Today Vu planned a very nice excursion to Laguna Beach since we had the day off. After lunch and hours of walking, we decided to stop by 85˚C Bakery Cafe in Irvine before heading home. The first time I came to 85˚C Bakery Cafe was when my parents visited us for Christmas. As soon as Vu drove in the parking lot, I ran to the back of the line. There were about 20 people ahead of me waiting for their 85˚C fix. The line moved relatively fast and within 10 minutes, an employee gave me the ok to enter. I picked up a tray and tongs and made my way through the bakery knowing exactly what I wanted. We were lucky enough to get two of their most popular items, taro swirl bread and brioche loaf, along with our other favorites. Fresh out of the oven, the brioche loaf was light like a cloud with a hint of sweetness. On the other hand, the taro swirl had a nice crunch and perfect balance of bread and taro. Everything was ABSOLUTELY amazing! Even the sea salt coffee! Known for its excellent selection of pastries, cakes, drinks, and coffee and reasonable pricing, 85˚C Bakery Café has become quite popular among Southern Californians. If you are in the area, give this bakery a try and it might end up being one of your favorite places. 85˚C Bakery Café has become a favorite stop for both Vu and me.
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I am so excited the weekend is finally here! And I have time to cook! When I came home from work, the fragrance of our week old bananas hit my nose, and I decided to make banana nut bread. To me, banana nut bread is comfort food. You can have a slice for breakfast, with vanilla ice cream as dessert, or a midnight snack. Banana nut bread tastes most delicious right out of the oven. If baked correctly, it should be moist with a hint of sweetness. Many years ago, I discovered the secret to retaining moisture in the banana bread is cream cheese. Who would have thought?! Well, whatever way you like your banana nut bread, enjoy!
Banana Nut Bread Ingredients1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas (about 3-4 medium bananas) 2 eggs 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 2 tsps Calumet baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 2 tsps vanilla extract 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
Pour into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan and sprinkle some crushed walnut pieces on top.