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Diced! Kathryn – Coffee-Infused Upside Down Banana Baba au Rhum

Today we have an entrant for the second course of the Diced! competition. Contestants were instructed to create or find a recipe for a dessert containing the following ingredients: Bananas, Brown Sugar and Coffee (beans, grinds or liquid). They were instructed to make their dish and create a blog post about it, including pictures. You can help determine who advances to the next round. After the last post, I will post a poll where you can vote for contestants to move on. Vote for the post you like the best. You can vote because of the inventiveness, the yummyness, the use of ingredients, the quality of the writing and pictures or for any other reason. The poll will be active for one week only. Check back and vote. In the event of a tie, the Ranting Chef will choose who advances. More information about Diced! can be found here.

Due to the generosity of the following companies, we have some really awesome products as a prize to the winner of this Diced! competition. In addition to the prizes below, I am working to secure additional ones. The winner will receive:

Today’s contestant, anotherfoodieblogger (also known as Kathryn or KR Big Fish by her friends) is a transplanted Texan living in the Pacific Northwest who has been blogging about her culinary delights (and disasters!) for almost two years. Here’s Kathryn…

Coffee-Infused Upside Down Banana Baba au Rhum

Coffee-Infused Upside Down Banana Baba au Rhum Top Photo copy - Featured Size

Once again, a big shout-out to all the wonderful folk who voted my last recipe through to the final round of Diced! This next round had me a bit nervous, as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and don’t do a lot of dessert dishes. So I had to rely on finding some other recipes that I could cobble together to come up with something “original” that included the three required ingredients: Coffee, Bananas, and Brown Sugar.

The day I got the ingredient list, I also got the latest edition of Southern Living in the mail. (Yes, I love my print magazines!)  And lo and behold, way in the back of the issue was a coffee-flavored bundt cake called Baba ah Rhum! Bingo! But there were no bananas to be found in that one, so had to go find another recipe that used bananas as a dessert. I ran across an interesting upside-down banana tart on Chow’s website but it used a pastry dough as the crust. I started thinking about how I could combine those too, and settled on scaling down the bundt cake and using the cake instead as the “crust” for the bananas.

For the coffee, I decided to use a dark roasted coffee called “Amen Again,” which is hand-roasted and delivered to your door by Dan over at Coffee on the Porch website. He makes a lot of great coffees, so stop on by there and check out his selections.

Amen Again Coffee Beans

There was a lot of hand-wringing and fretting as I whisked, combined, simmered, and baked each step of the dish. And oh my gosh, it came out just incredible! The coffee infusion into the cake and bananas helped tone down the sweetness and the dollop of ice cream on top of the warm cake and bananas made for a heavenly dessert. (Which I ate, by the way, BEFORE my dinner.)

Although technically Baba au Rhum is made with rum, I had to make this kid-friendly so my daughter could eat it, so left out the alcohol. Either way, leaving it out sure did not make any difference in how delicious this came out!

Coffee-Infused Upside-Down Banana Baba au Rhum

For the Banana Topping:
1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup strong-brewed coffee
1 large cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large almost ripe bananas
Juice from 1/2 large lemon
Vanilla bean ice cream, for serving

For the Baba au Rhum:
3 large eggs, separated
5/8 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons finely ground coffee
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/8 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 cup brewed coffee
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coffee Syrup

In a deep-sided cast iron skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat, then add the brown sugar, coffee, and cinnamon stick. Stir continuously until it starts to boil, then reduce heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove the cinnamon stick and remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Slicing Bananas

Now slice the bananas on the diagonal, then mix them and the lemon juice gently into the coffee syrup. I’m assuming the lemon juice is to keep the bananas from turning brown.  I found there was way too much syrup, so I removed about 1/3 cup of it at this point. Now it is time to make the cake batter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the yolks and white sugar until it is thick. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, ground coffee, and salt.  Add it to the yolk mixture until blended. It’s pretty thick at this point but the next step loosens it up. Stir in the melted butter and milk and mix until blended.

Using an electric hand mixer, whisk the egg whites in another bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold about one-third of the egg whites into the yolk batter. Gently fold in the rest of the egg whites until combined, but don’t over-mix it.

Pour the batter evenly over the bananas and syrup. Place skillet in preheated oven, and bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Baked Upside-Down Cake

Meanwhile, add coffee and brown sugar to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Set aside until cake is done, and reheat slightly just before removing the cake from the oven.

When the cake is done, remove from oven, and let sit for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Pierce the top of the cake all over about 20 times with a skewer. Pour all but about a half a cup of the syrup evenly over it. Now comes the scary part. Using oven mitts, place a large platter over the skillet, then quickly flip the platter and skillet upside down. I held my breath as I lifted up the skillet.

Upside Down Banana Cake

WHEW! Not too bad. Only a few of the bananas stuck to the skillet, so I simply unstuck them with a fork and replaced them to the top of the cake. Beautiful!

Serve slices of the warm cake with vanilla ice cream, pour some of the extra coffee syrup over it, and dig in! Just heavenly!

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anotherfoodieblogger (also known as Kathryn or KR Big Fish by her friends) is a transplanted Texan living in the Pacific Northwest who has been blogging about her culinary delights (and disasters!) for almost two years. By day she is a software business analyst, and in her spare time she spends even more time on a computer writing her blog.

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Categories: Alcohol, Baking3, Dessert 2, Diced!, Fruit 2, Recipes, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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4 Comments on “Diced! Kathryn – Coffee-Infused Upside Down Banana Baba au Rhum”

  1. February 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    oh yum – doesnt sound easy though..

  2. February 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    It’s just a lot of bowls, but the process is easy enough! Thank you for the comment!

  3. February 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Reblogged this on anotherfoodieblogger and commented:
    Thank you Ranting Chef once again for this opportunity! It has been fun!

  4. KaMaBuA
    February 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    >;~D This has GOT to be the easiest Baba au Rhum recipe I’ve ever seen! Wish I had it two year’s back when my late Papa had a hankerin’ for the Babas ( Of course, WITH the “au Rhum” *G*! ) of his youth in New Orleans. Not one that I came across was as clearly explained as Kathryn’s above, yet I tried ( Close,, but no cigar. ). Thankyou, SO very much, to both Kathryn and The Ranting Chef. <3

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