HEALTH: The Cuisine Queen, Alyssa Dawson

Miss Alyssa Dawson is taking the foodie blogging world by storm. Her endearing and delicious blog, Cuisine-Queen.com, is a site worth checking out. What sets her apart from the rest? Not only does this beautiful blonde dine and report on Vancouver’s finest restaurants, but she also cooks and bakes herself – exceptionally well too!

Alyssa is a friend of mine, and I have tried quite a number of her delectable creations. One that sticks out in my mind is her recipe for Banana Bread (or Cake, as she likes to call it). This recipe is seriously deserving of royal status. I make this Banana Cake all of the time, and thanks to Alyssa, there are never any leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 C All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsp Oat Bran
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 C Margarine
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 2 Large Bananas
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 C Buttermilk (If you don’t have this, add 1 tsp of lemon juice to the same amount of skim milk.)

Cream Cheese Frosting (optional)

  • 1/2 C 95% Fat-Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C Becel (or other heart healthy margarine)
  • 1 & 1/2 C Icing Sugar (to desired sweetness)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
Directions:
  1. Lightly combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in a medium size bowl.
  2. Mash bananas in small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat in sugar, margarine, mashed bananas, and half of the buttermilk (1/8 cup) to the dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and the remaining half of the buttermilk to the dry ingredients which should already be mixed with sugar, margarine, mashed bananas, and half of the buttermilk. Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute.
  5. Grease a 9 inch round baking pan, lightly coat it with flour (dump excess).
  6. Spread the cake mixture evenly in the pan.
  7. Bake in a 350 Degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes, then another 5 minutes at 300 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan to cool completely.
  9. Using a knife with a serrated edge, cut the cake in two halfway up.
  10. With a spatula, mix icing sugar, cream cheese, margarine and vanilla in a bowl. Adjust for desired level of sweetness.
  11. Spread frosting on top of first half of the cake. Place the second half on top and spread the rest of the frosting until covered.
  12. Slice and enjoy!
The Cuisine Queen, Alyssa Dawson
Make sure to check out her other recipes and local hotspots on her website:
Twitter:Β @A_C_Dawson
*Recipe and photos by http://www.cuisine-queen.com, & Natalia Anja Photography
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