- Oh Sweet Day‘s Coconut Banana Cream Pie combines the flavors of two popular cream pies into one delicious dessert. The pie recipe starts with a tender toasted coconut crust that is baked and cooled while the filling is prepared. The crust could go with many different fillings, but pairs perfectly with this banana cream. The filling is made with whipped cream and cream cheese, so it requires no cooking, but has a rich, creamy consistency. It is also loaded with fresh banana slices.
- Banana bread is always a good use for overripe bananas, but the Banana Bread Donuts from Hill Reeves might be even better. These cake donuts are loaded with mashed bananas and seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Unlike regular banana bread batter, this produces a thick dough that can be rolled out and cut into neat rounds. The donuts are then ready to be fried and eaten. If you want to keep things simple, toss them in a cinnamon sugar mixture before serving, but a chocolate glaze will give them a polished look.
- Another deep-fried delight comes in the form of the Cookie Rookie‘s Fried Brownie Truffle Bites. These start with leftover brownies (or simply brownies you haven’t eaten yet!), which are mixed with cream cheese and chocolate chips and shaped into balls. The balls are dipped in a batter and fried until crisp. Unlike the donuts above, these are best served as an afternoon snack or dessert, rather than for breakfast!
- Raspberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven that never goes out of style and Flour Arrangements‘ Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes use plenty of both. The cupcakes use both unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder to give them a deep, dark chocolate flavor, and a handful of chocolate chips added to the batter before baking ensures that you’ll get plenty of chocolate in each bite. The batter includes both raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberries, for a strong berry flavor. The finished cupcakes are topped with a naturally pink raspberry buttercream that makes these a perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
- One way to make better cocktails at home is to make your own syrups and mixers, rather than relying on bottled sour mix. Homemade syrups give you more control over the ingredients and generally taste fresher and more flavorful. Over at Modern Tiki, I shared a recipe for Homemade Coconut Orgeat Syrup, which is a fun way to add a tropical flavor to your favorite drinks and cocktails. Orgeat is an almond syrup that is often used in tiki drinks, though it can be used in other cocktails, as well. This version uses coconut milk as a base for a unique and delicious syrup that can be used in anything from Mai Tais to lemonade.
Hillary ReevesFebruary 4, 2016
Omg thank you so much for the shout out!! xx