Winter kicked in again last week.  Sleety, rainy, snowy gross gray weather.  Typically I am a winter girl through and through (the more snow, the merrier!) but living in a dark cabin as a stay at home mom, things can turn into ‘The Shining’ right quick.  To survive, I snuggled up with a bundt cake.  Bourbon, coconut and pecans sounded about right.  😉  

The original recipe from Southern Living uses three cups of all purpose flour and three cups of sugar.  This is a great option if you don’t have spelt flour on hand and don’t give a rip about blood sugar levels. If you make it that way, you might even give yourself an extra day’s shelf life!  On the other hand, you won’t be nearly as cool but I don’t judge.  😉

Finally, isn’t this bundt pan shape lovely?  Our sweet elderly neighbor brought it over for me because she never uses it.  I think it looks like wintery pinecones.  *swoon*

Hope you enjoy!  xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Bourbon Pecan Bundt Cake
A hearty coconut bundt cake with loads of bourbon flavor. Just a light dusting of powdered sugar is needed.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups cups butter, softened
  2. 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  3. 2 1/2 cups sugar
  4. 6 large eggs
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 cup spelt flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup bourbon
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  11. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour the heck out of a 12 cup bundt pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese together at medium high speed until creamy.
  4. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs one at a time until just combined.
  6. Add the flour mix alternately with the bourbon, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat batter at low speed until blended after each addition.
  7. Stir in 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, toasted pecans, and shredded coconut. Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan.
  8. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Enjoy!
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To me, banana bread is a classic, an American staple.  It’s a family tradition, it’s at every church potluck. But… a lot can go wrong with banana bread.  It can be really bland.  It can be too dry.  Sometimes with too much banana or wet ingredients, banana bread can get really rubbery.  This recipe, however is AWESOME!  I adapted it from Jane Soudah’s ‘Delightful Desserts.’ It’s exactly the taste and texture that I wanted in a banana bread and it was super easy.  I can usually take or leave banana bread but this recipe had me coming back for more.  Unfortunately.  Ha!

Hope you enjoy!  xoxo

Mandi

 

 

Banana Bread
This banana bread is a true bread-- hearty but packed with flavor. Long gone are the days of rubbery or bland banana breads. This recipe is a winner!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. butter, room temperature
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 cup mashed, ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)
  6. 1/2 c. sour cream
  7. 1 c. all purpose flour
  8. 1/2 c. spelt flour
  9. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  10. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  11. 1 tsp. baking soda
  12. 1 tsp. kosher salt
  13. 1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan with parchment or spray with non-cooking spray.
  2. In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla, mashed banana and sour cream. Mix until combined.
  3. Add the flour, spelt flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Mix until the ingredients are just combined. Fold in the nuts. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the top is brown and toothpick comes out clean.
Adapted from Jane Soudah's 'Delightful Desserts'
Adapted from Jane Soudah's 'Delightful Desserts'
MandiCrocker https://mandicrocker.com/