Monday, May 23, 2016

BANOCONUT!

I love baking. I also love eating baked goods. I generally consider myself quite good at both.

I bake a lot - it is my "cooking" contribution to this family. It's also my contribution when we have friends for dinner - Jordan takes care of the meal, I take care of the dessert.

We were having friends over for dinner (one being an award winning chef - no pressure!) and Jordan requested a pie to go with the tropical flavors of the meal. I love pie. I don't love making it however. I definitely don't make terrible pastry, but it's not something I generally feel confident about. Gulp. I decided to go for it.

Since I don't make pies all that often, I decided to document it in photos. Jordan wanted banana cream, I wanted coconut cream, so we compromised. I give you BANOCONUT!

1. Crust - baked with dried beans as pie weights.


2. Layer in the bananas:


3. Cover with coconut custard (made on the stove top) and let cool:


4. Top with whip cream and toasted coconut:


5. Devour


Anyone who knows me well knows I can't stand food photos because they RARELY look as appetizing as they taste. Pretty sure this fits that bill. But I don't care....that pie was GOOOOD! And look at those flakes in the pastry - just look at them!

Pastry credit: my sister Janice, along with some great pointers from chef April Bloomfield
Pie recipe: here

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rio's 10!

This little love is 10 years old today. Rio, we love you and are more proud of you than you will ever understand. You are an amazing daughter, sister, friend, and leader. You will do great things my sweet, you already are.