Sunday, January 30, 2011

Banana Phyllo Rolls with Caramel Sabayon Sauce

Here is my interpretation and additional instructions for making this recipe. I made them last night and they were delicious. It would be a great dessert for Valentine's Day.

1 package phyllo dough (14" x 18"), thawed (I used #7 thick phyllo)
1/2 cup butter, melted
8 bananas
3/4 cup white chocolate, grated or mini chips
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and ground
3/4 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

Peel bananas and cut in half both lengthwise and widthwise.

Get a damp towel to cover unused phyllo while you are working. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on work surface. Brush with butter. Bring down top short edge and bring up bottom short edge so that you fold it in thirds (diagram 1 and 2). Brush again with butter. Place one piece of banana and 1 T white chocolate and nuts or coconut (diagram 3). Fold up over banana filling once (diagram 4). Fold over long edges to seal in fillings (diagram 5). Roll up rest of phyllo around filling (diagram 6). Brush with butter and place seam side down on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake bananas in preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over cooled rolls. Serve with Sabayon Sauce (recipe below)

Makes 16 rolls.

Caramel Sabayon Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream

In top of double boiler, over hot water, mix sugar and egg yolks. Heat until hot to touch, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Using mixer, whip at high speed until stiff and thick. Add cream and whip until fluffy.

I made mine like a loose whip cream. I've never had it before so if anyone knows if it is supposed to be more runny, let me know.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Star in a Day top finished

The stars aligned today! I had a holiday from work but my daughter still had daycare, so I ended up with a chunk of time to finish up this quilt top. The pattern is Star in a Day from Star Saavy Laps from Fats. I dropped it off to be quilted this afternoon. When it is done and bound, it will be hung on the wall in our family room.

  • Border and center: Tranquility from Sandy Gervais by Moda
  • Red: Deb Strain by Moda
  • Ivory: various fat quarters
  • Background: Petals & Paisleys by Possibilities for Quilting Treasures
  • Backing: Serenity by Heather Mulder Petersen for Henry Glass

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vocabulary of a two year old

My daughter is two and saying the cutest things.

dingle bells=jingle bells
I carry you=pick me up and carry me
I lub you too=I love you

Friday, January 7, 2011

Just what I've been doing lately

I love this mug my parents gave me for Christmas, especially when filled with a steaming cup of soy chai (and preferably sitting next to my sewing machine).

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chocolate, Wine and Roses

I'm kind of working towards having some seasonal quilts to display at home. I don't have that many on display. Some, like this top I just completed, are great because although it is kind of Valentine's day, it can stay up all year if I want. It is a little soft and floral for my regular taste, but there is a side of me that likes this sort of thing (in moderation). I'm pretty eclectic in my taste. Modern mixed with traditional, streamlined mixed with ornate. (There are no rules, you know!) What I really like about this quilt is how the blocks interlock so it is hard to tell where one starts and another begins. Now, I need to quilt it.