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Posted by doubleshot2017 on June 4, 2018

Super Moist Pineapple Banana Bund Cake

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog

 

I wish I had a great interesting story behind this bund cake…other than it’s a must have and try.

Banana Babysiting

I must confess that bananas are not my favorite fruit to indulge on…but weirdly I get excited as I wait for the bananas to ripen and bake the best Banana bread 🍞…Yes I know it doesn’t make sense.

Bananas can be displayed on the dinner table and no one will be tempted to eat them unless I make them look tempting to eat…and it would include being inserted  inside a peanut butter sandwich, or Banana Split.

In other words I don’t have to worry that I wont have bananas for Banana Bread…and that makes me happy.

Ready To Bake

The wait was well worth it…and I decided to add a twist to the recipe. I wanted the bread to be extra moist. And I combined the recipe with Pineapple Juice 🍍 and  the add on was perfect.

The juice from the Pineapple gave the bread a wet soft dense  finish.

My Secret! Sour Cream

I believe that what makes my bread extra moist  is adding Sour Cream. If I’m baking there’s a high possibility that sour cream was added.

Better Than Bakery Style 

I’ve tried many types of banana breads and nothing comes close to my recipe. I have tasted dried banana bread, moist banana bread, and lazy made banana bread. Unfortunately none satisfy my taste.

This Bund Cake has a dense texture, melts in your mouth with every bite, and definitely  infused with bananas. It will fulfill every banana bread fantasy you’ve ever had.

And combined with Pineapple it only adds to the joy of experiencing the best tasting homemade Pineapple Banana Bread. Enjoy 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Moist Pineapple Banana Bund Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Loave
Ingredients
Super Moist Pineapple Banana Bund Cake
Upside-down Pineapple Crust
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Loave
Ingredients
Super Moist Pineapple Banana Bund Cake
Upside-down Pineapple Crust
Instructions
  1. Pour Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar and Pineapple Juice, add Unsalted Butter mix with hand mixer. Add Eggs, Sour Cream, Salt, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Nutmeg, Ground Cloves and Bread Flour mix well with hand mixer. Place Ripe Bananas into batter and mix with hand mixer.
  2. Cooking Spray Oil on bottom of Bund Cake Pan, add Unsalted Melted Butter, Pour Brown Sugar evenly on bottom of the pan, and add Crushed Pineapple. Note: Leave Butter out of refrigerator for a couple of hours to soften or place in microwave for couple seconds.
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Posted by doubleshot2017 on May 20, 2018

Food! What Would I do Without You

Food! What Would I do Without You

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog
Your in my mind 24/7…I wake up thinking about you and go to sleep obsessing about you.

Reset

I had forgotten how great it felt to do what literally makes me happy.
For a month I only contemplated the idea of cooking the best tasting dish and over the top for my family…as I laid in bed for hours without having the energy or desire to move one single part of me.
As I laid in bed I would imagine the perfect dish…on some days it would be a casserole filled with a creamy sauce smothered in cheese…and on other days I would invision myself grilling outside and barbecuing the thickest juiciest steak.
These thoughts would bring a smile and transmit momentary positive pleasure…unfortunately they weren’t motivational enough to get me out of bed.
It was unreal…and every day that passed only made me feel sad, unfulfilled, and angry. The thought that I wasn’t even trying to make an effort only added to my negativity.

Unrealistic Expectations 

In the previous month I’d put so much pressure in trying to come up with the best tasting recipe and picture perfect dish. That I had forgotten the reason why I loved to cook.
Sadly my unrealistic expectations and perfectionism only brought stress and breakdown.
I somehow managed to create the fear that my food wasn’t good enough and every dish that I put together wasn’t bringing any type of pleasure.
Don’t Let Perfectionism Stunt You From What You Love To Do

Frozen On a Dream

Unable to understand the problem every part of my daily routine became affected. I had to  push myself every morning to the gym and my positive endorphins would not kick in.
I didn’t want to connect with friends and family. When questioned about my day my response was “I’m fine” and walk towards my bedroom to sleep off the pain of failure.
We Have Total Control…Of The State Of Mind That We Choose to Bring Towards Every Experience

Unexpected Brunch

Never make plans when you’re in a great mood…But maybe this exactly what we need.
An invitation had been arranged with my friend for brunch before my breakdown. I thought to myself “Maybe if I don’t send a reminder text and ignore the invitation…she wont remember”.
That thought totally failed as my friend send me a text that said “We are going hiking Saturday…and we should have brunch the next day”. I replied  “Yes”…knowing that I wasn’t in the mood to do any of it”.
Since she didn’t mention having brunch at my house, I assumed that she had forgotten and was planning brunch at a restaurant because we had friends coming from San Diego.
To my surprise the next message was send as a group message to all of our friends saying…”Hiking on Saturday and brunch at Erica’s on Sunday morning…along with a I’m excited for our weekend and a happy emoji”.
I stare at my phone with a blank wide eye expressionless look.
After a few minutes passed and still feeling a little shocked…I realized that I needed to honor my word and replied, “Yes it will be fun”.

