Welcome to Worlds Best Bananabread.com

cookietableWelcome to my collection of easy and awesomely good recipes!   (–ps the best bananabread recipe ever is under the ‘breads and loaves’ link above.)

This is where I keep my best baking recipes I’ve collected & fine tuned over some years including the best and easiest banana bread recipe ever.  I hope that you can share in the enjoyment of baking these great cookies and baked goods.

Many of the recipes are simple to make, and suitable for kids to take part and have fun in putting them together.

Enjoy the site and please leave some feedback on how things turned out.

Below, check out my BLOG, & Have Fun!

Mary Dawn.

Curl up with a Valentine’s Cookie

IMG_0012 IMG_0008IMG_0007Every year, we attend a fun family-and-friends outdoor curling event organized by my sister and her hubby. What a blast these events are – the last 2 years a Polar Blast! The temperature after the sun
IMG_0009set,  dropped to -24°C and and the entertainment had only reached the quarter finals.IMG_0919 Yet the extreme cold is part of the charm of the event as people bundle up and congregate, chat, drink and entertain themselves to stay warm. IMG_0010During and afterwards, a massive spread of the most delicious hors d’ouvres, food, drink and desserts welcomes the guests back inside where tales of everyone’s successes and dissappointments are traded over a tasty cookie and glass of wine. This year’s spread was a variety of most of my maintstay cookies with a vintage Valentine card printed cookie as the centerpiece. Check it out, and Happy Valentines Day!

 

 

Merry Christmas Cookies

This year was no less busy in cookieville than any other year. For the family get-together, it was a plethora of chocolate bites, coconut macaroons, lime crescents, pink grapefruit sandwiches, Mexican wedding cookies and more more more. The sugar cookie was a very simple holly berry design in soft white and pink. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for 2016!

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A Tribute to a Teacher

IMG_0764 IMG_0761IMG_0772Recently a friend asked if I could help make an aunt’s birthday a little more special by baking some appropriate cookies. He explained to me that she is a retired teacher, and I had a few good ideas how to make these cookies fitting for a well deserved party for a deserving teacher. I ended up baking some wonderful little apples, and a special schoolhouse cookie which I am told resembles the one room schoolhouse she taught in many years ago.

At the same time I got to use a new product I wanted to try, to help produce a truly red icing.  The new product I got to try out was Americolor which was wonderful to use, and has great colour strength. Also, as a super bonus, there was no discernable bitterness or aftertaste. Check out the result.

The Irwin Classic Invitational Curling Championship

Sometimes an event comes along (quite often actually) which deserves its own theme cookie. IMG_0494So usually around Valentine’s day we attend a curling backyard event in the depths of Canadian winter, which is a lot of fun and brings lots of great people together. This year I made some cookies to go along with all of the fantastic party fare provided by our gracious host and hostess, and I thought I would show them off here. They turned out great! They are, once again, decorated sugar cookies: A flooded standard sugar cookie (the recipe is in the menu above), with a wafer paper image, and finished with a royal icing border piped on. Can’t wait till next year’s event. “Hurry Haaaarrrrrdddd!!”

Happy Valentines Day

IMG_0489It’s here! Happy Valentine’s day has come around and it’s the perfect opportunity for some pretty cookies.  These are easy to make, and look great! They are basic sugar cookies flooded with royal icing, sprinkled with coloured sugar, and a decorative border piped on last.

Setting Up Shop

Summer is over, and after a number of events – wedding showers, weddings, the prom, housewarming party, birthdays – a number of people were very interested in learning how they could place an order for cookies for upcoming special occasions. I’m starting to put together a price list for various cookie designs in standard quantities & combinations. I am also developing a pricing structure for pre-printed wafer paper that you can order, in a variety of different patterns and images, and possibly also allowing customers to send image files to be printed by the sheet. Stay tuned for those features to be added to this site in the next month or so.

Wafer Paper Artsy Cookies

The largest project to date, and the project that had pretty well confirmed the need for a food-safe printer was ‘The Prom’ project. A massive amount of cookies for a massive amount of graduates. Given about 2 1/2 months of lead time for planning and collection of the needed materials, I set to work designing and calculating how much stuff I would have to buy to make it all come together. IMG_1608One of the important components was the wafer paper, inks and design, which I outsourced to my husband. Although we had purchased the printer and already and tested it on a smaller project (a Spaghetti Western themed birthday gig), this would be a significantly larger and more critical job for it; the real deal so to speak. This was the first project where we used the newly created ‘manufacturing schedule’ where we used what we learned about drying time and humidity. Earlier attempts yielded some problems with blistering and adhesion of the rice paper to the royal icing. Those problems were solved with some R&D and the end result was a successful delivery of beautiful cookies.

Inaugural Post & my entry into the world of blogging

Hi, my name is Mary Dawn. I enjoy baking, and have been baking for friends and family for a while now.  If you bake, you know this can be a very time and resource intensive endeavour, but the reward is seeing happy faces, sometimes ooh’s and aah’s, and the spontaneous start of conversations about cookies and more.

I would say I have been baking actively for about 8 years, starting out with recipes I searched out on the internet.  In those days I was mostly making fairly simple cookies for the high holidays – Christmas for example.  Then as time went on I started baking cookies for birthdays and other gatherings also. For a while there I was also baking banana bread loaves (a very simple recipe), which were devoured by everyone who got them.

There were lots of requests for recipes also, so my husband put up a website for me where I published my favourites.  This way, when someone asked for a recipe, all I had to do was point them to worldsbestbananabread.com and they would have everything they were looking for. Over time, this site has been getting a smattering of hits, so I’m hoping those people, wherever they are, are also enjoying those recipes.

Over time, the complexity and variety of the things I brought to family get-togethers grew, and I got the attention of extended family and friends with whom my baked goods were also popular. The more popular type of cookie that got a lot of attention is the printed wafer cookies I started making about a year ago. Those are now the ‘stars’ of the platters I am making and have shown up at proms, retirements and weddings.  When I started these, I was purchasing the actual wafer images, but as my husband pointed out, we were better off investing in equipment and printing our own, considering the volume of cookies I was making.  We now have food grade printing equipment and supplies, and are considering offering a service to print these for others who are interested in making these cookies.

So now you’re caught up to today, and reading my blog.  As I’ve enjoyed sharing my baked goods over the years, I now have the means to share my experiences with you, the reader. I hope you enjoy my blog, and can take away recipes and pointers from it – and possibly relate and share your experiences also.

Bake on!

Mary Dawn