April 10, 2013

Pin It Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

Taken From Baked Sunday Mornings with notes from Bourbonnatrix Bakes
Again a post with no solid pictures but here it is anyway. For my going away potluck at work I wanted to go out with a bang, so I whipped up this little number.  I regret not documenting this one throughout because it's definitely more impressive that way, but you can check out the Bourbonnatrix Bakes site for photos.

I think the fact that this lone piece was all there was left (and that was because I specifically set it aside for Tom) speaks to what people thought: they loved it! People were raving about how good it was and the chef/baker always appreciates the compliments. My co-worker said I should re-name it "The Elvis," on account of his love of fried PB and banana sandwiches. 

This was the perfect layering of Nilla wafer crust, homemade vanilla pudding, freshly sliced bananas and peanut butter cream topping. Is there anything better?! Love the PB banana combo, love the pie. Plus it was easy enough that I would actually make it again. However, if you are looking for a shortcut, you can always use instant pudding mix instead. Try this one next time you've got someone you'd like to win over through their sweet tooth. 

April 2, 2013

Pin It April Cook the Books - Bouchon Bakery Cookbook

I'm a little behind on posting what April's cookbook is but that's just how it goes, so here it is.
For this month I'm going to be highlighting recipes from Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery Cookbook.
Do you like my pretty lilacs? They are making my whole kitchen smell amazing!
Kristen got me this as a holiday gift and I'm so excited to get back into baking with this amazing cookbook. Gluten-free March was ok, but not life changing, so I'm excited to start working on some starchy delicious sweets!

This book will definitely prove to be challenging as I know Thomas Keller is all about French breads and patisserie, but I'm always up for a good challenge.

When I'm feeling particularly ambitious I'll take a crack at these for sure!