Month: August 2018

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

The other day, my mom and I were talking about this blog and how things had been going. She mentioned that she had noticed there hadn’t been as much narrative  attached to the recipes, and after some consideration, I realized she was right. You see, from day one this site has not existed merely to fill bowls and spoons with calorie-packed cakes and frosting-swirled treats. I wanted Wood and Spoon to be a place where people could come to nourish their bellies but also their hearts too. It’s safe to say that this blog will never have the easiest recipes, the best shortcuts, or be regarded as the premier resource for baking how-to’s, but I’ll be damned if you leave these pages feeling anything less than encouraged and inspired to create in your own homes. In our weird sort of internet kind of way, I want us to be friends and to engage with stories and food in a way that will impact you in your own world. Does that make sense?

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we can be transparent here. We can share cookies and recipes, but moreso than that, I want us t0 share words and memories like two friends would over cups of coffee at the kitchen counter. I want to invite you into my world, my kitchen, in hopes that you feel the freedom to do the same in your own circles. If you leave this site with an idea to create and the gumption to love the ones around you via food, well, my job is done.

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

So for the sake of transparency, I want to talk about joy. I heard someone recently say that joy is the unicorn of emotions. It’s hard to capture it, to feel it all the time, or to understand what it’s all about, but when you see it, you know what you’ve witnessed. Joy has been the elusive theme of my life for a few months now, and I constantly find myself on the hunt- looking for it around each corner, trying to figure out how to bottle up that magic for myself. 

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

I see joy on the faces of my toddlers as they race around our yard and dance about our living room. I witness it in airports as families welcome home long-awaited brothers and sisters. I feel it in church, in the the crescendo of a good song, and even sometimes in the confines of my kitchen, that little sanctuary where, every once in a while, I capture a memory of someone I love through a single bite of food.

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Joy eludes me when I lose touch with my willingness to receive it. I tend to put my head down and rush from task to task, deadline to deadline, constantly existing in the process but never really looking up long enough to enjoy it. This way of life buries me, and it’s not until I look up to catch a breath that I realize what I’ve been missing.

So that has been me these past few months. This site and the stories we share are hugely important to me, but I needed to slow down into some weeks of saying “YES!” to other things. For all the times I said “No” to testing recipes, editing photos, or checking my email for the millionth time, I said “Yes” to something I needed more. I said “Yes” to my children and to later dinnertimes, to popsicles in the backyard and dreaming about the future with my husband. I said “Yes” to some things that make me really joyful.

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

One of the recipes I did take time to love on is this honey cake with figs and whipped cream cheese. Every year, like clockwork, my father-in-law’s fig tree produces a bounty of fruit that is so beautiful, it’s almost a travesty that the harvest is so short. After last year’s honey mascarpone tart, I knew I wanted to capture that summer essence in a beautiful and simple cake. This honey cake with figs and whipped cream cheese is what I came up with, and I think you’re going to like it.

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

For starters, we’ve got a single layer cake, rich and heavy from the addition of honey. To lighten it up, a cream cheese whipped cream, barely tangy and totally cloud-like, goes on top and is adorned with some over-the-top toppings. Juicy figs are sliced and sprinkled on with candied walnuts and a drizzle of honey to finish off this summertime stunner. Truly, this honey cake with figs and whipped cream cheese is as yummy as it is beautiful.

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ll spare you the details on how to make this cake and will instead give you some tips for success here. First, be sure to assemble the cake with its toppings just before serving. While the cream cheese does help make the whipped cream more stable, it still will eventually fall and become watery. In addition, the figs will release juices once cut and coated with sugar, so if you want to avoid a sticky mess, be sure to assemble close to consumption time. For a more honey-forward cake, you can sub some of the sugar out for additional honey, but keep in mind that this substitution will change the texture of the cake. See the notes section of the recipe for more on that. Finally, do not skip the nuts here. This barely-sweet cake benefits from the texture and flavor that the sweet morsels of walnuts provide, so much so that one could argue they are the real hero here.

