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A Dessert Fit for a King: Banana Flan (Prince William's Favorite Dessert) Recipe

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably been inundated with news about the pending royal nuptials. And even though I already had mine years ago, I am a sucker for fairytale weddings. Food is one of the keys to an amazing event, and since banana flan ("banana cream pie" in America) is Prince William's favorite dessert, I made half a dozen of them so the 6 girls in our family can nibble while watching the wedding on TV. The recipe is pretty simple; I made puff pastry pie shells that I filled with regular custard that I filled in   and topped with grilled bananas. The flavor is very similar to banana pudding, which is definitely nothing to complain about. I adapted the recipe from Chef Darren McGrady's Eating Royally. Chef McGrady was the personal chef to Prince William, Prince Harry and Lady Diana until her death in 1997.

I'm going to try my hardest to watch it live, but I’m not sure I'll be able to stay up so late. One thing I do know is that I'll be enjoying banana flan and hot tea (oh so British!) while staring at Kate Middleton's wedding gown and waiting for the couple's smooch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Royal Wedding William and Kate

Congratulations William and Kate!


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Chocolate Waffle Recipe Recipe

Chocolate Waffle Recipe

04.27.11 by Jackie

My husband Lulu has a sweet tooth, so I woke up early this morning and prepared a sweet breakfast. I made chocolate waffles, topped with kumquat whipped cream and strawberries. I served the waffles with a cup of soy milk. I placed everything on a tray and added a freshly picked rose from the garden. I knew Lulu was going to love it.

I'm sure you all know the saying "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach!" Well I might not say it enough how much I love seeing my husband happy. Nothing fills me with more joy that seeing his smile when I wake up in the morning. I might be wrong, but I think these little treats are part of the success of our 7 years of marriage. 


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Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Baking banana cupcakes is my way of using the ripe bananas that have been sitting in our fruit bowl. Our family eats a lot of bananas but I think this week we went a little over-board, so we had some leftover that were turning black. I mashed the bananas with a little lemon juice and used it as a flavoring for cupcakes. I added crème fraîche (you could use sour cream) so the cake batter was very moist.

I frosted the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and decorated them with sprinkles I recently bought at Target. Easter is coming soon, so why not prepare some cute sweet treats!


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Ginger Rice Pudding Recipe Recipe

Ginger Rice Pudding Recipe

04.07.11 by Jackie

The last time I made mango rice pudding, the little one of the family (she's only 6 years old) complained that she didn't get any. I promised her I'd make some more the following day but I kept forgetting. I finally had time to make some rice pudding today, which I flavored with fresh ginger. Ginger is a very versatile ingredient that can flavor either drinks, savory dishes or desserts.

If you want to serve this at the end of a dinner party, I would recommend using tuile bowls filled with a layer of ginger chocolate mousse and topped with the ginger rice pudding. It's a great way to serve traditional family desserts and turn them into elegant desserts.

In case you were wondering, I made sure everyone got their fair share of rice pudding this time. That means I’m going to have to find a new excuse the next time I have a craving for rice pudding!


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M&M Cookies with Toffee Peanuts Recipe

M&M Cookies with Toffee Peanuts

04.04.11 by Jackie

It might sound strange, but in my opinion, making cookies is like making risotto. What I mean is that in general, you shouldn't use too many chunky ingredients to accent the cookie dough. I typically make use of whatever I can find in my pantry, and this time I limited the additions to coconut toffee peanuts and M&Ms.

The M&Ms came from a package of goodies from Rutgers University. My father-in-law was inducted into Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni a few years ago and has stayed close to the school. The colors of the Scarlet Knights are faithfully represented in the M&Ms, and I think they add a nice touch of color to the cookies while showing off some school spirit. Thanks, Dean McCormick!


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