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A Tapas Cooking Class and Valentine Party

Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Banana and Chocolate Sauces

I have a confession to make.  I am in love with the dessert from our Tapas Cooking Class.  This is trouble.  It is so easy to make that I literally just spent three minutes in the kitchen making it and am eating it as I’m penning this post.   It contains items that I have around the house a lot.  Bananas…sounds harmless,  I used Liqueur Gaetano, but the Penelope Casas recipe used orujo or grappa and I’m sure you could improvise with whatever is in your liquor cabinet.  Start with a little butter, brown sugar and items in the freezer…leftover chocolate sauce that I can nuke, sliced or slivered almonds and ice cream, well duh!!  No matter how you slice it, this dessert is a winner!  From ordinary bananas, no less.  After making it five times, I have the recipe memorized and it requires literally no effort!  The recipe was inspired from Penelope Casas’ One Pot Spanish.  Perhaps the bananas are more special when you eat them in Spain’s Canary Islands where they grow them until ripened.  But the ones that start out green from Dole work just fine for me!

Helado de Vainilla con Salsa Caliente de Platano

The Tapas party was a ton of fun as we were treated to tapas throughout the evening.  Asparagus wrapped with ham, traditional toasts topped with manchego cheese, olives, anchovies, piquillo peppers.  It turns out that the word tapa comes from the verb tapar (to cover) and Tapas (or the traditional toasts) were used to cover a glass of sherry at a bar so the flies wouldn’t take a swim. The bartender learned that serving food encouraged more drinking, so they came up with more savory snacks to serve their customers.

Pork and Raisin Empanadas before and after the oven.

Tapa plate with Tuna Brocheta, Pork & Raisin Empanada, Tortilla Espana, Lentil Salad and Ham-Filled Mushroom Caps

Tapas like our Ham-Filled Mushroom Caps, Marinated Tuna Brochetas prepared by the team of Libby and Mike, the Spanish Tortilla made by Karen and Marty and the Pork and Raisin Empanadas.  The Empanada team of Julie, Kate, Tracie and Vivienne had fun stuffing the small circles of dough with the pork and raisin mixture.  These were gone in a flash!  We enjoyed our Tapas while sipping down glasses of Sangria.

Marinated Tuna Brochetas ready for the grill.

Spanish Lentil Salad with Blue Cheese

To round out our meal, Pat, Julie and Gerry made us the traditional Lentil salad with blue cheese on the side. I love this salad cooked with onion & garlic for flavor and topped with ripe tomatoes, green and red pepper.  You cannot use American lentils for this dish, as they will mush together.  You need to find French, Spanish or Italian lentils, which stay whole when boiled for about 20 minutes.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Banana & Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate sauce

  • 3 oz. good quality chocolate pieces
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup butter

Banana Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbs Liqueur Gaetano or other liqueur or grappa
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds

1. Make Chocolate Sauce:  Bring water in bottom of double boiler to a rapid boil.  Lower heat and place chocolate, cream and butter in top of double boiler.  Stir until smooth and set aside.

2. Make Banana Sauce. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.  Add the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir. Add the banana slices to coat with sugar mixture for a minute.  Immediately add the liqueur.  Cook for a minute until sauce is thickened.  Immediately serve over ice cream.  Top with a little chocolate sauce and sprinkle with almond slices.

  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • 586 Calories per serving

February 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm 2 comments

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie with Meringue Topping

Banana Cream Pie with Meringue Topping

I have discovered the danger or the delight of having extra pie crusts sitting in the freezer just waiting for me to be inspired to make a pie.  Following our Pie Baking Class early this month, I had six pie crusts already made up and  some bananas that were just screaming at me to be used.  Also, I wanted to taste the Banana Cream Pie that two of the women made in our Pie Baking Class on November 3.  So I made up two pies – one to take to a dinner with the in-laws and one to give to the neighbors. How would I describe this pie??  The combination of the crunch of the crust with the gooey, creamy custard and decadent chocolate layer… Yummylicious!…I’m in love! (more…)

November 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm Leave a comment

Foolproof Pie Crust for Thanksgiving

Broccoli, Leek and Cheddar Pies nourished us as we prepared our Sugary Pies

Broccoli, Leek and Cheddar Pies nourished us as we prepared our Sugary Pies

Thanksgiving without pie would be like…well Christmas without Santa Claus.  The two belong together.  So on November 3, we baked pies in preparation for the Thanksgiving Feast, giving everyone a chance to learn flaky pie crust secrets from the so-called experts, Carol and Patricia.

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November 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm 9 comments


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