William Shatner's Banana Nut Bread
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon yogurt
3 ripe bananas
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped nuts
Cream together honey, butter, eggs and yogurt. Mash bananas well with fork; stir in baking soda and set aside.
Mix together flour, bran, salt and remaining mixture. Add bananas; mix thoroughly. Stir in nuts. Pour into buttered 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake in 350 degrees F. oven for 1 hour or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on rack. Makes 1 loaf.
William Shatner's Cappuccino Chip Muffins
2 cups flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk gently to mix.
In a medium bowl, beat egg lightly. Whisk in milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour in milk mixture. Stir just until evenly blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Divide batter among 12 greased muffin cups. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Serves 12.
William Shatner's Deluxe Hamburgers
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced Bermuda onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup dry red wine (Use quality domestic vintage either Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon)
8 cleaned mushroom caps
1/4 teaspoon thyme
4 slices aged Cheddar cheese
Place in mixing bowl meat, onion, garlic, thyme, wine, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly with the fingers. Divide into 8 parts, form meat into patties 1-inch thick. On each of four patties place slice of cheese and two sliced mushrooms. Cover with remaining patties sealing edges together carefully. Broil over charcoal fire to desired doneness. (Or pan broil in cast-iron skillet on top of stove by heating ungreased skillet until red hot. Scatter surface with generous sprinkling of salt. Plunk in hamburgers, broil over high heat, turning once.) Serve patties alone with thick slices of beefsteak tomatoes or placed on toasted split English muffins. Adorn with a choice of condiments (catsup, hot mustard, pickle relish, chutney, chopped onion, bottled Escoffier sauce). Makes 4 generous servings.
William Shatner's Steak Picado
2 pounds lean top sirloin steak
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 green peppers
1 large Bermuda onion, peeled
4 ripe tomatoes, peeled
2 teaspoons chili powder
Pinch of dried oregano
1 clove garlic, pressed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut up peppers, onions and tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces. Saute in 1 tablespoon olive oil until onions are transparent. Cube steak into bite-sized chunks; sear meat quickly in separate pan rubbed with olive oil until meat is brown outside, but rare inside. Add vegetables, chili powder, oregano and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper; mix well. Cover, simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve at once with side dishes or rice tortillas and green salad tossed with vinegar-oil dressing and dry red wine. Serves 6-8.
William Shatner's Veal Piedmont
4 thin slices of veal cut from leg (suitable for scallopini)
4 slices proscuitto (or boiled) ham
4 slices Swiss (or Gruyere) cheese
1/2 cup bottled Italian salad dressing
Sandwich slice of ham and one of cheese between two slices of veal. Secure ends with string. Marinate overnight in salad dressing. Grill over hot coals six or seven minutes on each side. Remove string before serving. Serves 4.