Momofuku Milk Bar Banana Cream Pie

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People always say, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ I say, ‘when life gives you black overripe bananas, make Momofuku banana cream pie.’

Who knew that leaving your bananas to practically rot away in your kitchen over Christmas by mistake was a good thing?! Blackened bananas are the key ingredient to this unforgettable pie. They are the starring ingredient here, paying homage to the humble banana. This brilliant idea comes from Christina Tosi, creator of Momofuku Milk Bar.

In Tosi’s recipe, she recommends leaving your bananas to ripen until the skin is practically black. This way they become intensely flavoured, soft and with an unmistakable caramel punch to them. Not the kind of banana you’d like to eat though. Save your sweet yellow eating bananas for the hidden middle layer of sliced banana.

I absolutely love the ideas that emerge from the Milk Bar cookbook. Using humble ingredients, Christina Tosi creates approachable and unique desserts. I’m drawn to her diverse use of everyday foods; ones that you wouldn’t typically use in baking. For example, her compost cookie is packed with chocolate chips, pretzels and crisps! The Momofuku Milk Bar book will definitely be a new addition to my bookshelf.

So before you emerge in the new year a new you, healthier and vowed off sugar for the best part of January; I urge you to try this ingenious creation. Theres always room for more pie in my world.

Fun internet watching: If you want to know more about this and watch Christina herself make this pie, you can watch it in the series “The Mind of a Chef” in the episode ‘Rotten.’ A great quick watch I’d highly recommend. Click Here to watch

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A Summer Weekend Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie

IMG_2106 2IMG_2128Usually when I post on here, I plan ahead. I make whatever delicious treat I crave a week in advance and schedule a time on my days off to sit in front of my computer. Today though, I made something so ideal for this warm summer weekend that I had to post it today.

The weather here has been pure bliss; glistening sunshine that tickles the skin, ocean blue skies and a gentle breeze to cool you. My favourite kind of weather is a crisp spring or autumn morning however, this has some strong competition after today’s perfect weather.

For me, summer is about a plethora of vibrant plump fruits and vegetables. Cooking is so much easier in the warm weather. In winter you need to add other flavours to potatoes and lets face it, kind of boring root vegetables. It requires an effort. In summer though, fruits scream with their bright coloured skins and burst with lively flavours bringing your taste buds to life. No need for extras. Just let their natural, delightful sweetness charm you into long summer nights and the smoky calling of your barbecue. Continue reading “A Summer Weekend Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie”

Beating those January Blues: Appleberry Pie

slice of pie 2One lovely thing about working Sundays (because you have to find some perks when you feel like you’re the only one having to go to work in the whole world) is when I reach Oxford Circus, walk down a side road and it feels like I’m no longer in Central London anymore. Continue reading “Beating those January Blues: Appleberry Pie”

Back to basics: Lemon Meringue Pie

lemon meringue 4Just look at that pie.

Or any pie for that matter.

They’re so inviting. The feeling I get with pies is similar to my feelings on birthday cake. That urge to just throw your face into the top of it. I’m yet to fulfil my dream of eating an entire birthday cake with my hands. Continue reading “Back to basics: Lemon Meringue Pie”

Cranberry Orange and Pear Pies

Cranberry Pies Lets just take a minute and spare a thought for those of us who don’t like Mince Pies.

Yes, I agree. Crazy people right?

Mince Pies are boozy, packed with raisins and sugar. Just nom. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the humble Mince Pie and Christmas Pud.

But for people like my sister, who have an aversion to that awesome christmas taste, here are some beautiful, festive alternative pies. Continue reading “Cranberry Orange and Pear Pies”