With that being said, I want to introduce you to a new friend that you’ll be seeing on the pages of this blog over the next year: Diamond of California Nuts! I am thrilled to have partnered with my long-time go-to, and over the coming year we are going to create some seriously delicious things with these nutty beauties. Please welcome them into your own kitchens, and thank you in advance for supporting the brands that makes the magic on this site possible. Happy baking to you all!

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this honey cake with figs and whipped cream cheese you should check out:

Pistachio Honey Bars

Honey Mascarpone Tart with Figs and Salty Graham Cracker Crust

Honey Nut Biscuits

Honey Salted Almond Ice Cream

Strawberry Fig Pop-Tarts

 

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Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

This honey cake with figs and whipped cream cheese is a simple summer cake topped with candied walnuts, tangy whipped cream, and sweet fruit. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 40
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake (Adapted from Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson):

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (170 gm) honey
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (280 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 gm) buttermilk, at room temperature

For the whipped cream:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (60 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • 11/2 cups (360 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk (optional)

For the candied walnuts:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

For the topping:

  • Figs, or another chopped fruit of your choice
  • Extra honey for drizzling
  • Candied Walnuts

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the bottom of a light-colored 9” (springform would work here as well) pan, lining the bottom with a round of parchment paper. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, honey, sugar, and vanilla extract. Start on low speed to combine and then increase to medium-high (I use 6 on my mixer) for 6 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, stirring on low after each addition to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl. In a small bowl, stir to combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter and honey mixture, stirring on low to almost combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl, stir in the buttermilk, and then add the remaining dry ingredients, stirring only until incorporated. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and baking in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before topping with the whipped cream, figs, and walnuts. You can also drizzle additional honey as desired. Serve immediately.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the whipping cream a tablespoon at a time until it is all incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase the speed on your mixer and whip on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Give the mixture a taste- if you would prefer it to be a little bit tangier, add in about 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. This will thin the mixture out a bit but will add yummy flavor. Spread on top of the cake and serve immediately!

To prepare the walnuts:

  1. Combine the butter, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium, non-stick over medium heat until the butter has melted. Add the nuts and stir regularly using a rubber spatula until the nuts have toasted and the sugar has begun to melt, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and spread out the nuts to cool on a sheet of parchment paper.

Notes

  1. For a more honey-forward tasting cake you can use 2/3 cup of honey and only ¾ cup of sugar in the cake. This will yield a more heavy, dense feeling cake, but the honey flavor is more prominent. I like to use the original recipe and then drizzle extra honey on additional pieces as desired.
  2. Dark colored pans will brown this cake a ton! I prefer to use a light-colored pan, but both will work.

This post is sponsored by Diamond of California Nuts. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible!

Peaches and Cream Biscuits

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I guess I drank the Kool-Aid.

For years after moving to Alabama, I enjoyed the South but never really identified myself as a Southerner. I bought cowboy boots, listened to Keith Urban, and picked up a preference for bourbon, all along thinking that I was merely a spectator enjoying the best of what Southern culture had to offer. Even after marrying and moving with my husband to the seriously deep-South town of Selma, AL, I still felt a little like a Yankee on an extended vacation. 

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Somewhere over the course of the past 10 years, I drank the Kool-Aid. I fell in love with sweet tea and grits and banana pudding. I grew accustomed to barefoot toddlers that called me “Ma’am” and spoke with a drawl. And I especially loved the warmth of the people, the significance of a supper table here, and the fact that this is a place where manners and kindness still matter.

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

With that being said, I have big news to share with you: we’re building a house! For a while now, my husband and I have been planning and building our forever home. It has been a hugely intense project, but as we closer to moving in, I’m so proud and grateful to have found such a special corner of the world to settle down in. Over the coming months, I look forward to sharing more with you about our place and the exciting things to come, but for now, know that you’ll forever get a Southern flair in the recipes you find here because we are making a permanent stay out of our sweet home Alabama. Hooray!

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate WoodPeaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

On that same note, I have a seriously Southern treat to share with you today: peaches and cream biscuits. If the most Southern fruit (peaches) had a baby with the most Southern baked good (biscuits), and we drizzled said baby with an over-the-top frosting (as one does in the South), it would be these peaches and cream biscuits. Two layers of buttery biscuit dough filled with a cinnamon and brown sugar-spiced peach filling make up these breakfast treats, and I think you’ll agree that they make a fun and yummy twist on your run-of-the-mill breakfast. Let’s chat about how to make them!

