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A Rainy Day Success

Feb
16

It’s been raining all day and the culvert is NOT FLOODED. For a change!

Besides my personal convenience during daily chores, straightening up the culvert so that it wouldn’t make a pond every time it rains was important in order to start doing business out here. I don’t think people would enjoy the conditions very much as they were. This is the first real good rain test since the work was done. On the downside, the rain has put off my “coop d’etat” on the chickens as chickens don’t cooperate very well in the rain.

In other news, you know I should not be allowed near shelter animals.

Say hello to Maude.

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Caramelized Banana Crumble

Feb
16

I had a hankering for something banana, but I couldn’t find the right banana thing that fulfilled all my longings. I wanted something brown sugary banana, and I wanted it to be a sort of breaded-ish banana thing, but not banana bread. Or banana cake. Or banana muffins. I put my ideas together and made a caramelized banana crumble.

If you have some kind of odd banana longing today, maybe this is for you!

The bananas for this recipe should be firm.

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How to make Caramelized Banana Crumble:

8 medium bananas
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup orange juice (or rum! go ahead)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Crumble topping–
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup butter or margarine

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. While melting the butter, cut the bananas in half.

Then slice each half lengthwise.

Add the brown sugar to the melted butter then place the banana slices in the pan.

Cook for about one minute. Carefully turn the bananas in the mixture. Pour in the orange juice (or rum) and add the cinnamon.

Turn the heat up to high and boil down the bananas in the sauce for several minutes. Keep an eye on the sauce–don’t let it burn. You’ll end up with a nice, thick sauce.

Transfer the bananas and sauce to an 8 x 8 greased dish. In a medium-size bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and egg. Stir into a crumble mixture. Spoon over the bananas.

Cut butter over the top. Bake at 350-degrees for about 40-45 minutes, or until crumble top turns golden brown.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream–at once!

I love this one. It’s easy, delicious, and just a little bit different. Good any time, but I think it would also make a great company dessert because it’s unique. You could also add a handful of raisins and/or nuts, or a hint of ground cloves for a more spicy sauce. Try it and let me know!

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