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What I’m listening to: Leave a Light On, Jenny & Tyler
A while back, my sweet and uber-talented blogging friend Karista of Karista’s Kitchen was sorting through her cookbook collection and offered to ship some of her gently used favorites to Alaska. Of course, I was quick to jump on her generous and thoughtful offer. Karista and I are friends precisely because we share a deeply-rooted love of beautiful food, thoughtful writing, and memories made at the table. I knew she would select cookbooks from her collection that would speak to my heart. The cookbooks arrived complete with Karista’s dog ears on the recipe pages (I love this) and a hand-written note which I keep tucked away inside of one of the books.
One of those cookbooks was Favorite Food at Home by Irish chef Rachel Allen. I enjoy this cookbook because it’s warm, welcoming, and unassuming. This delightful Banana Butterscotch Pudding Cake is all of those things, too. My version is only very slightly adapted from the version in Chef Allen’s book. It bakes into a tender golden banana cake on top and a gooey butterscotch layer on the bottom. I served mine hot from the oven with a dollop of freshly whipped cream with flecks of vanilla bean.