I was just a kid the first time I had the Original Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding. For a while, every year, my folks would rent a cabin on Big Spirit Lake in Iowa, sometimes with my cousins. Maybe I was five, maybe six, and this was an old green, peeling paint kind cabin, the front porch converted to bunk beds, right on the lake. The last time I was in Spirit Lake it was still there, decades later.
It’s not very often that you’ll see me post a muffin recipe. For a couple of decades now, I’ve been using a recipe that I’ve adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, Big, Beautiful Muffins and there are so many variations that I’m normally absolutely content in making those. But there are few muffins that aren’t able to be made with that recipe…one is a pumpkin muffin, and so came about Healthier Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins and the other is a banana muffin. And that’s where these marvelous muffins, King Arthur Banana Streusel Muffins come in.
I remember hearing about Banoffee Pie decades ago – but what I didn’t know then was just how EASY this is to make. And it’s soooo Caramelly Toffee Banana goodness. A shortbread crust, a good thick layer of Dulce de Leche, bananas and whipping cream touched with coffee. All those wasted years…
I came across a super easy recipe and just HAD to make it. Mainly because I’m at the folk’s house right now and they have a kazillion boxes of brownie mix in the pantry. And who doesn’t like Brownies and Banana Bread? And why not combine them?
Pina Coladas. They’re so good. Sweet, but good. What if you could make a fruit salad that had all the flavor (but none of the booze) of a Pina Colada? I’d drink to that. And the fruit in this salad, especially the bananas and pineapple, play so nicely with the lovely coconut flavors of the Pina Colada mix. Whoaa – mix? Yeah, mix.