Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Banana Cream Cheese Bread recipe

I just tried this recipe recently and thought it was a winner. (after I modified it a bit) If you have extra cream cheese and bananas lying around, make this bread. The only thing I might add are some chocolate chips.

Creamy Banana Bread

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream
cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Cream the butter or margarine and cream cheese together. Gradually add the white sugar, and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the mashed bananas and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and soda; mix until batter is just moist.

Pour batter into a LARGE loaf pan. (or two smaller pans)

3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

True Lemon and True Lime at HOLA

HOLA now carries True Lime and True Lemon. I haven't seen these products anywhere else in Taiwan. They're quite popular now in the States.
If you don't know much about these products, here is some info. I pulled off their website:
For the first time ever, fresh squeezed lemon and lime taste is as simple as a tear of a packet or a shake of a bottle thanks to True Lemon and True Lime, the original crystallized lemon and lime substitutes, in packets and shakers.True Lemon in packets, which has been available nationally for six months, is now joined by True Lemon in a shaker bottle and True Lime in packets and a shaker bottle. True Lemon and True Lime can be used anywhere you would use lemon or lime juice and make the use of these popular fruits convenient and easy.
The packets are great to take to the office, gym, traveling and when you’re on-the-go, and the shakers are made for cooking, baking and seasoning. Each serving provides:

Consistent fresh lemon or lime taste without any mess, waste or inconvenience;

100 percent all natural ingredients including fresh lemon or lime juices and oils;

0 calories and 0g carbohydrates;

No artificial or natural sweeteners;

No preservatives or sodium; and

Offers 25 percent of an adult’s daily Vitamin C requirements.
Also, HOLA carries a great selection of all-natural cleaning products. I like HOLA, especially during the holidays. They have some nice Christmas decorations for sale.