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

To prepare peaches and cream biscuits, we start with the filling. Sliced peaches are cooked in a frying pan with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt. Once the butter has melted and the peaches are coated, remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool while you prep the biscuit dough.

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

In a large bowl, stir together your dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to cut in chunks of ice cold butter until the mixture has pea-sized clumps throughout. Pour in the milk and stir until a shaggy dough comes together. Dump the mixture out onto a lightly floured counter and quickly work the dough together with your hands. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a large rectangle and arrange the peach filling onto half of the dough. Fold the second half of dough over the fruit and pinch the edges of dough together to seal in the filling. Transfer the stuffed biscuit to a pan and use a sharp knife to slice into squares. Bake in the preheated oven until the peaches and cream biscuits are golden brown.

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Once baked, you have the option to drizzle the biscuits with a cream cheese glaze. This is kinda messy and totally optional, but I think the tangy sweetness works well here. These biscuits are best served warm, so if you don’t plan to eat them immediately, hold off on the glaze. They’ll reheat nicely the next day in a toaster oven.

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Make these peaches and cream biscuits for an upcoming breakfast or brunch! This recipe will serve a crowd, so feel free to halve it if you’re just preparing for your small family of three or four. Either way, whip up these biscuits for the people you love and enjoy. Happy baking!

If you like these peaches and cream biscuits you should try:

Honey Nut Biscuits

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Peach Crumb Muffins

 

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Peaches and Cream Biscuits

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

These peaches and cream biscuits are southern-style biscuits stuffed with a cinnamon and brown sugar peach filled. Finish them off with a cream cheese glaze for a delicious breakfast or brunch option!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

For the peaches:

  • 2 small peaches sliced in 1/8” slices (about about 215 gm or 1-1/4 cup of slices)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • pinch of salt

For the biscuits:

  • 3 cups (420 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 11/4 cup (300 gm) milk (I use whole)
  • Extra milk and sugar for sprinkling, if desired

For the cream cheese glaze, if desired:

  • 2 ounces (60 gm) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (60 gm) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the peaches:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt completely, stirring the ingredients to combine. Once the butter has melted pull the pan off the heat and allow to cool while you preheat the oven.

To prepare the biscuits:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut in the butter until it has bene reduced to pea-sized clumps throughout. Add a cup of the milk and stir to bring the dough together, adding an additional tablespoon of milk as needed until a shaggy dough has formed. Dump the clumps of wet dough out on the counter and use your hands to bring it together. Pat the mixture out into a flat disk and use a rolling pin on your floured surface to roll the dough out into a 9”x12” rectangle. Dump the peaches mixture out on half of the dough and fold the other half over top of it, pinching the edges to seal in the fruit. Transfer the rectangle of folded dough to a sheet pan. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 12 biscuits. Brush the top of it with milk or cream and sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-22 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

To prepare the cream cheese glaze:

  1. Cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the milk and vanilla and stir to combine. Drizzle over the biscuits and enjoy!

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with a cheesy quiche! Milk, parmesan, and cheddar are the dairy and fresh cooked vegetables and herbs are the filling. What to do with leftover vegetables and meat? Chop it and bake into this wonderful quiche! Sausage, chicken, bacon, or other vegetables would be a welcome addition for this dish that is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood. recipe

Today’s recipe is a roasted summer vegetable quiche, also known as your new throw-all-your-leftovers-into-a-one-dish meal. This is the no-frills, adapt-as-you-wish type of dish that you can enjoy as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Truly, if it gets any simpler than this, I don’t want to know.

This roasted summer vegetable quiche came out of a desire to use up all of my fresh produce. All summer long we have subscribed to a farmer’s market basket, and as a result, our fridge has been stocked with some seriously random (albeit delicious) produce. Some weeks I’d have a baby eggplant, a bag of okra, a handful of greens, and a pint of tomatoes. Other weeks they’d deliver me a  Ziploc full of banana peppers, three giant zucchini, and fresh oregano. At the end of the week, I’d scrape together all the leftovers in my fridge and scour the Internet for a clue on what to do with them.

