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3.07.2013

Coconut Banana Brownie Pie



Before we get to the the pie. Can I just tell you a little about my week so far? Something has gone wrong every day this week. This is the kind of week that drives people into drinking. These kind of weeks leave you curled in a ball fetal style crying.

It's only Thursday.... my luck needs to change before I go on a bender. It all started last Friday, as most of you know someone I know passed away, I had the funeral on Friday.... it took me a day or two to feel a tad better and motivated after feeling sad.

Saturday was spent working on something crafty.... I can't reveal the specifics until Saturday. Lets just say I should never be allowed to use glue, needles, thread..... It stresses me out. I know that sounds silly but I am not joking. Totally stressed out over CRAFTS. I was on a swearing streak dropping I do not know how many F bombs and drank my way through a 6 pack of Woodchucks. Something I discovered.... crafting should always be done slightly drunk. It makes it bearable.



Sunday, Sunday was a good day however it was busy. Normally Sundays are my day to catch up on blog stuff. However this week I had a brunch date with Carolyn, Joanne, and the NoshOn.it crew Vijay and Alex down in the Boston area. It was a blast, but it ate up my entire day. Just under 4 hours of travel time and 2 hours of eating/visiting.... there goes my day. When I arrived home I was thrown into house work and cooking for 3 hungry kids.... dad doesn't do well while mom is away. They were a tad sick of snacking all day and needed real food!

Monday... Monday it gets worse...  I am now a full day behind on my blog schedule. I start to panic because I know I have some major blogging commitments I need to fulfill, but am running out of time. Of course Monday is the day that Mads decides she does not want to nap, Monday is also the day that all of the kids wake up at 5am leaving me feeling overtired the entire day.

Remember those said crafts I spent all day Saturday working on? Well I had to go ship those to a friend. Not only am I slightly embarrassed at the sight of these crafts... apparently drunk crafting means you will suck way worse than sober crafting. At the post office Mads has a tantrum of a lifetime. The kind of tantrum you dread as a mom in public with your toddler. Full back arching, throwing her head into my face when I try to pick her up.... maybe possible splitting your lip in front of the post office lady. Thank god for small towns and sweet post office ladies or else I would not have shipped my friend her special drunken crafts I made! She distracted the kids with some cool stickers and a post card while I nursed my bleeding lip and shoved ( and I mean SHOVED) the crafts into one of those big envelopes. Addressed and sent as fast as I could! To my friend.... Please do not laugh at me... I forgot your card where I explained my crafts a tad. Be careful opening your package... there could be something that was poorly packaged and could cut your fingers....I also suck at crafts. I'd rather bake you cookies for your next birthday. Deal?



Tuesday... grocery shopping with 3 kids. Enough said.

Wednesday....  slacking on blog projects has caught up with me. Four projects... all due at the end of the day. This pie being one of them. The days you have too much to do are always the days when all hell breaks loose. Kids get hurt, dogs jump the fence and run away. Your neighbors think you are crazy outside in your baking clogs and running shorts while it is a sunny and bright 25 degrees yelling and whistling for the dog to come. Of course on these days... you will bake a pie and it will come out badly. Why? Well you are not entirely sure but your guess is that you forgot the FLOUR in the filling. That's kind of key.... Pie number two is a success as are the other 3 recipes you developed that day HOORAY!



This pie is also part of the a new club I have joined. The Left Overs Club. The idea is that you don't have to eat or pawn all of your sweets off to friends and family after you have blogged the recipe. You can ship them off to another blogger and they will ship you their leftovers. Good idea huh? Lets see how I do shipping a pie.... Something tells me I chose a bad recipe to ship.

Take a look at all of the members of the club and what they made to ship to one another this month!



Savory Simple - Cappuccino Cookies
Damn Delicious - Blueberry Lemon Bars
Give Peas a Chance - Spiced Vanilla Honey Biscotti
Sprinkled With Flour - Chunky Twix Cookies
Pineapple and Coconut - Cinnamon Dolce Oatmeal Cookies
Food n' Focus - Cranberry Scones
Bakeaholic Mama - Coconut Banana Brownie Pie

If you are interested in find out more about the Leftovers Club go check it out! http://www.theleftoversclub.com.

Now for my pie recipe. This pie was made for my friend Jeanne... who is celebrating a big brithday today. The big 5-0 ! For those of you who do not know Jeanne... she is the mastermind behind the blog Inside NanaBread's Head. She was also the inspiration behind all of my crafting on Saturday that sent me into a drinking binge. Now if I had it my way I would have probably baked her a treat that to celebrate her Virtual Birthday Party that includes some sweet and savory. I am a big fan of all things maple and bacon. However sweet meats give Jeanne the willies. I am still boggled by this. And bring it up all the time. I mean WHO doesn't like apples and pork? Orange Chicken? And really.... I don't know a better combo than maple and bacon.... but whatever. I still like Jeanne anyways ;)

Jeanne cracks me up, probably one of the funniest gals I follow on twitter..... always twisting something into being slightly inappropriate. Or maybe that is always Allison's fault?....

