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More Food Porn: Grilled Banana Sandwich

Honestly, I should just get a Tumblr account and be done with it.

This was decadent, by the way. In a good way.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

They say (whomever they are) that banana bread is a quick bread. But let’s be honest – it’s a cake. A tasty, scrumptious cake made in loaf pan and served in slices, but a cake nonetheless.

This is a good baseline recipe from which one could improve upon with additional spices(cinnamon) or other pieces of fruits (raisins).

  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

In a smaller mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Add to the dry ingedients and mix together. Whisk in the eggs until the batter has the consistency of wet sand.

Add the bananas and walnuts and mix in thoroughly. Pour batter into a greased 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ (or 6 cup) loaf pan.

Place the pan in the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from loaf pan and serve.

Serves 8 – 10

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Banana Waffles

Sometime, a person needs a waffle.

Our household recently received a rather new waffle iron and it fell to yours truly to give it a test run. Here are some notes if you ever find yourself in a similar position.

1) Spray on oil is your friend, but try not to overdo it.
2) Take the recommended about of batter and add anywhere between 10 – 20% before pouring. An incomplete waffle is a sad thing to witness.
3) Ignore any timer or “ready lights” on said waffle maker as it’s easier to eyeball if a waffle is done or not.
4) Say the word “Waffle” as many times as possible, as it’s a fun word to speak aloud, and has the added benefit of either amusing or annoying any cooking compatriots.

  • 1 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 banana, pureed or mashed

Turn on waffle maker,and allow to come to temperature.

In one bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, melted butter and milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until all of the ingredients are incorporated into a batter. Add the banana and mix in as well.

Ensure that each side of the waffle is oiled or buttered. Ladle the appropriate amount of batter onto the waffle iron, close and allow to cook until slightly golden, about 4-6 minutes depending on the iron.

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Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

banana walnut cakeI said I was going to make it (Actually I implied I was going to make it, but eh, it’s all semantics, right?)

You’re going to need a sweet tooth for this. Not that that’s a bad thing. The sweet and sour of the icing offsets the sweetness of the cake quite nicely. And the bananas add a fullness to the cake which would be missing otherwise.

Also, use bananas which are brown on the skin and slightly bruised on the fruit themselves. Not only are they easier to mush up, but they also have a sweeter flavor than those who come from the unripened green skin.


  • 2 Mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 cup Finely chopped walnuts


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mash the bananas. Using a handmixer, combine the bananas with oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

In a seperate bowl, sift together sugar, flour, baking powder and baking soda. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the banana mixture until completely incorporated. Add the walnuts and mix in thoroughly.

Pour cake batter into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan (greased). Place into oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the top is brown and springs back when touched.

While cake is baking, make the icing by mixing together cream cheese, creme fraiche , butter, vanilla, sugar and walnuts. Set aside.

To serve, place a slice of cake on a plate. Top with icing and garnish with any remaining walnuts.

Serves 16

Banana Cream Parfaits


Ugh.. bogged down by a job search…I’ve been meaning to put this in. It’s really quite good, and it’s based off a recipe found in the March 2004 issue of Bon Appétit.

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon muscovado or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chilled crème fraîche
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and cut diagonally into 1/3 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely crumbled shortbread cookies
  • 6 shortbread cookies (for garnish)

Combine cream, 2 Tablespoons sugar and muscavado sugar in heavy medium saucepan. Add vanilla and simmer until reduced to 1 1/3 cups, stirring often (about 15 minutes). Pour liquid into bowl; chill until cold, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

Using electric mixer, beat crème fraîche and 1/4 cup sugar in medium bowl until thickened and fluffy…set aside.

Whisk chilled vanilla cream until smooth. Divide vanilla cream among six parfait glasses (wine glasses work quite nicely); top each with 5 banana slices. Sprinkle 1/4 cup crumbled cookies over each. Divide whipped crème fraîche among glasses. Top with remaining banana slices. (Can be prepared 45 minutes ahead. Cover and chill.) Place 1 whole cookie in each glass to garnish and serve.

Serves six