice for the trip. I swear someone channelled my essence when they named this wine. 



Morning bevy and chill spot of choice. We learned an important lesson my friends; put on sunscreen even if it is only 8am and you don't think you need it. It is never too early for coffee and never too early for sunscreen.


Breathtaking...









Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day!


Enjoy some good food and sunshine today!






I need a vacation like nobody's business. I'm sipping white zinfandel as I get organized to leave for Virginia Beach on Monday. Can't. Wait. 

Images from LCBO Food and Drink, Style At Home

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