Bananas Foster Bread

Banana is one of my favorite ingredients to include in desserts and baked goods. Of all the recipes I've worked on lately, my previously shared banana bread is definitely at the top of the list. I love the combination of the spiced banana bread and the tasty, sweetened peanut butter glaze. Yum!

As much as I love my banana bread recipe, I recently saw one on TV that looked even more amazing! It was on a new show I've been watching on Food Network - Southern at Heart with Damaris Phillips. Damaris is a KY native like me, and I'm enjoying her Southern style cooking. On a recent episode, she made the most delicious looking recipe - Bananas Foster Bread! While I enjoy banana bread, I love bananas foster even more!! I've made Bananas Foster milkshakes and Bananas Foster sauce before. So Bananas Foster + Banana Bread sounded AMAZING!

While I eventually want to try Damaris' specific recipe, I decided to make my own version of the Bananas Foster Bread. I combined my banana bread recipe, with the Bananas Foster sauce I have also shared. The result was delicious - the bananas bread soaks up the caramel rum sauce and creates a flavorful treat!

Bananas Foster Bread ingredients:

Banana Bread -
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 tbs butter (room temp)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
Rum Sauce -
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Dash of cinnamon
Bananas Foster Bread instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Cream sugar and butter until smooth
  • Add in eggs one at a time, mix until smooth
  • In a small bowl, mix together mashed bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, and vanilla
  • In a different bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  • Add in banana mixture and beat until completely combined
  • Mix in dry ingredients and beat on low until flour disappears
  • Spray loaf pan with cooking spray
  • Pour banana bread batter into loaf pan
  • Bake around 1 hour and 10 mins
  • After baking (or just before it finishes), melt butter in medium sized sauce pan of medium-high heat
  • After butter is melted, stir in dark brown sugar
  • Mix in heavy cream
  • Pour in rum and stir. Carefully tip the pan over the open burner to ignite the alcohol, or use a long click grill lighter if you don't have a gas oven.
  • Pour half of the liquid slowly over the banana bread (while still in the loaf pan)
  • Allow it to soak up the liquid for approximately 30 mins
  • Once liquid is soaked up, turn it out onto a pan

Here's the recipe cards for this amazingly decadent treat!!

Dusty the Cropduster Cake

I've had quite a few cake orders lately! A couple weeks ago, I shared the baby shower cake I made for a friend who's expecting their bundle of joy soon. I also made a cake for my sister a few weeks ago, I still need to put it up on the blog! Over the weekend, though, I made a cake for a former co-worker's 4 year old boy, Anand. (Did you see my post about getting a new job?!) I especially enjoy making cakes for kids, they get so excited about the characters! This little boy loves the Disney movie, Planes, and specifically the character Dusty the Cropduster.

Between Mother's Day, and starting my new job, I may or may not have procrastinated a little on getting my Dusty pieces ready... A couple nights before I realized I really needed to get it finished. I still get extremely nervous each time I sit down to work on a new character. Cakes that don't involve characters are much easier for me, there isn't as much worry about tiny details. But with character character cakes (like Oscar the Grouch, Thomas the Tank Engine, or Daniel Tiger), you have to get the nuances of the characters look just right, or they could end up looking strange. I started working on Dusty and quickly realized the unique challenges to building a fondant airplane. Not only did I have to make a character, but also a plane that would be structurally sound enough to hold up for a couple days! How was I going to get the propeller to work? How would I get the wings to hold up and stay in place? It all reminded me of my college days...

Children's Book Baby Shower Cake

My husband and I are very excited for some close friends who are just a few weeks away from welcoming their son. You may recall I made a cake for their gender reveal party a few months back. I was so excited to once again create a special cake for them this past weekend. The mom-to-be's family threw her an adorable book themed baby shower.

After talking to her family, I decided to attempt a stack of books cake. The mom-to-be gave me titles for a few books. I also wanted to incorporate some beloved popular characters. About a week before the party, I started experimenting and ended up with Curious George, Clifford, the hat from Cat in the Hat, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. 

Cinco de Mayo - Delicious Mexican Dishes

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of the holiday, I am sharing a round-up of four delicious Mexican inspired dishes. My husband and I love Mexican food, and have several dishes we've worked on. These recipes are ones I've shared over the past couple years. What's your favorite Mexican dish? If you have a recipe, leave me a comment!

This recipe was a Mexican inspired version of the stuffed pepper recipe I shared last year. I enjoyed those stuffed peppers so much, that I wanted to create a new version of the recipe. The original pepper dish is filled with Italian flavors, all which I replaced with Mexican seasonings. In the place of marinara sauce, I used salsa. Instead of Italian seasonings, I used taco seasoning. I even replaced the traditional white rice from the stuffed peppers with Mexican flavored rice in this recipe. This recipe is packed with flavor - yum!

When Life Gives You Lemons...

It's been a challenging past couple years...

Just under two years ago, my husband and I got married and moved into our house we just bought. My husband's company closed an entire division of their business, and he lost his job he loved. He and a lot of other engineers were suddenly without employment, and the city we were in could not support that. A month or so later, my husband found out about an employment opportunity that sounded like a perfect fit for him. So we made the riskiest choice either of us had ever made - I quit my job, we put our house on the market, and we moved to another state without me having a job yet. My husband and I are not risk takers, and have a terrible time making decisions. But, we took a leap of faith as we felt this was a perfect opportunity for my husband, and that this was a part of God's plan.

Everything fell into place at first. My husband loved (and still loves) his job. It was a great decision for him, he's getting to work in the specific area of his profession that he always wanted to pursue. We also had an offer on our house within a few days of putting it on the market. Everything was pointing to this being a smart decision. But, then days became weeks, weeks became months, and I was still unemployed... Turns out my engineering degree wasn't doing me any favors in finding employment in our particular town. Now I know there are way worse things other people have to deal with, but this was a challenge for me. I've always been very career and work focused. I'm not someone who can even easily relax, I like to have something I'm doing or working on. Being alone in our apartment spending months and months job hunting in an unfamiliar city where we knew no one was rough for me. My husband worked long hours and had a significant commute, so I began feeling alone. I had worked extremely hard in college for my degree, and that only made me feel more discouraged and without purpose.