Monthly Archives: May 2017

Condensed Milk Limeade

condensed-milk-limeadeSometimes this stuff is called Brazilian Lemonade. You can make it with either lemons or limes, but I really prefer the limeade version.

My sister-in-law is from Mexico. My brother tells me that it almost seems like Mexicans don’t believe lemons exist. Do they even have a word for “lemon?” Because the word for lime is “limon.”

He also tells me that his Mexican in-laws use limes for everything. They are squeezed over almost every dish. They are good for upset stomachs and any number of other ailments. They are great for cleaning your hair. (My own in-laws have their own version of this with the miracle mineral called bentonite. You can brush you teeth with it, lubricate the tractor, and the stuff will clear your heartburn right up.)

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But let’s face it, limes kind of are a miracle. And they taste amazing. Which is why when I made my Brazilian Lemonade, I made it with limes.

Gosh, I love limeade.

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I have a Blendtec blender and I really love it. If you have a regular blender, you can blend this lemonade up really easily, but the Blendtec does a little too good a job of it. So if you use a high-powered blender, pulse gently.

No one wants that bitter pith in their lemonade.

You know what this limeade is good for? Barbecues. And summer afternoons in the garden. And road trips and birthday parties and pretty much any other kind of day you can think of.

Now that I have discovered it, I’ll probably be making it every single day for at least a month.

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Condensed Milk Limeade

A creamy and refreshing citrus drink.

Servings 4 large glasses

Ingredients

  • 4 limes
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 -5 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Wash limes and lemon and rinse thoroughly before using. Remove ends from limes and lemon, and cut into eighths. (Leave skins on!)

  2. Place lime and lemon pieces in a blender with water and sugar. If using a high-power blender such as a Blendtec, Vitamix, or Ninja, pulse the mixutre 6-7 times. If using a regular blender, a longer blending time may be needed.

  3. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher, and discard the pieces left in the sieve.

  4. Add condensed milk, and use a wooden spoon to stir until well-combined.

  5. Refrigerate, and serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

Try to choose limes with thin skins. 

If desired, you can use more lemons instead of limes.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

pb-banana-bread-4bIt’s so rare for me to have ripe bananas on my counter. The Fruitarian eats the whole bunch the day I buy them. I am not exaggerating. He can eat 6 bananas in one 24-hour period and be very happy.

I’m personally not a fan of eating bananas plain. I much prefer to bake with them.

I thought about remaking my beloved Chocolate Banana Bread. You cannot go wrong by adding chocolate to bananas. I remember how much I enjoyed that one. But, I always want to try something new and different, and share the whole thing with you, so I started brainstorming other ideas.

I thought seriously about adding another fruit to my bread, like blueberries or cranberries. I still might do that sometime in the future. But, I don’t know, I’m just not really a fruit person. What kind of person am I?

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I’m a person who loves chocolate. And peanut butter. And, ding! The beautiful idea for this bread hit me like a flash.

It’s sort of poetic, really. I smeared my Chocolate Banana Bread with peanut butter. Now I can smear my Peanut Butter Banana Bread with chocolate spread.

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Boom, baby! That’s a winner.

The only real struggle I had with this bread was that I couldn’t taste the peanut butter as strongly as I had hoped. It’s there, but it’s faint.

I did really enjoy this with butter and honey, but the slice I covered in a generous helping of Nutella was for sure my favorite.

Be sure you bake this thoroughly. Mine was slightly underdone in the center, although the top was quite brown and crusty. I wish I had given it 5 more minutes.

But I was in a hurry. I had to go back to the store for more bananas.

 

Buy the spreading knife you see above, here!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

A banana quick bread with peanut butter.

Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 1 loaf
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Place butter, peanut butter, and sugar in a large bowl and cream together.

  2. Add eggs, peeled bananas, and sour cream and mix well.

  3. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix quickly. Add flour and mix just until combined.

  4. Prepare a loaf pan by lining with wax paper or parchment paper, or coating well with non-stick spray. Pour batter into loaf pan.

  5. Bake at 350F for 55-65 minutes. Top should be quite brown, and a toothpick inserted near the center should come out mostly clean.

  6. Let cool before slicing.