Jeanne is also a Nana (if you can't tell by her blog name) She is the kind of Nana I wish my kids had.... she sews patches on the knees of their jeans. Really how cute are those? These are not just any patches... but silly monster like patches that my kids would flip for. Only problem is their Mom (me!) can't sew as we have already discussed.... and their grandmothers are not to crafty either. I have contemplated mailing my boys old ripped up pants and asking Jeanne to adopt us and sew their patches too.

Originally I wanted to make something, key lime, or coconut banana. All tropical flavors popped into my head. Not sure why but when I think of Jeanne's recipes on her blog that's what I think of! That and pies. Probably because I have been slightly obsessed with her Fried Pies since I saw them last summer.

Happy Birthday Jeanne, we all love you.  May I be as cool as you when I turn 50. Please be careful opening your package today... I don't want any more blood shed over my crafting.

To make this Coconut Banana Brownie Pie you need a basic all butter pie crust, a brownie layer and the coconut banana layer. The idea was to swirl the layers together.... but for some reason I forgot to do this and threw the pie in the oven. The color contrast however still came our pretty. If you make it.... be a better swirler than me ;)



Coconut Banana Brownie Pie

 Ingredients:

1 unbaked single pie crust

FOR THE BROWNIE LAYER:
1/2 cup of butter
3.5 oz bar of Dark Chocolate; chopped
1/4 cup unsweetened coco powder
3/4  cups of sugar 2 eggs
1 tbs vanilla extract
2 tbs of sour cream
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt 


FOR THE COCONUT BANANA LAYER:

1/3 cup sugar  
1 egg  
6 oz unsweetened coconut milk  
1 medium ripe banana mashed 
3 tbs of all purpose flour

Directions:

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

On your stove top over medium low heat melt your butter and chocolate together. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl whisk eggs, and sugar together.

Mix in butter/chocolate mixture.

Mix in  vanilla, sour cream, flour and salt.

Pour into unbaked pie shell.


Next  mix together all of the ingredients for your coconut banana layer.

Pour coconut banana mixture on the top. Bake for 35-50 minutes (mine took about 45 minutes. Or until the center has set and just barely jiggles. 
 
Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Be sure to check out what the rest of my friends are bringing to Jeanne's Virtual Birthday Party!!

Kirsten’s Orange Cream Pie,
Allison’s Coca Cola Cake,
Beka’s Aged Manhattan,
Madelyn’s Cheesey Chorizo Dip,
Monica’s Tropical Ice Cream,

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50 comments:

  1. This is such a fun idea!!! What a great group! :)

    This pie sounds completely wonderful too.

    So sorry you've had a stressful week -- hoping you can get some time to kick back and relax soon!

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    1. Your too sweet. It's all good though I just like to complain... but can laugh at myself for all the bad luck and oops this week!

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  2. Seriously, I have 5 bananas staring me down right now. This looks amazing.

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  3. So sorry about your week, but wonderful looking pie! My boyfriend Gilbert also hates savory and sweet foods combined. I keep trying to get him to want pork with any kind of sweet sauce, without success. I just don't get it!

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    1. Boggles my mind! Pork goes with sweet sauces and fruit. It's a law or something....

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  5. Just stop it with this pie. I want the whole thing!!

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  6. Aww I am so sorry you had such a rough week..that was me a couple weeks ago, so I fully feel your pain! Im glad all your recipes worked out well though! I love the idea of this club..I just get nervous about getting things done on time and shipped out..getting to the post office isn't always the easiest thing. But what a SMART idea! Also, this Pie sounds heavenly, I LOVE the flavor combination!

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    1. I can never seem to make it to the post office on time either! And dread taking the kids as they are always monsters. Luckily the match I got this month is someone I "know" so she'll be cool with a late or smooshed pie!

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  7. Carrie...this pie looks so scrumptious! I don't think I could ship these leftovers off to anyone! It's a great pie for Jeanne's birthday and so happy to be celebrating her today!

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    1. Thanks Anne, I can't wait to check out your blog post as well! And yeah... it's tough saving any of these pie. Zero self control~!

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  8. What a wonderful group for the club Carrie! Sorry you've had a stressful week my dear. I hope it gets brighter for ya. This week is getting the best of me too. but at least there is pretty banana brownie pie to stare at. :)

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    1. It's so much fun, you should check it out! I hope your week brightens up. I am taking a bit of a break today to breath.

