Archive | February, 2011

Sunday Evening Dessert

20 Feb

After having a traditional Jamaican Sunday dinner of  Roast Chicken, Rice and Peas, Macaroni and Cheese and Tossed Salad  I like to have Bananas Foster for dessert. This dessert was introduced to me by my mother after a trip to New Orleans where this dessert originates.

The dessert was created by Chef Paul at the famous Brennan’s Restaurant in 1951. Here is the original recipe  adapted from the Brennan’s Restaurant website :

BANANAS FOSTER

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup banana liqueur
  • 4 bananas, cut in half
    lengthwise, then halved
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Method

  1. Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a skillet. Place the pan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan. When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum.
  2. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot.
  3. Lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.

It’s a simple dessert to make and definitely hits that sweet spot! Happy Sunday!

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Sweet and Savoury

18 Feb

Sweet and Savoury

Another dessert trend is the combination of sweet and savory. Bacon isn’t just a breakfast item anymore. It’ now sizzling atop your most decadent dessert! Yes, I said bacon!

So, I decided to conduct an “experiment” of my own. This morning for breakfast I had eggs and decadent chocolate cupcakes with silky italian chocolate butter cream and crispy bacon sprinkled on top. I was pleasantly surprised. The  bacon gave the cupcake a salty zing and a sweetness at the same time. The bacon  also gave the cupcake a crunchy texture. I found myself biting the cupcake and alternating with a bite of bacon to get a more intense experience! Delish!!.

Yummy Cupcakes in Brentwood, CA serves up Apple Bleu Cheese, Spicy Chocolate Bacon and Turkey Gravy Cranberry cupcakes. Visit their website at www.yummycupcakes.com. Check them out the next time you’re in the California area,

Dessert Trends

12 Feb

Cupcakes are all the rage now,  with “cupcakerys” popping up in every major city in the United States.  Following on the concept of food trucks, desserts trucks are on the rise too on street corners and parking lots  in NYC, DC and LA. These trucks are basically old UPS or USPS trucks converted into a retail bakery on wheels serving up artisan ice cream, gelato, red velvet cookies, chocolate bread pudding, whoopie pies, baked ores, hot chocolate and my favourite – creme brulee !

These trucks change their location almost daily  depending on parking availability and traffic and so you have to follow them on Twitter or some other social media website to be updated on their whereabouts. How about a dessert truck on Knutsford Boulevard or Downtown Kingston? What do you think?

Image courtesy of www.foodtrucksdc.com

Stay tuned for Sweet and Savoury. . .