Sunday, March 13, 2011


I don’t often eat desserts, but when I do, I really enjoy them.  I’m not interested in low-fat or sugar-free desserts; I want the full flavour and superb taste that makes many classic desserts so special; not adulterated or diluted by trying to make them “healthier” which usually has the opposite effect.

Recently, the Tipster and I are at my daughter’s house, helping pack items for her imminent move to Florida. We want to get stuff packed up that is not necessary in the daily scheme of things.  In the one kitchen cabinet are several bottles of spirits and cocktail mixers.  So we wrap and pack them up.  I find this pamphlet with Kahlua recipes in it—different drinks and puddings and such.  I no longer drink alcohol, but remember really liking Kahlua.  There was a recipe for Kahlua Kugel in the booklet, so I got to thinking the next day about it.

I’ve already mentioned Kugels, but another dessert I love is bread pudding, of which there are many types. I always loved the bread pudding and sauce that chef Paul Prudhomme made. Bread puddings appeal to me because they are a great way to use up stale bread. 

I don’t want to make the usual pudding because I recall a dessert that actually employs Kahlua and pound cake and fruit and ice cream.  I’m down with it, because it has everything good in it.

I find this exciting recipe and video on Show Me the Curry, it tastes fabulous, and if you don’t want alcohol, they give a recipe for faux Kahlua, either with or without alcohol.


Pound Cake – 2 slices
Kahlua Coffee Liqueur – 1/4 cup
Brown Sugar – 1 tsp
Juice of ½ orange
Banana – 1firm, medium, sliced
Ice Cream – 2 scoops

1. Heat a medium non-stick skillet and add Kahlua.
2. Add Brown Sugar and mix well — cook for 1 minute.
3. Add the orange juice into the Kahlua mixture and continue to cook for 1 minute more.
4. Add sliced Bananas and cook until Bananas are slightly softened but not mushy — turn off stove.
5. Warm Pound Cake slices in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, or lightly toast.
6. Place one slice of Pound Cake at the bottom of each dessert dish/cup.
7. Divide evenly the warm Kahlua/Banana mixture over each Pound Cake.
8. Top with 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream to each dessert and serve immediately.

Try this lovely dessert; it is a wonderful ending to any meal.

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