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I had intended to write about something else today, but I have to put it on hold and just say a big thank you to all of you for your comments on yesterday’s post.  When I wrote it, I didn’t write it hoping to get comments and praise, but you all overwhelmed me with your love and support.  And I realized I didn’t mention one other thing I love about this whole blogging thing – all of you!!  Whether you are a regular commenter or just a regular reader who doesn’t comment, I am so thankful for all of you.  You all really make this worthwhile to me.  I wish that I could meet each one of you in person and thank you – you really do mean the world to me!!

Today’s Cookbook of the Month recipe – well, I didn’t really stick to the recipe.  I started out following the recipe, but it just didn’t feel like it was working out for me, so I switched some steps around.  And I loved the final product!  Well, it was a bit sweet, but my bananas were super ripe and I used the amount of sugar called for in the original recipe.  I cut the sugar down in the recipe below, and you could probably cut it down even more if your bananas are really ripe and sweet.  But I really think this recipe would be great with bananas that are still a bit firm and not as sweet.

From my reading, and a few things I’ve read online, it sounds like this is actually a very popular and common Thai dessert.  It is simple, but it often seems like the most simple desserts and dishes are the ones that are most widely known and used throughout a culture.  I had quite a large serving in my photo, but I think this is the kind of dessert that is probably best served in small portions, especially since it is so rich.  But it’s a winner!

Recipe Rating:  4.25 out of 5


Bananas Simmered in Coconut Cream
adapted from Thai Food

serves 4

2 cups coconut cream
3-4 large bananas
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup white sugar
large pinch of salt

Put the coconut cream in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cook, still stirring, until thickened.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Peel the bananas and slice into large chunks.  Place the coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Add the bananas, and simmer until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the sugar and salt, swirling gently to mix in without breaking up the bananas.  Add in the coconut cream.  Simmer a few minutes more to allow the sugar to dissolve and absorb.

Serve hot straight from the stove, or serve warm.

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13 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Bananas Simmered in Coconut Cream

  1. Vivienne says:

    wow – didn't know this is a type of thai dessert! i haven't seen u rate a recipe this high recently? think i have all the ingredients so may give this rich dessert a go after dinner this wkend 😀
    btw, i thought of you when I was at IKEA today and bought a bag of those meatballs hehehe. just need to get jams and bbq sauce now!

  2. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    It sounds so simple! Sounds delicious too, my son would love to make this, thanks!

  3. Jennifurla says:

    Sounds really great

  4. Susi says:

    That sounds wonderful! I'm going to bookmark this since my 12 year old always wants to make something and he would have fun putting this together for the family :o) Thanks for sharing!

  5. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    I've never heard of this recipe before, but it looks delicious! I love your coconut prop, too. 😉 Thanks for sharing and opening my eyes to something new!

  6. delishliving.com says:

    So fun! Beautiful dessert too. I was in Thailand several years ago, and this definitely reminded me of some of the dishes/desserts I ate there. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Joanne says:

    I think you're so right about how it's often the simplest desserts that really stick in people's minds. Simple and delicious. I love the banana/coconut combination. It is certainly one that would satisfy my sweet tooth!

  8. claire says:

    just saw you tweet about these… They look amazing! sounds simple too!

  9. Michelle says:

    Oh yeah, that's exactly the kind of recipe I'd try with zero sugar and see what happens. Sounds yummy! Maybe add raisins or something if it didn't taste sweet enough. But cooked fruit has a lot of sugar already! I just made applesauce last night and it was super without a bit of added sugar.

  10. Ingrid says:

    We're serious banana lover so I'm all over this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  11. blackbookkitchendiaries says:

    my mom loves making this dessert when we were growing up. this is very delicious. thank you for sharing this. have a nice weekend.

  12. grace says:

    this seems awesomely exotic. ah, coconut–it never disappoints. 🙂

  13. Monet says:

    What a simple yet flavorful dessert. I like to make Thai food but I never know what to serve after the main meal. Problem solved! Thank you for sharing…and I hope your weekend is full of laughter, cooking and love!

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