Banana pudding holds a special place in my heart. It was one of the first things I made with my husband when we were dating. It’s incredibly easy to make and there is almost no way to make it not taste delicious.
That’s why when I was assigned Wendy from “A Day in the Life on the Farm” for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, my decision was easy. Wendy and her husband Frank are retired police officers that escaped the city and live on a 12-acre farm. She made this pudding for brunch after Christmas which reminded me that it’s a great crowd pleaser. It fit the bill perfectly for my brother-in-law’s girlfriend that was visiting from out of town for a dinner party at our place.
It’s impossible not to like banana pudding! It’s absolutely delicious. To elevate it a little bit more I drizzled some salted caramel sauce on top. I served these in highball glasses as dessert. I can also attest to the fact that they are good in the morning because I ate all the leftovers for breakfast the next day — Wendy was smart serving this at brunch!
Banoffee Pie is one of my favorite desserts. It’s a simple combination of bananas and toffee that together taste, as a whole, more than their parts. I’ve only seen a few banoffee “in the wild”, and whenever I see it I snatch it up.
That’s why when I was browsing Christie’s site “A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures” for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I knew I had to make the Bannoffee Danger Pie. Not only do I get to eat one of my favorite desserts, but I also get to learn how to make it. Calling it a recipe is a bit of a misnomer. I took some shortcuts and what follows below is more similar to assembly instructions.
Wondering why it’s called “Danger Pie?” From the source:
Why “danger”? Glad you asked. Danger is this pies middle name not only because is it tasty and calorically sinful but its also incredibly easy to make! A dangerous combination. If you are on a diet, avert your eyes.
You would think pouring a whole jar of caramel into a pie would make it far too sweet, but this is a case of “sum of its parts is greater than it whole.” The bananas and cream cut the caramel to the perfect level of richness.
I attempted to make a non-dairy whipped cream topping using coconut cream and it worked perfectly – except I let it continue to whip while I poured the caramel and it separated. I left half of the pie plain for my friends and family that are dairy sensitive. I also baked up a few of these as mini-pies and they were irresistible.
Head on over to A Kitchen Hoor to see what else she has, including: Emeril-famous Sweet Potato Skins, Creamy Jambalaya Pasta, Vanilla Cupcakes with Blackberry Curd, and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies.
Somewhere between egg nog and coquito, this drink is one of my favorites to have during the winter season. Even though it is served cold, the spices are very warming.
This version is upgraded a little bit with the addition of a premium liqueur called Banane du Brésil by Giffard. I first tasted it at Repeal Day Ball 2013 and was lucky enough to receive it as a Christmas present from my fiancé. He had to travel all over the DC area since this liqueur is no longer distributed in the area. Thankfully he was able to find one bottle, tucked away in a forgotten dusty corner at Ace Beverage. When combined with Wild Turkey 14 Year Bourbon, it tastes like a bit like a grown up liquified bananas foster.
Banana bread, like Zucchini Bread, is basically an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. Because of the addition of fruit, a slice of this bread can be justified at any time of day.
I completely overlooked this article about Julia’s Banana Bread in the March issue of Bon Appétit until I saw it pop up on fellow hapa foodie Erica’s blog Cannella Vita. After reading her post, I rummaged through the magazine and read the article and was convinced to attempt the recipe.
My family is from Maui and the first time we visited Hawai’i we made the trek down the road to Hana. I remember seeing this green shack, but didn’t know that it hid delicious treats. Next time I go to Maui (for my honeymoon!), I’ll be sure to stop by Julia’s to try some banana bread. My hometown, Pai’a, is the “last stop” on the way to Hana, so I have absolutely no excuse.
This banana bread is a great slice of comfort in the cold, chilly mornings of Winter (when the recipe was originally posted in Bon Appétit), but it works equally as well on the sticky summer days we’ve been having recently.
I sprinkled the top of the bread with some raw sugar I picked up the last time I was in Hawai’i and added in some whole wheat flour to boost the healthiness so that it’s even easier to justify that second slice. The bread looks even more inviting on this tie-died, honu printed sarong I picked up from Pai’a when we were there last.