Caramelized Banana Pudding Cheesecake with Salted Cashew Praline – Vanilla Wafer Crust, for My Guest Post at The Gingered WhiskMay 24, 2012 at 10:56 am | Posted in Cakes, Dessert, Fruit | 40 Comments
Tags: baking, Banana Cheesecake, Banana Pudding, Bananas, caramel, Cashew Nuts, Cheesecake, Guest Post, The Gingered Whisk, Vanilla Wafers
Last March, Jenni, of the beautiful blog, The Gingered Whisk, asked me to do a guest post. Naturally, I jumped in, and wanted to get to work on it immediately. Jenni and I have been friends since 2009, and we hosted the Daring Cooks Cassoulet Challenge together at the end of 2010. Then, some not so great stuff happened on my end, and Jenni found out she was moving. Several times, between us, the date changed. Now that things have calmed down here, and Jenni is all settled into her new home..it’s finally happening.
I made a lot of commitments prior to life semi-combusting, and now, those commitments are all coming at me at once! I like it, though – it feels great to get back into the kitchen a little more. I still don’t have much time due to work, but I squeeze it in as best I can.
SO, do you love banana pudding, the kind with the vanilla wafers (is there any other kind?)? Do you love caramel? If so, you’ll love this twist on banana pudding and vanilla wafers in a cheesecake. It’s gooey, it’s rich, it’s sinful, it’s worth the calories. Portion control are my key words for this cheesecake. In this case, TWO big slices equals one portion, k? Bananas are good for you! Potassium!
To get the recipe and see more photos, although I really couldn’t gussy it up due to rain and muggy weather melting ev-er-y-thing, click HERE to see my post and check out Jenni’s blog. This chick can cook and bake like nobody’s business. She could make the tar on a beaten path in NYC, on a 98 degree day, taste good!
On another note, I was nominated for a Food Stories Award by Maureen of The Orgasmic Chef. To say I’m surprised is an understatement. I’ve just been journaling a memory from a happy, innocent time to soothe my aching grown-up soul during a difficult period the past few months – I guess you could call it my own personal therapy. Glad some have enjoyed it. However, before my Bad Boy First Love memoir, there are loads of mile long food stories, so I hope those are taken into consideration. Who could forget the squirrels that ate my joconde paste?
As part of this nomination, they’d like a random fact about me. Here goes …..
As much as I wax poetic about baking and cooking from scratch, I’m a slave to the occasional fluffernutter sandwich, and it must be marshmallow cream from a jar. Also, sometimes I scrape the cream from the oreos with my teeth, and ditch the cookies. Lovely, huh? I’m a vanilla gal to the bone.
They’d also like me to nominate 5 other food bloggers for this award. This was so tough to narrow down because there are SO many great food story writers out there, but I finally managed to choose 5. Here they are…
Lifes a Feast – Her memories intertwine with the food effortlessly. Not only can Jamie tell a story , but she does it with such flair, amazing imagery and love..happy or sad. A fabulous, gifted writer in every way.
Bibberche – Lana’s stories have made me laugh, cry, literally feel her every emotion. A beautiful writer and story teller.
Creative Culinary – I love reading Barb’s posts because she flows….her writing is breezy, not to mention, she never holds back when it comes to controversial issues. She tells it like it is – no sugar-coating.
A Few Rotten Vegetables and Moldy Cheese – A friend linked me to her site, and I read the whole damn blog in one sitting. I can identify with most everything she talks about – been there/done that. She doesn’t know me, so I guess I’m her stalker – huge crush. I wish she would post more. Oh, she is NOT a food blogger, just a chef who writes – she makes that very clear.
La Mia Cucina – Lis, the founder of Daring Bakers, doesn’t blog anymore, but I wish she would. Go read her blog now. You will be spewing all kinds of matter all over your computer screen. Not only great writing/story telling, but ‘effin HILARIOUS! THIS post still brings on wheezing, tearing laughter.
To accept your nominations, click HERE to read about it.
Oh, one more thing. My 4-year Blogiversary is coming up on the 28th. I’ll be celebrating it with a HUGE giveaway. Be sure to check back – since you won’t want to miss this one – seriously.