Is there anything more quintessentially homemade than a perfectly baked banana cake? This delicious treat is equal parts tradition and innovation, with copious amounts of lemon zest for an added punch.
Roasted Bananas with Spiced Syrup and Candied Nuts
"We didn't have much in the way of spices growing up, but you can't tie everything to terroir," Michel Bras says about the ingredients available to him in the Aubrac mountains. Here the chef uses an international array of ingredients, studding bananas with cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and coffee beans, then serving them, roasted, with a cinnamony syrup scented with the Moroccan spice blend ras el hanout.
For breakfast, Marcia Kiesel tops yogurt with these bananas steeped in warm, bittersweet coffee syrup; they're also delicious over vanilla ice cream for dessert. Make sure the bananas you choose for this recipe are ripe but still firm, so they don't get mushy.
Mascarpone is an Italian cheese that's superrich, delicate and creamy. Here, it's simply blended with confectioners' sugar to create a sublime, snow-white frosting. For the best results, try to buy mascarpone that's very fresh.
We'd be hard-pressed to find a better dessert combination than chocolate chunks and banana ice cream. A refreshing finale in any season, this variation is simplicity at its finest, using only a handful of ingredients.