When you ask most people: what do you make with overripe bananas? the answer is banana bread 9 out of 10 times

and that is totally valid!

A great homemade banana bread that transforms brown sad looking bananas into fluffy moist goodness is hard to beat especially if you sneak in some chocolate chips or walnuts ūüėČ

My kids LOVE bananas but we still get stuck with a few brown bananas especially in the summer when it’s hot. I usually peel those and save them in a bag in the freezer and when I have enough, I make this bread. It is super quick and easy to make!
and the best part is: all you need is one bowl

No fancy mixer

No mess

The bread freezes beautifully,too.

I usually cut it into slices, wrap each slice individually and freeze them. When anyone is in the mood for something sweet, all they have to do is thaw a slice for an hour, or heat it for a couple of minutes in the oven or grill it in the sandwich press (yours truly is guilty of the last one)

This post is long overdue, this gorgeous cake was our daring bakers challenge for January (I know!) but hey, better late than never ¬†ūüėõ

For the month of January Jelena from A Kingdom for a Cake invited us to start this year with a dreamy celebration cake. She challenged us to make the Esterhazy cake a.k.a the Hungarian dream. What better way to start the year than with a sweet dream?

The January 2014 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Francijn of “Koken in de Brouwerij“. She challenged us all to bake layered cakes in the tradition of Baumkuchen (tree cake) and Schichttorte (layered cake).

tres leches cake A¬†tres leches¬†cake, or¬†torta de tres leches¬†(from¬†Spanish, “three milks cake”), is basically a sponge cake¬†soaked in three kinds of¬†milk:¬†evaporated milk,¬†condensed milk, and¬†heavy cream.The tres leches cake ¬†is ¬†very popular ¬†in many parts of¬†Central and South America.It is sometimes featured in cinco de Mayo celebrations. For this month it was our daring bakers challenge to make one.

The tres leches cake is super moist and decadent -as you might expect- but what is surprising is that it is not soggy. When you make the cake and pour the three milk mixture on it you will think “this is going to end in a disaster, there is no way that this little cake will absorb all this liquid” but it will!The cake’s ability to absorb all that liquid ¬†is due to the fact that the tres leches cake is made of a¬†sponge cake base, ¬†sponge cakes as the name implies are full of bubbles. This distinct texture is why the tres leches is moist but not soggy