In attempt to banish the late-winter doldrums, we've rounded up 17 transportive desserts that make use of creamy coconut, tangy pineapple, and other tropical fruits and flavors. They're a little bit of sunshine you can taste, even when you've forgotten what the touch of warm summer rays feels like.
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Welcome to our newest column, Seasonal Sweets, where Jenny McCoy—pastry chef, ICE instructor, and author of Desserts for Every Season—will be sharing a recipe that highlights the best ingredients of the season. First up? Easy chocolate-banana croissants.
If you haven't thought of using bananas in a fruit crisp, this sweet, boozy dish will make you think again.
Need to use up some bananas that are past their prime? Check out these banana sweets from the SE community for inspiration.
Bananas and nuts are an idiot-proof combination, but the addition of malted milk is like having a milkshake in cake form. Which is to say, excellent.
In homage to New Orleans, a moist chocolate banana snack cake is topped with a chicory coffee glaze.
What do you get when you top a moist buttermilk banana cake with sandy crumbs and chocolate ganache squiggles? A darn good knock off of Entenmann's Banana Crunch Cake.
Fresh bananas get stuffed into the bottom and on top of this luscious chocolate cream pie.
Slices of caramelized banana coated in anise liqueur laid down on a pillow of puff pastry possess sophisticated flavor for a process so simple. Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook provides a recipe for an open-faced "pie" that's sure to be consumed faster than it takes to bake.
I became obsessed with combining peanut butter and bananas. Enter the banana peanut butter ice cream sandwich: banana ice cream smooshed between soft but rich peanut butter and oat cookies.
Ripe bananas are right at home in this moist cashew and coconut laden cake. Top it off with a rum spiked glaze.
If we all know that the best part of coffee cake is the crumb, why not just make a coffee cake with a ton of streusel topping? That's what I finally said to myself, and that's why I made this cake.
There's a chocolate chip cookie recipe for every day of the year. But adding banana makes these crispy, chocolate-studded treats something special. If you're the kind that adds chocolate chips to your banana bread, this is the cookie for you.
One of the downsides to being a pastry chef is fighting for oven space, especially when that surprise brunch service comes around. One way I deal with it is doing this make-ahead banana oatmeal bread. Like many baked goods, it actually benefits from a chilling period (freezing included), though you may not be able to resist this fluffy-yet-hearty quickbread straight from the oven.
Cajeta (sometimes called Mexican caramel) makes one heck of an incredible cake, especially when combined with a caramelized banana topping and some vanilla bean ice cream or anglaise. Unfortunately, in the pastry world, good ideas aren't always appreciated.
This pie pays homage to the humble peanut butter and banana sandwich in that it is both delicious and simple to make. The oat crust, made from Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal, is the perfect crumbly contrast to the filling; layers of peanut butter mousse and fresh, ripe bananas.
Banana is a great ice cream flavor to veganize, and everyone should have at least one solid vegan ice cream in their book. Churn up this banana-coconut mashup for a lush, juicy, and deeply nutty scoop that behaves a lot like actual ice cream.
Have you ever watched someone take their first bite of banana cream pie? They taste. Their eyelashes flutter closed. They sigh. They moan. And then, they dive in for more. It's downright risqué. In fact, the only thing better than eating banana cream pie might be making one, knowing that you'll be bringing happiness and pleasure to the world.
By combining mini chocolate chip cookies with slices of fresh banana, these sandwiches feel like snack time. The cookies themselves are crisp and crunchy and the banana makes for an almost healthy sandwich cookie filling—well, healthier than buttercream or chocolate ganache.
For our second foray into the world of whoopies I was all set to share a classic chocolate cake-vanilla butter cream filled pie from Sarah Billingsley's and Amy Treadwell's Whoopie Pies. That was until I glanced over at the bananas sitting on my kitchen counter creeping into past-their-prime territory. Chocolate and banana in whoopie form? Yup, that sounded like an even tastier plan.