Here I am showing off my new bakers half sheets with lids! It was Christmas in July at my house this week when this surprise gift arrived from my nephew Ryan. At our recent family reunion Ryan brought four of these bad boys to use and was the envy of every cook in the family! Now I know envy is a sin, so I will just call it a big dose of enthusiasm that bubbled over as I used Ryan’s pans to make a batch of rice krispie treats. Ryan used them to bake Pepperoni Bread (recipe coming soon) and outstanding carrot cake bars!
Fast forward a couple of weeks and I am home cleaning out my freezer and I pull out six really, really ripe frozen bananas. What to do, what to do? I have a Healthified Frosted Banana Bar recipe but I decided to go looking for something “different”. Do you do that sometimes? You don’t know what you want to bake, you just know you want “something different”? Well, have you ever roasted bananas?
Yep, you read that right – roasted bananas. I found the recipe at www.myrecipes.com posted by Lindsay Weiss of Overland Park, Kansas. She says it came from Cooking Light magazine. It intrigued me and I was wondering if roasting bananas brings out a richer, deeper flavor. According to my taste-testers, The Chief and my sous-chef dish-washing mom — these are the best banana bars I’ve ever made! Their words, not mine.
Lindsay’s recipe called for a browned butter pecan frosting. I opted to put the pecans in the banana bars and leave them out of the frosting. I didn’t brown the butter because I wanted the creamy texture that comes from combining butter and cream cheese with a little vanilla and powdered sugar. I also doubled the recipe and instead of baking in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish I baked it in my bakers half sheet pan which is roughly 13″ x 18″.
Just in case you are wondering what this has to do with the bakers half sheet baking pans with lids — it was at this point I was wishing I had one of those pans to cover up my beautiful pan of frosted banana bars. Instead I used foil, which sank a bit in the refrigerator and smooshed my lovely cream cheese frosting. Truly this isn’t an earth-shattering crisis, but it did remind me of the bakers half sheet pans with lids that Ryan had. I sent him a quick email and asked him to send me the name and information about the sheets.
If you don’t have bananas on hand now, print out this recipe, buy some bananas and let them get over-ripe. In the meantime you can order these pans and before you know it you will be roasting bananas too!
Have a blessed and happy 4th of July weekend,
2 Corinthians 3:17
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
“… that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
“… and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”