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with a cheesy quiche! Milk, parmesan, and cheddar are the dairy and fresh cooked vegetables and herbs are the filling. What to do with leftover vegetables and meat? Chop it and bake into this wonderful quiche! Sausage, chicken, bacon, or other vegetables would be a welcome addition for this dish that is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood. recipe

This roasted summer vegetable quiche is the answer to all those leftovers. Nearly any forgotten tomato, chicken breast, or leftover sausage link would find a home nestled inside a buttery, flaky pie crust. If you’re in a dinnertime rut or just need to clean your fridge out, I really think that quiche is the answer!

To make this roasted summer vegetable quiche, we start with the crust. I’ve switched out my trusty, all-time favorite pie crust for an all-butter pastry. You can make this ahead of time, storing in the fridge or freezer prior to use. If you use a tart dish like I did, you’ll want to make sure you roll your dough out large enough to build the edge of the crust up an inch out of the pan. I find that pie dough shrinks pretty easily, particularly when using glass or ceramic dishes like I did. Fit the dough into the pan and par-bake until the crust is set and ready to receive the filling.

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with a cheesy quiche! Milk, parmesan, and cheddar are the dairy and fresh cooked vegetables and herbs are the filling. What to do with leftover vegetables and meat? Chop it and bake into this wonderful quiche! Sausage, chicken, bacon, or other vegetables would be a welcome addition for this dish that is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood. recipe

The filling is just about as easy as it sounds! The eggs and dairy serve as the glue, holding together all the little morsels of savory veggies and meats your heart desires. Whisk four eggs with one cup of milk, salt and pepper, and a little bit of seasoning as well. I used cheddar and parmesan for my quiche, but you can really use whatever kind of melted shredded goodness you have on hand. Goat cheese, feta, and mozzarella would be killer here as well, just keep your proportions true to the original recipe and you’ll be in good shape. 

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with a cheesy quiche! Milk, parmesan, and cheddar are the dairy and fresh cooked vegetables and herbs are the filling. What to do with leftover vegetables and meat? Chop it and bake into this wonderful quiche! Sausage, chicken, bacon, or other vegetables would be a welcome addition for this dish that is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood. recipe

For this roasted summer vegetable quiche, I included 2 cups of cooked veggies. You can use 2 cups of just about any filling your heart desires, but it is important that it’s already been cooked. Vegetables and meats will often release a whole lot of juices which could attribute to a watery or undercooked mess. For convenience, I’ve given instructions on how to roast a pan of summer veggies below.

Bake the quiche in the oven until the crust and filling have begun to bronze. Serve warm with a fresh salad or even just on it’s own! This roasted summer vegetable quiche should be as easy to serve as it is to make.

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with a cheesy quiche! Milk, parmesan, and cheddar are the dairy and fresh cooked vegetables and herbs are the filling. What to do with leftover vegetables and meat? Chop it and bake into this wonderful quiche! Sausage, chicken, bacon, or other vegetables would be a welcome addition for this dish that is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood. recipe

I’m sharing today’s recipe with a bunch of other bloggers who are featuring tomato-filled foods on their sites! Thank you to Annie, Rebecca and Ruth for hosting this #wesaytomatoes round-up. Be sure to check out their site for the full list of recipes. I hope you enjoy this savory treat today and come back next week when we resume the onslaught of sugary treats. Love to y’all! 

If you like this roasted summer vegetable quiche you should check out:

Tomato Olive Rolls

Tomato Galette with Basil Pesto and Feta

Cheddar Cornmeal Chicken Pot Pie

Buttermilk Biscuits with Pepper Bacon, Cheddar, and Egg

 

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Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with a cheesy quiche! Milk, parmesan, and cheddar are the dairy and fresh cooked vegetables and herbs are the filling. What to do with leftover vegetables and meat? Chop it and bake into this wonderful quiche! Sausage, chicken, bacon, or other vegetables would be a welcome addition for this dish that is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood. recipe

