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Bang Bang Pie

June 16th, 2013 · No Comments

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For the third year in a row, I hosted a clothing swap at the house. This time I was in New York for most of the week and felt really busy, so instead of making food, we bought everything. Jess and Sara were my co-hosts and each brought over different drinks and some small apps. To supplement, I asked Ed at Baked Escape to make me something, but he was going to be out of town. So, I decided to check out Bang Bang Pie. FINALLY!

Bang Bang used to be a food truck, before they opened their storefront in the spring of 2012. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to go check them out, since they’re only a few blocks from where I live, but I’m glad I finally did. I called ahead a few days before because I wanted a whole pie and the guy I talked to on the phone was super helpful with all of the options they could provide for a party setting. I settled on ordering a peanut butter pie. This was a cream pie in a graham cracker crust, but instead of the peanut butter being in the cream part, the pie was made with a vanilla custard, a layer of hidden dark chocolate ganache and then on the top was something they called “peanut butter magic.” The man on the phone also described a savory tart they had and it sounded so good, I just had to get that too. It was made with Neuske’s applewood smoked summer sausage, herbed goat cheese, oven dried tomatoes, shallots, and swiss chard. The crust, which was so tender and flaky was made with real lard. I think that’s the secret!!!

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Both of these pies were so decadent and delicious. I like should have gotten these pies for free because I’m pretty sure I sold a bunch at the party. EVERYONE wanted to know where these amazing treats came from! The peanut butter pie was rich and creamy, but by having the peanut butter just on the top, it wasn’t too much. The chocolate was something I didn’t know was going to be there and was a great surprise. And the tart. Wow. It was SO good. I love summer sausage and goat cheese and I just couldn’t get over how flaky the crust was.

When I was picking up the pies at the shop I decided to also get a biscuit, which they are pretty well known for. The biscuit was still warm when I got it home. It was so big, I thought it would be dense, but it was tender and fluffy all the way through. SO good. And, when you order the biscuit you can choose from different jams and butters to accompany them. I took a cherry jam, a salted butter, and a coconut lime butter. I noticed they also had a sriracha butter that probably a lot of my friends would like.

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Finally, I’ve passed by the Bang Bang Pie storefront before, but I’d never been inside. It’s so cute and cozy. It was a little warm (from all the baking?), but I noticed that they had a wonderful patio. With GRASS. And picnic tables. Totally want to go back for brunch now.

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Hawaiian Banana Bread

May 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I made Hawaiian Banana Bread for my brunch clothing swap. I think what makes this bread Hawaiian is the story that came with the recipe. And also, that it has macademia nuts and coconut. I was just happy someone didn’t throw pineapple in it and call it Hawaiian (Dallas’s biggest pet peeve)! The toasted nuts in the bread are definitely tastey. The coconut kind of gets absorbed up in there, so if you’re not a big coconut fan, you might still give this bread a try. I made mini loaves for the party and at the end sent some of the girls home with the leftover loaves. I think I’m on to something with these mini loaves!

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From: One Perfect Bite

My homey’s call this lovely banana loaf King Kamehameha bread. We first had it in Hawaii several years ago. It is a lovely loaf whose taste has been enhanced by some very pleasant memories. When we returned from the islands, I began to search for a banana bread recipe that had the same plantation flavors as the bread we so enjoyed. Some find it strange that my quest for new foods begins with a search rather than an experiment. The work I did before retirement taught me not to reinvent the wheel, and, for better or worse, I’ve carried that belief into my kitchen. I don’t create or develop recipes unless I absolutely have to, or I have a truly original idea. That I ever began to enter cooking contests is a mystery to those who know me, and that I actually began to win some is a miracle to me. So, it should come as no surprise, that rather than parse taste memories, I began a search for a recipe I suspected already existed. The search brought me to this lovely bread from Gourmet Magazine. It is very close to the one we sampled on the islands. There are some tricks to making a great banana bread and if you want full banana flavor you have to start with really nasty bananas. The best bananas, from a cook’s perspective, are the ones that have huge leopard spots on their exteriors. Beautiful bananas look lovely in a fruit bowl but they make anemic breads, cakes or puddings. I also find it important to toast nuts and other dry additions that are folded into quick breads. Toasting will enhance their flavors as well. This bread is very moist and, if well-wrapped, will stay fresh for several days. It is easy to make and, in the great scheme of things, fairly inexpensive to make. If you can’t find macadamia nuts in your area, almonds or pine nuts can be substituted. This is a wonderful bread and I think you’ll enjoy it. The aroma as it bakes has been known to make grown men weep. Here’s the recipe.

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
1-1/3 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large)
3 tablespoons sour cream
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts, lightly toasted and cooled
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted and cooled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pans.
Dust with flour. Set aside.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. In another large bowl, cream butter with sugars with an electric mixer. When mixture is light and fluffy beat in vanilla, eggs, one at a time, zest, banana, and sour cream. Add flour mixture, beating batter until it is just combined. Stir in macadamia nuts and coconut.

Divide the batter between loaf pans and smooth tops. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Remove bread from pans. Complete cooling on racks.

Yield: 2 loaves.

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Springtime Clothing Swap Brunch

May 11th, 2011 · No Comments

I attended a swap party at Jess’s house once a couple years ago and always wanted her to have another. .. finally she agreed to do it, like for real, but she was moving.. so we co-hosted a swap and had it at my house this past weekend. We did not have a ton of people at the party, I think because it was Mothers Day weekend and a lot of people were busy. It was still a great time with a smaller, more intimate group.

Each girl that came over brought clothing and accessories that were in good condition, but that they didn’t want any more because they were sick of them or they didn’t fit, or whatever reason. We set everything out by category: pants, dresses, jewelry, coats, etc. Then we spent the day eating and drinking and “shopping” around the different rooms of my condo. At the end of the day we donated whatever was left to the White Elephant Resale Shop, where proceeds to go Children’s Memorial Hospital.

It was funny to realize how emotionally attached to things people are. A lot of people had stories of why they loved or hated something.. I wore this on a date with a creep-o guy, I wore this to an awesome concert, this was an ex-boyfriend’s tshirt, etc. But, like all baggage, you have to get rid of it at some point and it felt good to cleanse.

Jess was in charge of drinks and hooked us up with bloody marys with blue cheese olives, mimosas, and screwdrivers. I made mini quiches, espresso chocolate shortbread, and mini loaves of Hawaiian banana bread. (Recipes coming soon.)

What a fun day! I think we for sure have to make this an annual event. It was so great to hang out with all the girls, but also to get rid of old clothes and find some new ones – for free!

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