Cocoa Banana Bread

This recipe from Dorie Greenspan is da bomb!

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 c cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 8 tbsp butter, soften
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 c buttermilk
  • 3 oz chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan.

Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in buttermilk. Stir in dry ingredients and bananas. Stir in chocolate chips.

Poor into a loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes, then cover loosely with foil, then bake for another 40 – 55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool 20 minutes then release from pan.

Serves 10 – 12.

Corn Cakes with Proscuitto

2 cup corn, frozen is fine

1 c four

2 eggs

1/4 c cilantro, chopped

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp baking powder

Salt

4 oz baby spinach

1/4 c sun dried tomatoes in oil

12 slices proscuitto

Place corn in a food processor with eggs, flour, cilantro, cumin, baking powder and salt. Pulse to combine.

Heat a griddle over medium heat and cook 1/4 c pancakes 3 min on each side.

Toss spinach, tomatoes and a little oil in a bowl. Place on top pancakes and drape with proscuitto.

Serves 4.

Spinach Ricotta Pies

8 oz baby spinach

10 oz ricotta

1 egg

1/4 c grated Parmesan

2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

Pepper

1 sheet puffed pastry, defrosted

Preheat oven to 425. Place spinach in boiling water for 5 seconds, drain and squeeze dry. Mix with ricotta, egg, Parmesan, dill and pepper.

Cut puffed pastry in half, spread each half with the mixture and press edges together to seal.

Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Serves with a green salad.

Serves 4.

Pasta with Scallops and Lemon Butter

7 oz fresh pasta

2 oz butter

1 tbsp oil

2 tsp lemon zest

2 tbsp lemon preserved lemon, minced

1 lb scallops

1/2 c parsley, minced

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta al dente.

Melt butter and oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add zest, preserved lemons and cook until soft. Add scallops and cook 1 min per side. Toss with Pasta. Stir in parsley.

Serves 4.