Sunday, August 23, 2009

Caramelized Banana Crisp with Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream

Yes!  This is as good as it sounds especially if you are a fan of bananas and we are!  My three loved it!

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I saw the crisp on Teanna’s blog, Spork or Foon and took Jaime of Good Eats ‘n Sweet Treats’ advice and made Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream.  The ice cream was made in the beginning of July by the baking group Sweet Melissa Sundays.  Only the weekly hostess posts the recipe.  Everyone else links back to her.  I’m following their tradition and just giving you the link to the recipe.  I will though provide you with Teanna’s Caramelized Banana Crisp recipe. ‘Cause I’m nice like that. Other than doubling the recipe I didn’t change anything.  Teanna  topped hers with ice cream and Hot Buttered Rum Sauce. I forgot about the sauce and by the time I remembered we had already scrapped our “bowls” clean!  :) 

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Caramelized Banana Crisp

For the Bananas:

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 medium bananas

Melt butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and lower heat to a simmer.  Let simmer for 2 min. Slice bananas in a diagonal into 1/3" inch slices. Arrange in a single layer in sauce pan, turning after 2 minutes, until golden brown on each side.

For the Crisp:

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

1/4 cup oats

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter or spray two individual ramekins.Combine bananas, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a ramekin.Mix sugar, flour, oats and salt. Cut in butter until it forms crumbs. Scatter mixture over batter and bake 40 minutes or until browned.

DSC02030 Okay, so you checked out the recipe?  Would I make this again?  Yes!  BUT here’s what I would do differently……skip caramelizing the banana.  It’s unnecessary.  With the crisp baked for 40 minutes the bananas will caramelize inside the oven. I followed the recipe and mine were actually past caramelized and extremely mushy.  Instead place the banana slices in the ramekins and top with the brown sugar and butter.  While I baked my crisps for the 40 minutes and I think I should have checked and pulled them earlier.  Maybe 5 minutes earlier.  Watch yours.  Last change, I’d add some nuts to the crisp.  

I did make some changes to the ice cream recipe. I didn’t have any vanilla beans so I used some vanilla bean paste instead.  I also didn’t have any dry skim milk and just omitted it.

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DSC02103In an earlier post I mentioned being busy with football and cheerleading practices after work everyday. Devon, one of the twins is playing football again and  Babygirl is now a cheerleader. She’ll be cheering for his team!  She’s very excited, especially with her uniform and all the other girlie accessories that go along with it.  Here’s a photo of her.  (Monica, think Ingrid with glasses and curly, darker hair, LOL!)

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