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...


  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...

  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! ;)

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

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

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

  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.

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

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

  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 :)

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

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