Monday, January 05, 2009

Nerd Journal: MM in the Kitchen and a Progressive Dinner, Part 3: A Devilishly Decadent Dessert

Here is the conclusion to the dinner that Il Barista, La Parisienne, the Cine-Sib, and I made together recently. I posted about the chicken-pancetta sausages and the fresh pasta and pesto. Now it's time for dessert! You have 3 guesses what we made, and the first 2 don't count.

Yes, gentle reader, we made . . . Flying Shrapnel Death Pie! This dessert has become a legend on MM Blog, so -- really -- what else could we possibly make for dessert?

(The actual name is Banoffee Pie, and here's the recipe we used. We substituted a graham cracker crust for the pie crust, though.)

First things first:

Take the 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk, pour them into a pan and cover it with aluminum foil, and then put the pan into a bigger pan of water. Pop it into the oven and let it "bake" until the milk turns into a dark brown caramel sauce. Observe:

Let the molten sugar lava cool, and then pour it into your 9-inch graham cracker crust. The lava becomes a thick pudding-like toffee cream. Your dentist will have nightmares. Your taste buds will have parties.

Onto the next bit: slice up two bananas and arrange the slices on top of the toffee cream.

Then it is time to gild the lily and turn the dessert into a calorie storm of Old Testament proportions. Make some homemade whipped cream and sweeten it with brown sugar. Pile the delicious cloud on top of the bananas and toffee. Oh, man!

This dessert will make you a legend among your friends and family if you make it for them. That's an ironclad guarantee. It's easy, delicious, and beautiful. You do have to careful with the caramel napalm when it comes right out of the oven, surrounded with a moat of superheated water. Other than that, it's not quite as dangerous as the original recipe calling for boiling the cans of milk for 3 whole hours (!). Hmmm, maybe you can call yours Caramel Napalm Pie . . . Serve with some good coffee!

I leave you with a photo of Il Barista proudly displaying our homemade Flying Shrapnel Death Pie. Awesome. It looked lovely -- for about 5 seconds before all of us tore into it and turned it into crumbs.


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