Monday, February 01, 2010

Q: What is the Opposite of a Bundt Cake?

Q: What is the opposite of a bundt cake?

A: How about...waffles?

I'm not sure if "waffles" is the exact opposite of a bundt cake (maybe doughnut holes would be a better answer?) but they do seem pretty far apart on the Baking Spectrum. Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes were the TWD choice this week, and as much as I tried, I just could not get excited about making them. Something is wrong when you have to give yourself a pep talk and force yourself into the kitchen to make a dessert.

So, I decided to take a pass this week and instead got my sweet tooth on by making nutritionally suspect but oh-so-delicious Breakfast for Dinner (or Brinner, if you will.) For this Brinner installment, we had banana waffles with amazingly, insanely, unbelievably good Banana Butter Pecan Topping.



Yes, it looks a bit unsavory, but trust me: this topping is so good you'll be sucking it out of the waffle holes and licking your chops for more. It has a rich caramel taste from brown sugar, with sweet banana chunks melted in and crunchy toasted pecans. I can also verify that it makes a killer addition to an otherwise virtuous bowl of oatmeal. We suspect it's also a delicious ice cream topping, but further research is needed in this area, just to be sure.

Epic Banana Butter Pecan Topping

1/4 cup (2 oz) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 ripe bananas, halved and chopped
1 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
1.5 tsp vanilla extract

1. Melt the butter in a small skillet.
2. Add the brown sugar and allow it to melt, stirring occasionally. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly, thick, and gives off a lovely caramel smell.
3. Add the cinnamon, bananas, pecans, and vanilla, and cook for 3 minutes more, stirring frequently. Serve warm on waffles, pancakes, yogurt, ice cream, spoons, fingers, etc...

12 comments:

  1. Well I glad you found something to tickle your fancy instead of the mini bundts! Waffles are a great choice... and contrary to what you think, they look great... and am sure they were just as tasty.

    Really mouthwatering, Liz!

    I couldn't get excited about the minis either, but I flipped them around another way...

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  2. Ooh, wow, with my love for all things banana, those look and sound delicious! (the bundt cakes were just okay, so you didn't really miss out, except on maybe a few unwanted calories and such. I still ate some and didn't love it, but ate it anyway. You have a much healthier brinner there! ;)

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  3. Pretty sure my guys would love the idea of this...need to steal this one, thanks in advance. They look very pretty, too!

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  4. We do brinner quite often here. Last week I made Cheddar Black Pepper biscuits and made egg sandwiches with them for brinner!

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  5. Those look fantastic. I would rather have a waffle than a little cake right now.

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  6. I just ate lunch, and I'm drooling. Legitimately drooling. And I hate hot bananas. This looks and sounds so good that I don't care that it has hot bananas. Must. Make.

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  7. The mini bundts were delicious but your pecan topping looks amazing.

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  8. I love bananas!! So these seem perfect for me :) Tomorrow morning breakfast, I'm sure!

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  9. Ha ha ha, I LOVE the idea of waffles for Brinner, (I always feel guilted out to do something savoury like scrambled eggs). That certainly looks like an epic topping - let us know how the research goes :)

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  10. Wonderful bundt cakes ;) Have never made waffles, these look amazing: especially that topping!

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  11. We just did "brinner" (love it - stealing it) on Tuesday night with pancakes but waffles are my favorite. These look great.

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