Monday, July 18, 2011
½ cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, bananas and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased 15x10 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Yields 3 dozen bars.
Friday, July 8, 2011
The local orchards in Lancaster county, Pa are beginning to burst with fresh fruit of all kinds. The season for sweet/sour cherries has just ended. The succulent sour cherry taste is quite evident in a jam that is easy to make. Save this recipe for trying next year.
4 c. finely chopped cherries
1/2 tsp. butter
1 Box Sure Jell pectin
Mix together and bring to a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred.
Stir in 4 3/4 cups sugar and return to a full rolling boil. Boil exactly one minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and jar. When cool, put in freezer for best flavor - rather than canning.
There will be pears, peaches and apples to follow. At Cherry Hill Orchards you can pick your own. Other local orchards having fresh produce would be Kauffman's or Herr's Fruit Farm.
Years ago at the end of the 1700's and till about 1825, nearly every Pa. Dutch farm had cherry trees as a border to their farmlands - separating their land from the neighbors. There were cherry fairs held as a county event. Eventually the town of Strasburg and other villages put an end to these cherry fairs because of rowdy behavior.
There are no longer any festivals with the arrival of the fruits; however, they are a feast for your tastebuds. Why don't you drive out to Lancaster County and do a tour of the orchards or visit the many farm markets and roadside market stands - fill an ice chest to take local farm fresh products with you. Stay over in one of our Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns before heading back home. We'll be happy to help you plan your fruit and local produce tour.
Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast