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Chocolate and Marshmallow Camp Bananas over the coals

Bananas with Chocolate and Marshmallows

Bananas with Chocolate and Marshmallows

This is one of those recipes that I am not even sure can be called a recipe.  I am not sure where or when I first saw or ate this but it has been part of our barbecue (braai in  my home language, Afrikaans)-repertoire for a very long time now.  I thought that most South-Africans were relatively familiar with this way of making a quick not so fancy pantsy dessert.  Turned out I was wrong!  I wanted to make this, this past long weekend on our trip away to a farm with some of our friends, when more than half indicated that they have never tried bananas with chocolate made on the grill.  Serious gap in their upbringing!  Unfortunately we rained out before being able to make this delicious, oh-so-easy treat on the coals.

Bananas with Chocolate and Marshmallows

Bananas with Chocolate and Marshmallows

In the mean time we fixed this batch over the weekend at home.

bananas with chocolate and marshmallows over the coals

bananas with chocolate and marshmallows over the coals

This is really a no-nonsense dessert that can be whipped up in minutes.  Perfect for that lazy weekend when you don’t want to do anything but kick back and relax!  Because this requires little cooking utensils (just a cutting board and knife) this is also perfect camp-food.   The chocolate and marshmallows melt and ooze together with the warm banana, making this a very simple but tasty,  sweet treat.

melty, oozy, chocolate bananas

melty, oozy, chocolate bananas

This is definitely one the most fiercest critics , my children, approve!

My fiercest  critic approves

My fiercest critic approves

This recipe serves 4 

Recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 4 large bananas
  • 100 g slab of milk chocolate or more if you are like me, not going to be able to resist popping a few in your mouth while preparing the bananas
  • 4-6 large marshmallows  sliced  or more …… help yourself!
Method:
  • Make a long slit lengthwise into the banana, careful not to cut all the way through the peel,  and fill with blocks of chocolate and slices of marshmallow (you can also use  small marshmallows, they are just not so readily available in our shops)
  • Place on the grill over warm coals (not too hot) and grill in the peel until all the chocolate has melted, the marshmallow has turned gooey and the banana has cooked through.  You will notice that the peal will have turned black.
  • Turn the banana out of the peal with a fork being careful to resist until it has cooled slightly to prevent burning.
Fluffy Marshmallows

Fluffy Marshmallows

chocolate and marshmallow bananas

chocolate and marshmallow bananas

Pistachio-, Choc chip- and Oats with White Chocolate and Cranberry Holiday Cookies

In less than a week we will be packing our car, locking our house and heading off to the seaside for the Easter Holidays.   It’s been a long-standing tradition in our house to take along a tin of rusks and biscuits to nibble on.  Here is what I have filled our cookie-tin with.

Holiday cookies

Pistascio-, Choc Chip- and Oats with White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies.

I only use real butter and genuine vanilla extract when I bake.  Once you have tried it you will never look back to the ordinary block of margarine  and artificial vanilla.  Remember to always buy the absolute best ingredients you can afford and can get hold of.Holiday Cookies

I have found these recipes on a few nifty pages on the net.  It didn’t take too much persuasion for me to make the following:

  1. Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

I really enjoy the green color and the lovely aroma these cookies have!  I bought the ready shelled Pistachios from Woolies and ground them in my food processor. These greenies are light in texture and practically melt away in your mouth.  They are quite fast to make as well, which is an added advantage when you don’t want to slave the whole day for something sweet and delicious.  I got approximately 24 biscuits from this batch.

Recipe

( Adapted from Taste .com.au)

 Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of shelled pistachios (150g)
  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar (sifted)
  • 1/3 rd cup of cake flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp icing sugar
Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°c  and line two baking trays with baking paper or silicone sheets
  2. Place 3/4  of  pistachios in a food processor and process until finely ground
  3. Add flour and 1/2  cup of  caster sugar and pulsate a few times to mix well.  Transfer to a mixing bowl
  4. Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form and gradually add the remaining caster  sugar
  5. Place heaped teaspoons of the mixture on the baking sheets and sprinkle the remaining pistachio nuts on
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.   Remove from the oven.  Let it cool down for a few minutes before placing on a wired rack to cool down completely
  7. Dust with some icing sugar

  2. Choc Chip Cookies

Choc Chip Cookies

Choc Chip Cookies

O sweet joy! Crunchy, buttery cookies with melty chocolate chips!  Choc Chip Cookies extraordinaire! My favorite, any time of the day!

Recipe

I adapted the following recipe from Betty Crocker.   The original recipe made 4 dozen. I halved it so I would only get 2 dozen.

Click (here) for the original recipe

Ingredients:
  • 95 ml white sugar (1/4 cup+2 Tbsps+1 tsp)
  • 95 ml brown sugar (1/4 cup+2 Tbsps+1 tsp
  • 125 ml soft salted butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 free range egg
  • 280 ml cake flour (1 cup+ 2 Tbsps)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of roughly chopped nuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line baking tray with baking paper or a silicone sheet
  2. Beat sugar, butter,vanilla and egg in a large mixing bowl with an electric beater
  3. Stir flour and baking powder with a balloon whisk
  4. Add to the butter mixture and stir well until stiff dough forms
  5. Add choc chips and nuts and stir in
  6. Spoon tablespoon size dough onto baking sheet.  Place them 2 cm apart from each other
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until light brown
  8. Remove from the oven.  Let it cool down for a few minutes before placing on a wired rack to cool down completely

  3. Oats ,White Chocolate Chips and Cranberry Cookies

Oats with white choc chips and cranberries

Oats with White Choc Chips and Cranberries

These cookies are filled with the goodness of rolled oats and cranberries.  They are chunky, slightly chewy and really tasty with the sweetness of the white chocolate chips that contrast  with the tartness of the  cranberries.   This recipe makes about 24 yummy cookies.

Recipe

Adapted from taste.com.au

Ingredients:
  • 150 g of butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 free range egg (room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line baking tray with baking paper or a silicone sheet
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until light and creamy
  3. Stir flour and baking powder with a balloon whisk together
  4. Add the oats choc chips and cranberries and mix in
  5. Spoon tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet.  Flatten slightly.   Place the cookies 2 cm apart from each other
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until light brown
  7. Remove from the oven.  Let it cool down for a few minutes before placing on a wired rack to cool down completely
Home Made Cookies

Home Made Cookies

pistachio cookie

Pistachio Cookie

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cappuccino Muffins

There are little things in life that makes me as deliriously happy as the smell of something chocolaty rising to the occasion in my oven! Oh sweet joy!  The smell of freshly baked chocolate  goods is enough to send me over the moon and back.

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