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Bananas Foster French Toast

31 Aug

This recipe is amazing. It’s a recipe of multiple collaborations: Mr. Alton Brown, Ms. Leslie & myself. Dee-lish. Enough said.

Ingredients:

1 cup half-and-half  (I only had whipping cream and it turned out super yummy)

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread

4 tablespoons butter


Ingredients for topping:

1 banana, sliced

1/2 cup rum (We used Bacardi Superior Puerto Rican Rum)

1 cup honey

1/4 cup whole walnuts

Dash of powdered sugar


Directions:

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, 2 tablespoons of honey, and salt. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices.

While the bread is in the oven, get your medium skillet out for the fun part!

On a low-medium setting, lightly cook the banana slices. Add the honey. Heat to a low simmer. Add the rum (yum!). Constantly stir your mixture ensuring nothing more than a slight simmer. Finally, add the walnuts. Stir to combine and keep warm until ready for topping.

Once your french toast is cooled on the racks, plate with toast, topping, and a dash of powdered sugar. YUM!

Gooey Cake

9 Aug

Be warned that this dessert is not for the faint of heart, it’s seriously sweet and rich…and oh-so-good.  I made it for my Momma’s birthday; not a bite survived.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick of oleo – room temperature (I used butter)
4 eggs (2 & 2)
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese softened
2 cups powdered sugar
 
Preheat oven to 350.  Mix cake mix, oleo (butter), and 2 eggs together.  Pour into a 9×13 inch greased pan.  Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 2 eggs together.  Spread on top of the other layer.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Holly’s notes: If you don’t have yellow cake mix, feel free to substitute other flavors. The result is still delicious! Set out the butter a few hours ahead to soften it, but if you forget just microwave it for 10-15 seconds.  Lastly, I’ve made this with and without using a hand mixer—the end result tastes great either way, but it’s much easier with the mixer! Enjoy!

Jacked-Up Banana Bread With Pecans

25 Jul

I froze some overripe bananas a bit ago and have been planning to make banana bread for a while ago.  Today I finally decided to do it and spent some time looking up recipes.  I finally decided to go for a recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen. However, after I decided to make it, I realized that the recipe calls for bourbon and sadly, liquor stores in Texas are closed on Sunday.  I did some quick research and found that 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of vanilla can be substituted for 1 tablespoon of bourbon and went with that (though I’m sure bourbon would have been awesome in this and I can’t wait to make it again and try it the original way).  I also decided to add 1/2 cup of pecans to the original recipe as I am a firm believer that any banana bread is better with nuts (I just added them last).  Below is the original recipe…hope you enjoy!

Elise’s Friend Heidi’s Friend Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread, As Jacked Up by Deb
Adapted from Simply Recipes

No need for a mixer for this recipe — need I say more?

3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3/4 to 1 cup light brown sugar (depending on the level of sweetness you prefer, I always use the smaller amount)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 cup of flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.