Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sara Lisa's Iced Banana Cake

This cake is to be a knock off of Sara Lee's Iced Banana Cake. Since making this cake, I can't get Sara Lee's slogan out of my head "Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee", although I thought it was "Nobody does it like Sara Lee", until I did an online search. Truth be told, I have not had the Sara Lee version so I cannot make a true comparison. I mean, I have had a Sara Lee cake, just not the banana flavour in particular.
This cake was very easy to make. I liked the fact that it had very little "fat" added, although the lack of fat was made up for the huge amounts of sugar. For this challenge, my hubby helped me out, I had him run down the street to borrow a lemon from my neighbour as I had left it off my shopping list. A true hero.
The icing called for 3 1/2 cups of icing sugar, and wow it was sweet. Too sweet. In fact, if I make this cake again, I will most likely omit the icing as the cake itself is super moist and delicious. I would even add some walnuts to the cake batter. The buttermilk was a wonderful addition.
So, in keeping with my theme, here are the results from my family. This week I have two guest judges my mother-in-law Wanda and her partner David.
Jerry: "Very good, but the icing is too sweet"
Truman: Didn't say a word, ate the entire (huge) piece, and asked for a second helping
Oliver: Was fast asleep when I served dessert. No comment
Wanda: "Out of this world"
David: "Very good"
Michele: "Yummy, but the icing is too sweet"
I'm very excited for the next recipe!

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Larry TLT Salad

Just delicious. Yummy and so easy to make! To date, I have made several of the salad's from this book, and all have been amazing. I did omit the turkey bacon and will add it the next time I make the salad, but it is not needed if you want to make this a vegetarian dish. The dressing was so good and I thought it would make an excellent accompaniment for a turkey sandwich. Yum!

The croutons were an instant hit with the kids and I'm surprised I even managed to keep a few for my salad. Unfortunately, I was the only one who ate the salad, so there won't be a report from my family this time. My poor hubby had just undergone dental surgery and neither of my kids would have eaten the salad. Will definitely make this salad again.