Don’t Put Pressure On Thyself

Specially if your physical and mental well being is not in favor. It’s provably screaming for help!
I had one week for the gathering…and I decided not to worry about it until the day came.
I called my sister and invited her to the gathering. Without giving up any details of how I felt and only expressed how important it would be to have her there.
At that moment I felt like I really needed her…assuming she would be able to miraculously take away the pain.
Alma wasn’t able to make it to brunch…due to work. I was able to hear the disappointment on her voice on not being able to be there for me.
I must confess that we have this strange way of knowing when something is bothering us. I call it..soulmates at heart and I knew she was aware that there was something wrong.
We kept on talking over the phone and even thought Alma wasn’t going to be there for the gathering, she promised to buy some stuff and arrange a beautiful presentation.
To be honest this was the least of worries, but I knew how important it was to her and allowed her to express her plan for the upcoming event. Alma has a special eye for décor and great sense of vision when it comes to planning.
We ended the conversation with an agreement…and a thank you sister on  my behalf.

The Breakthrough

I could go on in detail of how much fun I had while hiking..but I will spare you the details.
Sometimes in life what we think we don’t want..is exactly what we need.
I love my friends they are beyond amazing and I will never be great full enough and be able to express the immense love and appreciation for having them in my life.
Okay I’m getting all emotional just writing this so let’s get back to Sunday morning.
Deep down inside side I felt insecure about making breakfast because I literally didn’t plan anything. Amazingly this mind set worked…I didn’t feel worried about making a great impression and the stress and pressure was lifted.
Minutes later the phone rings and it was my sister. Alma says “I’m going over I got some stuff to set the table, I won’t be there but at least I can do this for you”.
When she arrives we hug and I was more than happy to see her…I didn’t want to let go of her.  Alma hurriedly breaks our embrace and gets right to work.
As I stand there and see her effort to make it extra special… that alone made me feel an extreme sense of appreciation and immense love and respect for her.
The presentation was beautiful…you see I would have never gone out of my way to make it extra fancy or special. I mean I seen pictures on Pinterest and I’ve gone to fancy parties with great décor settings but this is truly not my cup of tea.
Though I will confess it was the highlight of my day. Once I was able to see the final picture not only did a rush of happiness and inspiration kicked in, the desire to cook did as well.
What was funny is to realize the immense pressure we tend to set on ourselves when we have passion for something that defines us. Which brings me to the reason why Alma was upset with me…I forgot to give her the correct number of quest. And we were going to be  short four silverware settings.
I was laughing in silence as I hear her complain and reassured her that it was okay. I told her that it was perfect and felt truly grateful for her support. But she wasn’t having it.
Unsatisfied with my logic she looks at me with disappointment and I realized how important this was to her.
In a way it made me realize my own insecurities with how I was feeling. That we all see things differently and the pressure we tend to set on ourselves is unnecessary.
The people that are part of life’s and truly care for us will see perfection in all our efforts.

Brunch was Perfect

Not only was the food amazingly delicious…the girls were extremely happy with the presentation.
We all managed to bring something tasty to the table…and best of all made our  friendship  stronger.
Wondering if I got my groove back on?
Would you like to be the judge? 😉
Posted by doubleshot2017 on April 4, 2018

Pizza Dough Made Easy

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog

My boys and I, love making pizza.

Making Pizza Fun 

We get really excited in the process …my boys love it when they get to stretch the pizza dough. As for me I have to admit the cheese does it for me…love picking out of the pizza. My boys, and my brother get really annoyed when I do this to the pizza.

The process of making pizza is easy, but the look and excitement in my house is far more rewarding than the actual final result. My boys literally can’t believe that we don’t have to buy pizza, and that we can create our very own…if it was for them I would be making pizza everyday.

