Banana Chocolate Experiment Pie

Even though I spend 40+ hours a week at a bakery, I can’t help but not want to be in the kitchen on my days off. Mondays more than Sundays are reserved for conjuring up something sweet or savory and definitely baked. We celebrated my good friend Lauren’s birthday over the weekend. Upon her request, I made her my famous buttermilk pie.

Even though I halved my pie crust recipe, I had quite a bit left over after lining one pie plate. As it sat in the refrigerator for a few days, I kept going back and forth in my head as to what I should use it for. Mini quiches, cream pies, hand pies, lemon bars, and galettes were all viable options until I realized I was missing one key ingredient for each.  Image

One of the main reasons why I love baking so much is that it forces you to get creative. Well, I guess I should edit that statement by saying that baking forces you to get creative if you are too lazy to go to the store and are just making something up on the whim that is what you have in your refrigerator. This recipe falls somewhere in the void between a lemon bar and a chess pie. Both are similar in that they are simple, only calling for a fair amount of ingredients- sugar, flour, eggs. I have a million and one bananas in my freezer and wanted to throw them into the mix. You can also never go wrong with adding chocolate, or so I hoped.

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Banana Chocolate Experiment Pie

1 unbaked pie shell

4 eggs

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup flour

2 tbs cocoa powder

6 frozen bananas

1 tsp vanilla

  1. If opt to make a crust from scratch, go ahead and roll it out and trim it for your pie plate. I was working with leftover dough scraps, so my crimping is a little less than pleasing. I used a butter knife to lightly press the dough onto the edge of the plate.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
  2. Other nice options for crusts would be a simple shortbread (butter, sugar, and flour) or even a graham cracker crust.
  3. Slice 2 of your frozen bananas and layer them on the bottom of your crust. Once baked, these make a nice layer on top of the crust. ImageImageImage
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and cocoa. Image
  5. In a smaller bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, and the remainder of your frozen bananas together. Combine with flour mixture until smooth. ImageImageImageImageImageImage
  6. Bake for about 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees. I drizzled the top with melted chocolate and sea salt to give it a little something extra. Extra is always good if it’s chocolate! ImageImageImageImage

 

After taste testing a warm slice, I let the pie chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before having an official slice. This was so refreshing, not to mention simple. Lauren deemed a pie tie between buttermilk and this chocolaty banana-y concoction.

 

Pie is always a good choice!

Sunday Snapshots

(Ughhhhh) so I am actually kind of embarrassed / disappointed with myself for not blogging AT ALL this week. I had a crazy week at the bakery and felt like I had a dark cloud looming over my head the last five days. The sun is finally out today, thus bringing hope to the end of a gloomy week.

Today is Mothers Day. I’ve spent the morning sitting in my yellow chair and reflecting on what it means to be a mom. Shannon has passed down her good hair genes and her crazy. She has also taught me all I need to know about love, tenderness, and faith. Though we differ more than she realizes, we do share these things. I miss her all the time.

Enough for sentiment. Today is for being lazy and spending time with my baby, because, pets are like children.

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Cinco de Monday

Today is Cinco de Mayo and the temperature is in the low 40s. Instead of drinking margaritas on a patio or next to a pool, I am hanging around the house, taking it easy, and trying to mentally prepare myself for what will be another long work week. It’s a good day to practice calligraphy, mess around with watercolors, and only venture out to walk the dog. But, not to worry, tacos were had this morning!

I also have the new Lykke Li on repeat. My favorite. Hope you all have a nice Cinco de Monday!

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Blog Almost Everyday in May

I am feeling up for the challenge, especially after this last week of WordPress activity. It feels really good to be posting regularly again!

 

Time to blog everyday in May, except for the weekends because a girl needs her weekends!

 

XOXO