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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Secret Recipe: Inn at Playa del Rey's Banana Bread

A wise man once said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Here at the Inn at Playa del Rey, we couldn’t agree more! We love cooking for our guests and feel a true sense of joy when they love what we make.

Below you will find our house favorite Banana bread. You may be asking yourself, "How is their banana bread different from the others?" To be honest...we have no idea! What we do know is that this recipe is absolutely delicious and easy to make!

Truth be told, it doesn't get much better than the smell of fresh banana bread wafting throughout your home! 

P.S. Don't forget to post a picture on our Facebook showing us how your banana bread came out!

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium)
2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 10” Bundt or two 8” round cake pans with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until well incorporated. In a Ziploc bag or small bowl, mash the bananas with the baking soda and set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter, mixing just until combined. Add 1/3 of the buttermilk to the butter, mixing just until combined. Add 1/3 of the banana mixture to the butter, mixing just until combined. Repeat steps 4 through 6 until all remaining ingredients have been incorporated. Scrape bowl to insure there are no butter chunks.  Pour batter into prepared pan(s) and bake for 35-45 minutes or until cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and continue to cool completely.

** Baking Tip** You can make your own buttermilk by combining one cup of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice.  

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Secret Recipe: Inn at Playa del Rey’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve ever been a guest at the Inn at Playa del Rey, you’ve most likely indulged in one of our famous chocolate chip cookies - or two! For years, our guests have wanted to know our secret recipe and the time has come for us to share! 

Here at the Inn we love our cookies to be nice and thick, chewy and golden brown but everyone has their own preferences. Below you’ll find a chart you can use to tweak our recipe to make your chocolate chip cookies just the way you like them! 

Post photos of your cookies to our Facebook Page – we’d love to see how our cookies turned out in your oven!

Happy Baking!

p.s. If your cookies don’t come out the way you remember, don't worry- our true secret ingredient is our vintage 1950’s Wedgewood oven!
                           Above diagram provided by Tessa from Handle the Heat

Inn at Playa del Rey 
(Double Batch)
Step 1                   Cream together well:
                                1lb butter--softened
                                1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
                                1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Step 2               Mix in:
                                1 Tbs. vanilla
                                4 eggs--one at a time
Step 3                   Stir in:
                                4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
                                2 tsp baking soda
                                1 tsp salt*
Step 4                   Add:
                                4 cups chocolate chips
Step 5                   Shape into golf ball sized spheres, approx., bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 min. or until nicely browned.  Dough may be chilled overnight, or for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
*salt may be omitted if using a salted butter