This roasted summer vegetable quiche is filled with fresh summer veggies, melty cheese, and is served in a flaky all-butter pie crust. Substitute in your favorite filling options in this seriously adaptable dish!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: French
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Ingredients

For the pie dough:

  • 21/2 cups (350 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped
  • ½ cup ice water, plus more as needed

For the quiche:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) milk
  • 4 large eggs, plus one extra for pie wash
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 cups roasted vegetables (see notes)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

To make the pie dough:

  1. Stir the flour, sugar and salt together. Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut in the butter until there are pea-sized clumps throughout. Add about 6 tablespoons of the ice water into the flour mixture and begin to stir together. It will likely be dry and require more ice water, so keep adding water 2 tablespoons at a time until a shaggy dough comes together. Dump the mixture out on the counter and use your hands to form the dough into one ball. It should come together as a dough without feeling wet or too tacky. Cut the ball in half and flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for at least an hour or up to a week. You will only need one half of the dough for this quiche. The other can be wrapped in foil and frozen for up to two months.
  2. To prep the quiche:
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out onto a floured work surface into a round of dough about an inch and a half wider on all sides than your 9” tart dish. Roll the dough back onto the rolling pin and the transfer it to the dish, unrolling as you go. Gently work the dough into the edges of the dish and trim off any excess dough, leaving about an inch of excess hanging on all sides.  Fold the dough under itself and gently crimp the edges into the dish, allowing the top of the dough to extend about ¾-1” above the lip of the dish. This will help keep your crust tall even after baking. If your dough has gotten soft or warm while rolling it out, place it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill up again.
  4. When ready to bake, place a crinkled sheet of parchment paper into the bottom of the crust and fill it with pie weights or uncooked dry beans. Bake in the preheated oven about 10 minutes, then remove the paper and weights and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the bottom of the crust doesn’t look too wet and soggy. While the crust is baking, begin to assemble your filling.
  5. Whisk together the milk, 4 eggs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. When the crust is finished baking, crack your additional egg in a separate bowl and brush a thin layer of egg white over the bottom of the crust. This will help to keep the crust from becoming soggy. Sprinkle the parmesan evenly over the crust and then spread out the roasted veggies. Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese and then carefully pour the egg mixture into the dish. Be careful to not overflow the tart or the eggs could run over the edge of the crust and into the bottom of your dish. Whisk together the egg from the egg wash and use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer over the exposed crust. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden and the center is no longer jiggly. Serve warm or reheat individual slices in the toaster oven!

Notes

  • To roast your own veggies at home, cut a mixture of vegetables (I use eggplant, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, and squash) into ½” sized pieces. You’ll need about 6 cups fresh vegetables to make about 2 cups roasted vegetables. Toss the chopped veggies with 3 tablespoons of olive oil on a large rimmed sheet pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 420 for about 20-25 minutes, tossing every 8 minutes or so, until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown around the edges. You can make these in advance and store in the fridge until ready to use in your quiche!
  • As an alternate to the pie wash, you can reserve a small bit of egg white from one of the 4 eggs for the filling. Brush this over the bottom of the quiche and then add the remainder to the filling mixture.

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Give me coffee in any form. I’ll take it in my mug, in my cake, heck, even in a cheap candle from TJ Maxx. Today though, we’re soaking up all that deliciously cozy caffeine in some seriously decadent toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies. 

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Can you even stand these? No, they’re not some elegant, three-tiered cake or some fancy French pastry. These cookies don’t have intricately piped details or hand-painted frosting on them, but I’ll tell you what- they are good. A treat like these toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies is the type of old standby recipe that you can keep in your back pocket and revisit again and again and again, because honestly, stuff like this doesn’t go out of style. It’s always delicious.

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

The inspiration for these cookies came from a favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that I used to buy. Although my diehard number one draft pick was always the oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream (that I make homemade now!), the coffee toffee ice cream always hit the spot too. One day on a whim, I decided to add toffee chips to a batch of cookies and suddenly the thought hit me- WHAT IF I ADDED COFFEE TOO!?! And so, toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies were born.

