Chocolate Banana Brownies

Chocolate Banana Brownies I swear to you, these are delicious.

One of the things I’m doing with my baking is remaking recipes (sometimes, not all) to be vegetarian or vegan and many of the desserts I’ve modified to be low sugar.

I have a vegetarian niece, a vegan sister, a lactose intolerant daughter and a boyfriend with diabetes.  So, in some recipes I’ve offered modifications.  THIS is the delicious result of modifications… and I must get them out of my house as soon as possible or I will eat them ALL.  Continue reading

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Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins - Beth the BakerI was looking for a way to use up some buttermilk that I had in the fridge and also wanted to make some healthy, delicious low sugar treats.  I took a muffin recipe and pretty much changed out most of the ingredients to come up with this.  They were very tasty, the BF enjoyed them… and then of course I had to re-make them as I couldn’t quite recall what I had done in the first place.  I’m pretty that way. (Long time saying I have… when someone does something kinda dumb, I will pet their hair and say “you’re pretty… you don’t have to be smart”… to either men or women.. it’s just a joke, don’t get all offended or anything… it’s just something silly I say…. I value smart over pretty any day… but once again, I digress..) Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerSo I have been trying to adjust various recipes to suit various tastes, medical conditions, food preferences etc. for family et al.

Marc Thomas was diagnosed as diabetic last year and so I’ve tried to do some low or non sugar stuff. My sister is a vegan and my niece a vegetarian so I take that into consideration at times.  And my daughter is lactose intolerant (which means she TRIES not to eat it as it’s not great for her but still sometimes does….)  ANYWAY, I’ve been making these cookies for years and they are scrumptious.  Needless to say, the full fat omnivore version is the tastiest (IN MY OPINION) however, they are very good with substitutions… Continue reading

Apple Toffee Cookies

Apple Toffee Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerI have not made these cookies in YEARS…  I used to make them when Katy was young.  Don’t even remember where I got the recipe.  Out of the paper, I think, but then changed it to suit our tastes.

I remember putting it aside as it originally had butterscotch chips in it and my husband at the time (that makes it sound like I’ve had a bunch, doesn’t it?  All Liz Taylor like and stuff.  Hmm I doubt she baked much…)  ANYWAY, he loves butterscotch.  Can’t remember if he liked these cookies though… Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (but it doesn’t have to be vegan if you don’t want it to be)

Vegan Chocolate Cake - Beth the BakerI know you’re thinking that this can’t possibly be delicious, but it is… I’ve included this as part of my “posting things chocolate for Valentine’s Day”.  This cake works for vegans and non-vegans alike…

Here’s what happens in my family for birthday celebrations, etc..

I have two younger sisters and we’re all  good cooks.  So when we have a family dinner, we split the duties – my sisters, my mom and myself all contribute toward the meal (except Mother’s Day where we don’t have to do stuff… or at least not as much…).  Continue reading

Brona’s Banana Cake

Banana Cake - Beth the BakerAbout 15 years ago (maybe less, like I can remember that far back…) my Aunt Laura came to visit and brought a binder for each of us – me, each of my sisters, and my mother and father.  In each binder was some family history.. stories of how my grandparents met (by mail – story later…) some history of our family members along with some copies of old photos (some a little fuzzy..) And my Grandmother’s recipes.  The ones my Aunt had, any way.  When my Grandmother (Bernice in English, Bronislava or Brona in Lithuanian and Polish) had lived in California, my Aunt wrote down as many recipes as she could.

As I’ve said, I’ve decided to recreate my Grandmother’s recipes.  Except the headcheese.  Nobody wants that….

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