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Caramelized Banana w/ Toasted Coconut

I am so excited to share this beautiful paleta with you.  I’ve been working on this recipe for a few weeks now, trying to work all the kinks to make sure it is perfect for its debut this week.  I’m doing this one for my friend Steven from my Saturday market, he’s a self proclaimed banana fanatic!  And what’s better than banana?  Banana caramelized in butter and cane sugar with pan toasted coconut.  Yummy!

I start this recipe by melting butter with evaporated cane sugar in a large pan, then adding sliced bananas when the butter mixture is hot and bubbling.  I cooked the bananas for a few minutes on each side, until they were the color of caramel and shinny.  (Its hard to see in these pictures, the lighting was bad, but let your imagination run wild.)

                    

I then transferred the bananas to the blender where I added milk, cinnamon and the toasted coconut to the mixture.  I think toasting the coconut was my favorite part of this process.  I used the same pan as the bananas to do this.  So with bits of caramelized butter and cane sugar stuck to the pan I threw in a hand full of shredded coconut and let the heat do the rest of the work.  I would like to refer to this as perfection.  

A whirl in the blender and the mixture was ready to pour into molds and freeze.  The final product is a creamy, decadent experience that is just too good to miss.  You have to try one of these!  

                

Louisville Farmer’s Market at Landis Lakes w/ Food Trucks & Live Music!

A big thank you goes to John and everyone with the Louisville Farmer’s Market for putting on a great event at Landis Lakes Towne Center today.  I walked away with a few more followers, a full belly of great food and even a few pears.  

I have to give love to the band that played in the 100+ heat, and did it with smiles on their faces.  Live jazz music from Champion Farm.  Be sure to check them out on facebook!  Click here for a link to their page.  Even my son loved them, he couldn’t stop staring.  It was so cute I had to take a picture.  

                               

In addition to the live music and fresh farm produce there was some great food to find at this event.  First, my paletas of course.  I debuted Strawberry Basil and had an awesome response.  Almost sold out of ‘em, but my hubby showed up half way through with reinforcements to replenish my supply.  Although, I did sell out of Sour Plum and my ‘Off the Board’ special: Blackberry.  

    

In addition to my amazing paletas my hubby and I were able to have a dinner meant for the gods.  We split a brick oven Greek pizza with taziki sauce from Blue Grass Brick Oven, a B&B (bacon and brie) burger from Grind, and a Mango Chili paleta from me!  It was delicious and the perfect way to finish out a great event.

A big thank you to everyone who came out and showed your love today.  And a little thank you to those who thought about it but didn’t end up making it out (I know, it was really hot, but I still love you too).

For more event locations and times for this week click here.  See you soon!

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