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

To make them at home for yourself, you’ll start as we would any other cookie. First, cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer. We add the espresso powder here too so that that coffee flavor gets a chance to infuse throughout. Next comes the eggs and vanilla followed by our dry ingredients. The mix-ins for these cookies are basic yet adaptable to what you have in your pantry. I prefer to chop dark (usually 70%) chocolate bars, but you could totally opt for chips if you’d prefer. I also usually go for plain toffee bits, but if you can only find the ones covered in chocolate that will work as well. Scoop the rounds of dough onto a prepared sheet pan and bake until the edges are set and beginning to brown. 

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

I finish these toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies with a heavy-handed pinch of salt, but if that doesn’t float your boat feel free to skip that here. For me, the extra salt makes the rich brown sugar/ caramel flavors stand out more prominently, but I also understand that some people (ahem, my husband) just don’t get salty desserts. Do as you please here.

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

So happy Thursday to you! I hope your day and weekend is now filled with the promise of toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies and that you enjoy them as much as I do. Next week, I’m sharing a savory baked good (!!!), so stick around for that!

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

If you like these toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies you should try:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Derby Pie Cookies

Brookies (Brownie Cookie Bars)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

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Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies are filled with coffee flavors and bits of toffee! Substitute your favorite chocolate chip for the chunks if preferred!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 11/2 cups (300 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (400 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and espresso powder on medium speed until smooth about a minute. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until barely combined and then add the dark chocolate and toffee. Stir to combine. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes if it is really soft or shiny.
  2. Scoop medium-sized rounds of dough (I use a medium cookie scoop) two inches apart on a large baking sheet rimmed with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 11-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are starting to golden. Allow to cool briefly before serving.

Banana Cream Pie Cake

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Sometimes it just needs to feel like home. 

I love to prepare new foods. People always ask me if I have favorite recipes that I reach for time and time again, but the truth is that I’m usually so excited to try something new that I often forget to save time (and stomach space) for the flavors and recipes that I loved in the past. Particularly as it pertains to baking, I regularly find myself so inspired by the treats I see sprinkled all over magazine pages and the internet that it’s all I can do to stay on track enough to revisit older cakes, pies, and cookies that I’ve made before.

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Still, there are times that you just want a recipe that feels like home. Those comfort food recipes, the ones that taste like you’re eating them off of your Nana’s plates or in the company of your Mom and Dad, are often the ones that nourish you all the way down to your soul. For me, those comfort recipes include strawberry shortcake, my Mom’s baked spaghetti, and even soft-serve ice cream cones. I love peanut butter and honey sandwiches, McDonald’s French fries, and even that runny ranch dressing that you can’t buy in a bottle but always seems to find its way on your plate at diner restaurants. Those flavors, completely unsophisticated and no-frills, are the ones that taste like home to me, and no amount of shiny new recipes and 5-star meals will ever replace those. I have a feeling you might have similar stories, no?

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

So I made this banana cream pie cake for my husband. Always the pie and cookie lover, never the cake guy, I wanted to create a simple and summery recipe that would give nod to the banana pudding he grew up eating in his Nana’s kitchen. He tells the story that, as a kid, his nana would scoop bowls of pudding for all of the grandkids before supper. The goal was to sneak into the kitchen early to stake a generously poured bowl with the most vanilla wafers. I never met his Nana, but I like any lady who left my special guy with a full belly and loads of memories.

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

To be fair, this is not banana pudding. This banana cream pie cake, a white sheet cake topped with sliced bananas, pastry cream, and a fluffy layer of fresh whip, is really a modernized shout out to the pies and puddings we all know and love. I wanted a simple dessert that gave love to the flavors of yesteryear, and I think we accomplished that here.

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

To make banana cream pie cake, we start with the sheet cake. This simple, fluffy white cake can be made in a basic 9″x13″ pan. In a pinch, reach for a box cake mix here, because, seriously, who even cares? Once the cake is cooled, layer with a few sliced bananas and whip up the pastry cream. Eggs, milk, and a fair share of sugar get cooked on the stove top until thick and smooth. The mixture gets spread all over the cake and left to chill in the fridge. 

