If you love banana pudding, how about banana pudding in a cheesecake, vanilla wafers and all?
Last March, Jenni, of the beautiful blog, The Gingered Whisk, asked me to do a guest post. Naturally, I jumped in, and wanted to get to work on it immediately. Jenni and I have been friends since 2009, and we hosted the Daring Cooks Cassoulet Challenge together at the end of 2010. Then, some not so great stuff happened on my end, and Jenni found out she was moving. Several times between us, the date changed. Now that things have calmed down here, and Jenni is all settled into her new home..it’s finally happening.
I made a lot of commitments prior to life semi-combusting, and now those commitments are piling up all at once. I like it, though because it feels great to get back into the kitchen a little more. I still don’t have much time due to work, but I squeeze it in as best I can.
SO, do you love banana pudding, the kind with the vanilla wafers (is there any other kind?)? Do you love caramel? If so, you’ll love this twist on banana pudding and vanilla wafers in a cheesecake. It’s gooey, it’s rich, it’s sinful, it’s worth the calories. Portion control are my key words for this cheesecake. In this case, TWO big slices equals one portion, k? Bananas are good for you! Potassium!
To get the recipe for this banana pudding cheesecake, and see more photos, although I really couldn’t gussy it up due to rain and muggy weather melting ev-er-y-thing, click HERE and please check out Jenni’s blog. This chick can cook and bake like nobody’s business. She could make the dirt on a beaten path taste good!
That said, a note. Not all of the caramelized caramel bananas in this banana pudding cheesecake will look beautifully caramelized inside of the cheesecake once baked. The cheesecake batter dilutes a lot of that golden beauty (but not the flavor!), some of the caramel blending into the cheesecake. I had to cut through the whole banana pudding cheesecake to find one slice where some of the bananas remained that beautiful caramel color after baking, for photographic purposes, of course. If you look closely at my slice photos, you’ll see the washed out color of some of the caramelized bananas. But, again, no effect on flavor or texture, and like I always say on this blog, in the end, that’s all that matters.
So, once again, please head on over to Jenni’s blog, The Gingered Whisk, to get the recipe for my….
Caramel Banana Pudding Cheesecake with Salted Cashew Praline – Vanilla Wafer Crust
Sorry, I had to give it its own little marquee moment because it’s so damn delicious!!
On another note, I was nominated for a Food Stories Award by Maureen of The Orgasmic Chef. To say I’m surprised is an understatement. I’ve just been journaling a memory from a happy, innocent time to soothe my aching grown-up soul during a difficult period the past few months. I guess you could call it my own personal therapy. Glad some have enjoyed it. However, before my Bad Boy First Love memoir, there are loads of mile long food stories, so I hope those are taken into consideration. Who could forget the squirrels that ate my joconde paste?
As part of this nomination, they’d like a random fact about me. Here goes …..
As much as I wax poetic about baking and cooking from scratch, I eat my fair share of processed food. I’m especially a slave to the occasional fluffernutter sandwich, and it must be marshmallow cream from a jar. Also, sometimes I scrape the cream from Oreos with my teeth and ditch the cookies. Lovely, huh? I’m a vanilla gal to the bone. Oh, and don’t even get me started on rice krispy treats!
They’d also like me to nominate 5 other food bloggers for this award. This was so tough to narrow down because there are SO many great food story writers out there, but I finally managed to choose 5. Here they are;
Lifes a Feast – Her memories intertwine with the food effortlessly. Not only can Jamie tell a story , but she does it with flair and amazing imagery. A fabulous, gifted writer in every way.
Bibberche – Lana’s stories have made me laugh and cry, and I feel her every emotion with every word written. A beautiful writer and storyteller.
Creative Culinary – I love reading Barb’s posts because she flows Her writing is breezy and she never holds back when it comes to controversial issues. She tells it like it is; no sugar-coating.
A Few Rotten Vegetables and Moldy Cheese – A friend linked me to her site, and I read the whole damn blog in one sitting. I can identify with most everything she talks about in a been there/done that sort of way. She doesn’t know me, so I guess I’m her stalker; huge crush. Oh, she is NOT a food blogger, just a chef who writes, and she makes that very clear.
La Mia Cucina – Lis, the founder of Daring Bakers, doesn’t blog anymore, but I wish she would. Go read her blog now! Not only is it great writing/story telling, but she is ‘effin HILARIOUS! THIS post still brings elicits wheezing, tearing laughter.
To accept your nominations, click HERE to read about it.
Oh, one more thing. My 4-year Blogiversary is coming up on the 28th. I’ll be celebrating it with a HUGE giveaway. Be sure to check back since you won’t want to miss this one – seriously.