Food, Miscellany

Roasted Banana Pecan Pie

IMG_2051When I worked in Nashville I worked under a Pastry Chef named Lisa.  Lisa was a total southern girl with a thick draw of an accent and had her own farm with a donkey.  How cool is that?  I loved working with Lisa.  The random things we talked about and with the accent made everything that much funnier.  This girl was the fastest walker I had ever met in my life too.  I had to trot to keep up with her.  She was like one of those speed walkers, like competition style.  We had a really good working relationship and she quickly became my friend.  Lots of laughter and good times.  Wonder what she’s doing these days?  Huh…

Well, anyway, she used to make a Roasted Banana Pecan Pie I couldn’t get enough of.  Man, that stuff was good.  I tried to replicate it here for two reasons.  One, I loved that damn pie and two, we always have a ton of bananas in our house going bad.

Growing up my parents didn’t throw stuff away, they weren’t hoarders either, that came later with old age.  They were economical.  If you make something or buy something you either eat the whole damn thing or figure out a way to utilize it in another way.  Part of the reason for doing this site, for me, was to show how to do that.  The recipe may look like a lot of sugar and there are more bananas than you need.  It’s OK, we will use the excess sugar and extra bananas next week, you’ll see.

Roasted Bananas

400g       Light Brown Sugar
110g       Honey
102g       Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
7              Bananas

-place bananas in casserole dish
-cover with brown sugar, honey and cubed butter
-bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes
-set aside

Roasted Banana Pecan Pie

11g        Vanilla extract or bourbon (your call)
54g        Melted unsalted butter
2g          Cornstarch
2            Eggs
267g     Sugar syrup from the roasted bananas
227g     Pecans

-take half the roasted bananas and mash with a fork
-place them in the bottom of your pie shell
-place your pecans on top of the bananas
-combine the 267g of the sugar from the roasted bananas with the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine
-bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes reduce oven to 350 degrees and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes

Remember to save all the leftover sugar and roasted bananas.  We will use them next week and it’ll be worth it, trust me.
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