Zen of Pizza

It takes basic ingredients, you can always pre-prepare the dough and let it rest for a couple hours or all day.

I started early in the morning all left it eight hours to rest…enough time for my boys come out from school.

To start you have to play and get messy. Knead the dough for about ten minutes until the dough doesn’t feel clumpy…do this at the begging, and after the rising of the dough. I have to admit that after a long day I started releasing some of my build up tension…which made my body feel relaxed after a while. Automatically I started feeling happy.

It was also therapy for my boys as they gathered and asked with a smile, “Where making Pizza?” laughter and positive energy radiated through the kitchen. And theirs no greater feeling in knowing their wont be a battle or debate at dinner time.

No Culinary School Needed

Unless your opening a restaurant, planning to impress an important guest…then this is the perfect recipe for you and your family.  My critics are no food experts and they love me…reason why I can get away with almost anything when it comes food…bare in mind almost but not necessarily.

But I have to admit that this one is a winner for me, simple yet bready, cheesy delicious pizza.

No fancy baking Pizza Stone…though I’m looking into it since it’s becoming a frequent request. And my perfectionist side always manages to condemn me for it while making pizza.

I’m also torn between All purpose flour and Bread Flour…but the awesome part is that you get to decide. I’ve worked with both and All purpose flour is easier to stretch and less tougher to handle.

The Bread Flour is tougher to handle and less stretchier, but the texture is far more satisfying…ask my family.

I made two pizzas using the same dough that night. One pizza was left a little thicker, and second pizza was stretched enough to make it thin. I will have to leave it up to you…depending of how thick you love your pizza.


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Easy Pizza Dough
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. On a bowl add RapidRise Instant Yeast, sugar and warm temperature water. Let is sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add Bread Flour, Salt, Organic Olive Oil after the 5 minutes and knead the dough for ten minutes. Make into a giant ball and with your hands grab what is left from the olive oil that was used, and rub the giant ball of dough. Leave it inside the bowl and cover the dough with Plastic Wrap. Leave it out in your counter until ready to use.
  3. After a couple of hours take out the dough separate to make two large pizza's. Knead the dough again for five minutes and start stretching and forming your pizza. When ready to use pour about tsp of olive oil onto your baking pan, and continue stretching the dough until desire size.
  4. Oven should be at 375 degrees and bake for 20 minutes. NOTES I usually like to make my own thinck pizza sauce...but not this time Prego Traditional Sauce was my best friend for this night. Feel free to add any topings, I used Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
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Posted by doubleshot2017 on March 18, 2018

Super Moist Chocolate Cake

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog

I love cooking cakes…it makes me extremely happy. If I could make a cake for everyone’s Birthday I would…but not everyone is ready for my decorating skills.

I get this warm fussy feeling when baking, everything seems perfect. I also tend to love everything and everyone. I’m filled with happy thoughts and my mouth literally waters throughout the whole process.

Confession I have a box of chocolate in my room. Every night I will indulge on a piece of Chocolate and it’s just a reminder that the day was all worth it.

Cake Décor Fail 

I wanted to design the unicorn cake, and when attempting the flowers I failed miserably. I definitely need culinary school for this or work on it harder. Since the unicorn cake failed, I made it into a flower cake.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out pretty…try to fix it and make the best out of it. And if you fail on plan A try plan B. If both failed then it was meant to be eaten at home…hopefully the cake wasn’t made for someone special because regardless of the design this cake taste amazing. The frosting is delicious and the inside of the cake taste even better super moist, soft, fluffy, bursting with chocolate, and easy to make.

Good Coffee Please

I brewed fresh Starbucks Coffee and trust me you want to add good tasting coffee. I’ve tried some instant coffees and it makes a huge difference. I personally cannot drink some coffee brands. My sister argues with me every morning and says “Erica it’s coffee theirs no difference they all taste the same”  while trying to convince me to drink her brand. The only way I will drink her coffee is if I run out of mine and I’m desperate which happens rarely.

Best Cake

I’ve tried many Chocolate Cake recipes and by far this is my favorite. Quick and easy to make and it taste like it was baked from the best bakery. Super moist and the secret is the sour cream. Cutting into the first slice will be highly enjoyable due to the softness glorious feeling of the cake.

