Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you author, Nancy Gideon and her recipe for Banana Bread Pudding and Bananas Foster along with an introduction to her book, Seeker of Shadows. Please join me in welcoming Nancy and savor her recipe for Banana Bread Pudding as you read about her new book!
Getting Just Desserts in New Orleans with Nancy Gideon
One of the best parts of being a writer is the research . . . especially when its hands on. That means travel.
It’s no accident that I set my “By Moonlight” dark paranormal series in New Orleans, my favorite city. In the Quarter, the cuisine is an experience unto itself. The Court of the Two Sisters and Antoine’s Hermes Bar for Creole, La Bayou on a Bourbon Street balcony still draped with beads from Mardi Gras for Cajun, fried catfish at Daisy Dukes and gator poppers at Margaritaville (and it WAS 5:00!): New Orleans is all about the food!
After a long day of walking off those calories, shopping along Royal and Decatur, touring the cemeteries and the Garden District, it’s libation and dessert time. I’m not normally a dessert person, but the way they make them in the Big Easy is an event unto itself. Nothing caps a day like café au lait and beignets drenched with powdered sugar in the plastic chairs at Café du Monde while listening to street musicians on the Square. Except maybe Aunt Sallie’s pralines with pajamas on and sore feet bare. Or Sazeracs (the official cocktail of New Orleans) and rum-soaked bread pudding at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen. Something about that irresistible sweetness to top off the spicy adventures of the day…ahhhhh. I can’t wait to go back for another helping!
Take a bite . . .
Banana Bread Pudding
Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine
Courtesy of Linda Green, Ms. Linda’s Catering, New Orleans
Servings: Makes 10 – 12
- 1 1/2 – 2 loaves stale French bread, torn into pieces
- 6 cups whole milk, in all
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup gold rum
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons banana flavoring
- rum sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2/3 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup rum
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon banana flavoring
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 9 x12-inch deep baking dish and set aside. Soak bread in 4 cups of milk in a large bowl, pushing bread down into milk occasionally. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with sugars until sugar is dissolved. Add 1 cup of the milk to lighten mixture. Use the remaining 1 cup of milk as needed to make sure the bread is soaked through. When bread is thoroughly soaked, fold in egg mixture, bananas, spices and flavorings. Pour mixture into baking pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until completely set.
Dissolve cornstarch in the water. In a non- reactive saucepan bring sugars, rum, flavorings, and cornstarch mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook for one minute stirring constantly. Add butter, stirring until incorporated. Keep sauce warm until ready to serve.
For a taste of another simpler but just as sinful favorite:
Bananas Foster (4 Servings)
3 ripe bananas
1 stick of butter
½ c brown sugar
½ c dark run
vanilla ice cream
Melt butter in non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Cut bananas in half lengthwise then in pieces and add to skillet. Cook for 3 minutes, shaking skillet back and forth. Add rum and carefully ignite with fireplace lighter. Cook 30 seconds or until flame dies out. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Now that I’ve whet your appetite, here’s a sample of the 6th book in my shape-shifter series:
SEEKER OF SHADOWS
“Rich and complex. Gideon delivers. Enticing new dimensions to the Shifter world keep things fresh (with) well-crafted prose and page-turning tension” – Publishers Weekly
How can he trust his future to the woman who stole his past?
Shifter club owner, Jacques LaRoche is fiercely protective of his freedom. Stripped of his memories of a former life, he instinctively longs for the mate stolen from him. Until a mysterious visitor from the North stirs desire in a heart he thought belonged to another.
Pursuing an unexpected key to her research, Chosen geneticist, Susanna Duchamps risks discovery in New Orleans when her presence ignites a deadly clan confrontation. Forced to choose between the rediscovery of forbidden passion and the fate of a species, can she risk all to reclaim the love of the man she’s never forgotten? Or will she have to betray him once again in order to save the secret she protects?
If he knew the truth, would he still claim her?
“This dark and seductive story is rife with the delicious possibility of a happily-ever-after for an unlikely pair. Conflict keeps things exciting and plunging forward as the plot twists and turns. Don’t blink, the book will be over before you know it.” Romantic Times Book Reviews
Author of over 50 romances ranging from historicals and series romantic suspense to dark paranormal vampires and shape-shifters, Nancy Gideon continues her sizzling “By Moonlight” shape-shifter series with a tale of dangerous alliances and rediscovered love on May 29, 2012. Discover more about SEEKER OF SHADOWS and the “By Moonlight” series at www.nancygideon.com.