When I look back a few years ago at my eating lifestyle I could never have imagined I would be creating dessert recipes using fruits. It is funny and contradictory at the same time because I used to spend my weekends at my grandma’s farm and we always had fruits available there in our house. I remember every Sunday my mom giving boxes of fruits to the neighbors, sharing with them because we couldn’t eat them at all. Even with this abundance I wasn’t a big fan of fruit. It became worse when I became a teenager and started doing crazy diets and counting all the calories… lol. Fruit literally disappeared out of my life… sad!!
Since I moved in with Ms. American she changed this situation… Besides the fact that she eats more fruit than I do, she cooks and bakes a lot of food using fruits. For example, peaches… I can say these have become one of my favorite fruits lately!
So, the other day we were talking about Brazilian desserts and about my experience at the farm and how this (20 years ago), changed a lot. My grandma’s farm was the only one that had electricity, but it wasn’t all the time. The oven was like a pizza oven.. it wasn’t electric… Because of that, the food we used to eat there was completely different from my mom’s house. One of foods we used to eat there was grilled cheese with sugar or grilled banana with cinnamon and also cheese with guava (also called Romeo and Julieta= because they are perfect together lol).
I decided to make one of these desserts for Marilyn. I grilled a white cheese (I bought the Mexican style because I couldn’t find a Brazilian one) and banana and used that delicious Mick’s Pepper Jelly with Hot Lime that we bought at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. It was delicious!
Once again I am teaching myself and learning with Ms. American about plating a dish. Presentation is everything! This dessert is super simple, healthy and could even seem elegant!
Start with the cheese. Grill until lightly browned and flip over.
Grill 4 to 5 minutes on each side until bananas darken and slightly soften, so that they get the nice caramel-ly taste on both sides.
Do you want some of it?
Beijos e Tchau!