Once you try this recipe you’ll give up trying to find the perfect chocolate cake or maybe not. Either way it tastes sinfully delicious. Enjoy 🙂


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Super Moist Chocolate Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30/31 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Buttercream Frosting
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30/31 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Buttercream Frosting
Instructions
  1. Bowl pour room temperature Unsalted Butter, Brown Sugar, Cane Sugar and cream together for about a minute. Add eggs, Sour Cream, Heavy Cream, Cocoa Powder, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, and Brewed Coffee. Mix all ingredients until nice and creamy.
  2. Two 8x8 Round Baking pans. Spray with cooking oil. Set oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30/31 minutes. Not all ovens are created equal use a toothpick to test. And if theirs no batter on your stick it's ready. Enjoy 🙂
Buttercream Frosting
  1. Bowl add Unsalted Butter mix for four minutes until creamy and fluffy. Add Half of the Powder Sugar and mix with a hand mixer or Baking mixer for two minutes add heavy cream and mix for additional One minutes until nice and creamy. Add the rest of the Powder Sugar and Mix for additional five minutes. If the buttercream is too soft add a little more powder sugar. Note I seperated tree different portions One portion was no food coloring to frost my cake all white. Second portiond I added on small portion of Red Food Coloring to make it pink. Third portion I used a drop of blue to make my flowers two different colors.
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Posted by doubleshot2017 on March 10, 2018

Curry Broccoli Soup

Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog

I had broccoli for days. I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat it all by myself and decided to make Curry Broccoli Soup for the first time.

Vacation mode equals relaxed mode. Since I had a whole day to play…let me just confess not a good thing for a procrastinator like me. And instead of creating the best recipe because I wasn’t on a time clock I did the absolute opposite. Which resulted one of the best choices for this particular dish.

I get more creative on my recipes when I don’t put to much thought and stress.

Curry Broccoli Soup For Days

Literally I made about two litters of soup. And to my surprised I’m glad I did. Now I can eat a cup of soup on a lazy, relaxed, or not in the mood too cook kind of day. Not only was it a tasty, I figured out all the possibilities with this recipe.

I sautéed sausage, turkey patties and poured some of the soup as sauce with a tablespoon of Fresh Parsley…I love Parsley.  And it was the perfect meal after finishing up an interesting book that I’m currently binging on.

Can you possibly imagine what you can do with this soup…I can.

The Story behind the Curry Powder

My fascination with Indian, Mediterranean Cuisine beyond are beyond indescribable.

One of my favorite Mexican dishes is Mole which is prepared in thick sauce and even though the flavors are not similar the texture and the amount of spices that go into these dishes are probably where my addiction comes from.

Many years ago I tried this homemade Mole at a party that I fell in love with, and since then I haven’t found a similar or close enough recipe. I’ve tried different restaurants and I find them unpleasantly flavorless…Reason why I stopped ordering Chicken Mole in any restaurant.

Back to my Curry Dish…just a little insight of why I love cooking with spices. Secretly I’m trying to find the best sauces for all my dishes.

When Nothing Else Matters

It must be my fascination with food that brings comfort at the start of my mornings and ending of my day.

I usually prefer a table and silverware when eating. But on this particular day off I was sitting in my car after listening to an unpleasant conversation at a bookstore. I pulled out my spoon and bowl of soup took the first bite and forgot all the negative feelings that were stirred inside at that very moment.

With a smile I recalled the best part of the day and all the reason to be grateful.

Simple and Basic 

Looking for comfort food then look no more. Sure the list of spices is long but if you like extra spices and spicy food. Then this is the dish for you. Then again I’m literally basic with a unique sense of taste buds.  Enjoy 😉


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Curry Broccoli Soup
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Cups
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Cups
Instructions
  1. On a Pan pour Olive Oil, add Garlic, Onion, and satay for one minute until translucent. Pour Water and let it come to a quick boil.
  2. Add Broccoli, Tomato Soup, Italian Seasoning, Parsley Dried Flakes, Dry Basil Leaves, Fine Sea Salt, Ground Coriander, Curry Powder, Oregano Dried Leaves, Coarse Black Pepper, Smoke Paprika Powder, Ground Ginger, Ground Cumin, Ground Cloves, Tomato Soup, Chile Jalapeno. Cook for 20 minutes
  3. Let it cool down. On a blender Pour the Soup and be careful if still hot. Place a wet rag on top of your blender, because it will pour out if too hot and you don't want to get burn. With the amount of soup it will have to be blended three times. On a separate bowl pour all the soup. NOTES Be careful when using the blender if soup is too hot. Let Curry Broccoli Soup cool down. Storeextra Curry Broccoli Soup to create more dishes
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