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Cherry Banana Bread by @UpsideDownPear

I wanted something new for breakfast. Lately, I’ve been boring eating buttered toast for breakfast. Though to be fair, I haven’t been terribly hungry in the morning. I figured a banana bread would be a good change for breakfast. It’s something that I don’t need to prepare, just slice and eat! There’s nothing better than breakfast that’s ready for you.

Cherry Banana Bread by @UpsideDownPear

It’s been a while since I’ve made a banana bread. For the last one, I used applesauce in the batter. I decided not to use it this time, and went with butter instead. Mostly because I didn’t have any applesauce in the house, and was too lazy to go to the store. I will say that when you substitute the butter for applesauce, you have to be careful of the batter being too liquidy. To keep it simple for multiple reasons, I just used butter.

Cherry Banana Bread by @UpsideDownPear

To spice up the banana bread, I decided to add some fresh cherries. Pitting the cherries is a pain, but not hard (just messy). If you can find pitted cherries, I highly recommend paying a bit more. It’ll save your clothes from stains. The cherries give a nice burst of tartness, but baking them takes any bit out of them. Cherries and bananas are a great combo! Next time you see some cherries on sale, you should pick some up and try this.

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Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I hope you’re having fun (and staying safe!). What should you have to go with that green beer of yours? This awesomely easy Irish soda bread, of course! You should not be scared by this just because it’s called a bread. There’s no yeast, and it’s incredibly easy. In fact, everything is put together in one bowl, and it’s ready in less than an hour.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

This bread is perfect for any stews, corned beef and cabbage, or shepherd’s pie you may be enjoying on this fabulously Irish day. It’s a great bread for soaking up all the sauce or gravy, and also pairs well with soups. I surprised myself with a super savory shepherd’s pie the other day, and this bread was the perfect companion with its crumbly dense inside and crunchy crust.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

One word of caution is that you do not overwork this bread. It is a fairly dense bread to begin with, but overworking it will cause it to become tough. You want to mix the buttermilk in until just all the flour is moist. I found this bread to be quite sticky, so make sure you keep extra flour out for your hands. You’ll need this when you go to shape the loaf.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also add raisins or other nuts and berries to the dough. I might try some in the future, but for now I just wanted to keep things simple. Enjoy this fresh with a hot slice of Kerrygold butter, since there’s just nothing more Irish than that.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread @UpsideDownPear

We’ve finally had the nicest bit of weather that I can remember since before Christmas! It’s been sunny and warm, and I was finally able to go outside with a lighter jacket than normal! I can’t tell you how excited I was to finally go outside with a different jacket. And actually on Sunday, I was able to go out with just a sweatshirt. It was beautiful. It was also an amazing day since I got to spend just about the entire day with my mom! It’s been a while since we’ve been able to get together, and it was a super fun day.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread @UpsideDownPear

Anyways, I had some homemade applesauce sitting in my fridge and some bananas that needed to be either used or frozen, so of course I had to make some banana bread. It’s a bit difficult adding in applesauce since you have to take something out. I made this at least three times before finding the right balance. The first couple of times it came out heavy and waaaay too moist. We kept trying to put in the oven for longer and longer, and it just never felt cooked. It turns out that I needed to add half applesauce and half oil. This was the key to getting the right consistency.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread @UpsideDownPear

This bread also has half the amount of sugar that I’ve added to previous banana breads. The first bite does not hit you with sweetness, but it grows on you and I feel that the chips give it a nice balance. I really like eating this as a snack between meals. I would stick to only 1/2 cup of chips as 1 cup is just over kill. If you add that many, it basically become just chocolate with a side of bananas. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I’m so excited you guys! I got Averie’s (from Averie Cooks) Peanut Butter Comfort cookbook for Christmas. There are sooo many delicious recipes in there and I can’t wait to try them out. I had some old bananas, so I immediately have to make her peanut butter banana bread. If you haven’t been to her site, go check it out! She’s another blogger that’s been a pretty big inspiration for me.  The bread came out amazing! But I did slightly modify the recipe. Averie topped hers with banana slices and peanut butter cups. I didn’t really want to do that, but I still wanted chocolate so I topped mine with a chocolate version of the bread.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I don’t recommend making a chocolate version of the entire loaf as the chocolate section is a tad drier than the rest of the loaf, but it makes for an amazing contrast! These are my favorite banana bread so far (and I can’t wait to make more of them…bought more bananas from Costco). I used a mini bread loaf pan, but you can totally use just a regular bread loaf pan. You would just want to cook it for a bit longer than, like maybe 50-60 minutes. You guys need to make this now.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I know lots of people who are starting life style changes, but this is full of bananas, peanut butter, and dark chocolate…all super good things for you! Just try not and eat the whole loaf and you’ll be fine. I say try because it’s addicting!

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Green Onion Biscuits

I saw a recipe for sour cream cheddar and chives drop biscuits on Pinterest and thought that they sounded delicious.   The recipe was put up by She Wears Many Hats, and it seemed simple enough. I actually thought I had bought a crumbly goat cheese a while ago, and wanted to add it to these biscuits. Obviously, I needed to revise the original recipe just a bit.

Green Onion Biscuits

Turns out that I had bought a soft cheese instead, so no cheese for me. I did have green onions and decided to dice them up and add them to the batter. They give a nice savory flavor and the biscuits are perfect straight out of the oven topped with honey!

Green Onion Biscuits

I recommend eating these biscuits as fresh as possible. If you do have leftovers, I recommend reheating them in a toaster oven. Eating them cold isn’t very satisfying and they get a bit limp when put in the microwave. This is probably one of the few times where leftovers aren’t better.

Green Onion Biscuits

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