Monday, April 21, 2014

just a meeting.

I know I mentioned this yesterday, but I just need to give you some banana bread details so you can make it happen in your own kitchen.  Or you can wait for my birthday party in 7 months to which everyone is invited and at which we are going to sit around in silence and eat salted caramel banana bread in large quantities.

If that seems too long to hold out, I completely understand.  Here is the math:
This banana bread + the following caramel sauce + a small sprinkle of coarse salt = in your mouth, whenever you can justify a trip to the kitchen.

Salted Caramel Sauce
adapted from She Wears Many Hats
makes about 1 1/2 cups

Pour 1 1/2 cups sugar into a pot and cover with 1/2 cup water.  Swirl around a bit so the sugar is level at the bottom of the pot.  Heat over medium until boiling.  Do not stir.

Hang out here for a long while.  You will get impatient and think you did something wrong because why isn't it changing colors yet?!?! but you're totally fine.  Resist all stirring urges.

The sugar will bubble and dissolve and the water will evaporate, and then, at last, the whole mix will start to get golden, smoking a little and smelling caramel-y.  Once it gets orangey-brown (still bubbling ferociously), remove the pot from heat and quickly add 2 tablespoons salted butter2/3 cup heavy cream and a dash of vanilla extract. You can stir now!  And you should.  The mix will froth up and get crazy for a second, but then will relax into a beautiful, smooth sauce.  Use warm immediately, or store covered in the fridge and heat before using.

"A party without cake is just a meeting."  Julia Child

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