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Once cooled, top the banana cream pie cake with a thick layer of whipped cream. From there, you can keep the cake in the fridge until ready to serve slices to everyone on the block. Yes, this cake will feed a crowd! I like to top each square with extra banana slices and maybe even a sprinkle of nuts or vanilla wafers, but you can do as you please. Just make sure you have loads of friends to share it with.

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

No matter what feels like home to you, I’d encourage you to make it sometime soon. I think we learn a lot about the people around us when we share the things that cut us deep, and let’s be honest- food is always a big deal at home. So share it with the people you love. Happy baking and happy weekend!

If you like this banana cream pie cake you should try:

Banana Cream Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Chocolate Coconut Banana Cream Pie

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

BBC (Bailey’s Banana and Coconut) Popsicles

Hummingbird Cake

 

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Banana Cream Pie Cake

Banana Cream Pie Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This. recipe is a fluffy white sponge cake topped with a vanilla pudding pastry cream, fresh bananas, and whipped cream! Finishes with a sprinkle of nuts, this cake is all your favorite pie flavors rolled into a sheet cake! Serves a crowd and semi make ahead too! Learn more about this southern cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This banana cream pie cake is a white sheet cake topped with fresh bananas, vanilla pastry cream, and whipped cream! All the flavors of your favorite banana pudding and cream pies in a simple sheet cake that serves a crowd!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 180
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 4 large (140 gm) egg whites, 2 yolks reserved for pastry cream
  • 4 tablespoons (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) vegetable oil
  • 11/3 cup (265 gm) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 13/4 cup (245 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup (150 gm) milk

For the pastry cream (adapted from King Arthur Flour):

  • 11/2 cups (340 gm) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 large (30 gm) egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

For assembly:

  • 3 bananas, sliced into 1/8” thick rounds
  • 11/2 cups (340 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees  and prepare a 9×13” metal baking pan with baking spray.
  2. In the clean bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, whip the four egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Scoop out of the bowl and set aside while you prepare the rest of the cake.
  3. Using the paddle attachment in the bowl of the same stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the oil and sugar and cream until light and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. In a separate smaller bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add half of these dry ingredients into the butter mixture and stir on low to combine. Add the milk, stirring to combine, followed by the remaining dry ingredients. Stir on low until well incorporated.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the egg whites until well incorporated, being careful to not overmix. Spread the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake until toothpick insereted comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Take care to not overbake as the cake will be dry if so.
  5. When done, remove from oven to cool all the way while you prep your pastry cream.

To prepare the pastry cream:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1-1/4 cups of milk, the sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly to bring to a simmer and dissolve the sugar. In the meantime, in a separate bowl, stir together the remaining ¼ cup milk with the cornstarch, flour, and egg yolks. Whisk to combine and set aside while waiting for the milk and sugar mixture to simmer. Once the milk and sugar mixture is barely bubbling, remove from heat and slowly pour it in a small and steady stream into the cornstarch mixture, whisking vigorously. Continue streaming in while whisking until all the hot milk has been incorporated and then return the whole lot of it back into the saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium heat until barely bubbling and the mixture has thickened to a mayonnaise consistency. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla until smooth. Immediately move to assemble the cake.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Space out a single layer of thin banana slices on the cooled cake. Pour the hot pastry cream on top of the bananas and use a spatula to spread it all over the top evenly. Try to keep it on top of the cake instead of falling off the sides. Place a single sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the pastry cream and place in the fridge to cool, about 30 minutes.
  2. Once cool, pour the heavy whipping cream into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip on medium speed until slightly thickened and frothy. Add the sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Carefully remove the plastic wrap from the top of the pastry cream and  spread the whipped cream over the top of the entire cake. Serve immediately with additional slices of banana or a crumble of graham crackers.

Notes

  • White cakes dry out easily. Be sure to bake only until a toothpick inserted barely comes out clean. If you fear you’ve overbooked it, you can use a toothpick to poke holes over the cake and brush a little milk over top. No one will know! 🙂
  • The plastic wrap on top of the pastry cream prevents the cream from forming a “skin”. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer my dessert skinless. 🙂
  • Use extra bananas, if desired.
  • As a shortcut, use a box cake mix!