day 26: my day, my way, birthday bliss in a bowl (blackberry cobbler)

The beautiful thing about birthdays is that you get to do whatever in the world you’d like to do and it’s the one day you really don’t have to compromise (unless you’re a twin), rationalize or explain. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like one hell of a day to celebrate and look forward to!

I don’t want to do anything really. I don’t want to blow out a candle or have a cake. I’m in no mood for a party. That’s OK! I do however have an absolutely, gut wrenching craving for a cobbler. It’s sassy, classic, Southern and a little sweet … sounds like the perfect celebratory “cake” for my big day.

You know you want a bite ... blackberries ... cobbler ... nom, nom, nom!

You know you want a bite … blackberries … cobbler … nom, nom, nom!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of fresh fruit, washed and prepared (I’m using blackberries, but you can literally do anything you’d like)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for a little luck on top
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of fresh ground nutmeg
  • sprinkle of fresh ground cinnamon

What you’ll do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  3. Add in milk, spices and vanilla extract to form a batter
  4. Melt butter in the shallow baking dish of your choice (I’m using my pie pan for easy scooping) in your preheated oven
  5. Pour batter into dish, followed by fruit
  6. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until batter is set
  8. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or a simply a spoon
  9. Enjoy!

day 21: the only way I’ll eat a ripe banana (bread)

I know, I know … I don’t like to bake, I don’t like bananas … I’m really high maintenance in that way. Ha!

I’ve been meaning to share this one for a while … This recipe was tested on a number of the Nashville Food Bloggers at our very first food styling workshop. Now, I can’t take credit for the photo … that is the craftswomenship of Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil and the actual styling is the work of of Teresa from Food on Fifth. BUT, I will take credit for the tears in baking successfully (no less) from scratch.

Oh, and if you, like me have completely failed at shopping this year for the holidays … I suggest you bake a few of these and smack on a pretty bow.

*Photographed and devoured with raspberry compote, because everything deserves just a hint of decadence.

Don't you want a bite (or slice)?

Don’t you want a bite (or slice)?

What you’ll need:

  • 3 ripe brown (sorry, ripe) bananas … smashed up with a fork
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans (optional, but I did)

What you’ll do:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Combine butter with mashed bananas in a large room temperature bowl
    3. Add sugar, egg, vanilla, spices and baking soda
    4. Add flour
    5. Pour mixture into greased loaf pan
    6. Bake for 45 minutes or until a fork/ toothpick is removed clean
    7. Allow to cool
    8. Remove, slice and enjoy!