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  9. Oh man, this pie does sound amazing! It looks so drool worthy, I'm wishing I had some for breakfast right now! I think our Leftovers Club is going to be so much fun! :)

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    1. Thanks Amber, I think this club is going to be really fun too!

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  10. Fact: food tastes better when your friends walk through fire to make it. I'm so bummed that you had such a crummy week. If I could, I would drag you down here for a mini-vacation and soothe your hurts with a pitcher of margaritas and some TexMex therapy. I swear it. I hope the weekend brings some relief.

    I'm kind of scared to open your box now. I'll paint a mental picture for you - box in the floor, with enough space cleared around it in case something blows up; me with a broom handle prying the end open (probably wearing long rubber gloves and a face mask of some kind); me yelling at the dog "Stay back! It will CUT YOU!"; me giving up and just opening the damn thing when I can't get it open with the broom handle; me sitting in the floor laughing about how great my friends are.

    I'm so lucky to have fabulous friends like you and all our Theme Weaver buddies. I love you all so much. Two last things:
    1. Yes, you can mail me your kids jeans & I will patch them.
    2. Seriously! Enough with the sweet/meat. I promise I'm trying harder! I ate coconut shrimp with sweet chili sauce just last week, and I had honey chicken salad at Pei Wei in February. Baby steps, ladies. Baby steps. I. AM. TRYING! :D

    Thank you for the best 50th birthday a girl could ever have. I'd like to go face-plant in that pie now.

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    1. Oh my god I love you. You really shouldn't offer to sew patches on the boys pants.... I do think I own 10 pairs between the two. haha. And I am sorry I can not drop the sweet meats. It's pure blasphemy!

      And yes stand back... that package is loaded. I giggle when I look at the pictures of what I made. It's so bad it's good.

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  11. I am so intrigued by that cococnut banana layer! SUPER awesome.

    I'm SO sorry about your week. :( Those weeks suck, and I hope that today starts your next week - a happy one. :)

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    1. It was something I took change on and it worked. So well! No worries about the sucky week. It could be much worse! I'm just a whiner.

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  12. I am sorry about your stressful week. Thankfully, pie makes it all better or at least it takes off the sting a bit.

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  13. Carrie, things will get better. We all have those kind of weeks...and why does it all go to the wasteside all at once? It would be so much better if we had a crappy day once a week not every day of the week! I swear, it's the lack of sun around here that doesn't help either. There is seriously a huge gray cloud that just hovers over here...I'm over it! Anyway - give me a call anytime you want some drunk craft time, it would be fun :) Your pie looks amazing - what an amazing recipe, again! Here's to FRIDAY!

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    1. it is already looking up! Seriously. We 30 live minutes apart. We should craft and drink wine some night.

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  14. Question...your instructions have the brownie layer going in first and the coconut/banana on top, but the pic has the brownie on top. Which is better? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi, I did pour them in the order stated. I swirled it a tad with my knife before baking to see if I could get that swirl look so that is why the layers look as they do. The banana is really sandwiched in between the brownies. :)

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    2. Well, of course I didn't wait for your reply and went ahead and poured the brownie layer on top. Somehow it mostly ended up on the bottom with just a very thin layer on top. But the family raved! My 17 year old nephew said I should make it for special occasions, like his birthday, then every day after that lol! So thankful for people like you who come up with great recipes and take the time to share them!!

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    3. Hey it works either way then I guess! So glad you liked it... And thank you for the kind words. Nice comments make my day.

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  15. First, I hope you have a better week coming up. Second, your pie looks amazing! I've been so into coconut lately and to eat it with chocolate, well that is just perfect! :)

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  16. Oh, Carrie! I'm so sorry to hear that your friend passed and that you had such a rotten week! Sometimes, when life feels like it's beating the crap out of me, I just let it... even if that means that I have to fail at every project my fingers touch. Just so I get all my frustration and tears and anger and whatever else is sitting inside me out. And, as I mentioned in my post and on twitter when this whole conversation started, these food packages always seem to come when I'm having a terrible day/week and it's nice to feel comforted by someone baking you something! Sending a big hug your way! (and if you have to eat that whole delicious coconut banana brownie pie to feel better, there's no judgement here!) xo

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    1. Yeah a bad luck streak. It just happens that way.Cheers to next week! And to get baked goodies in the mail ;)

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  17. Hold on just a darn second - how come I always get blamed for the inappropriateness? It's not MY fault that Jeanne totally took my smoked nuts post out of context...maybe.
    Let's be honest; that's all my husband's fault. I was as pure as the driven snow before I met him.
    I am familiar with sucky weeks myself; let's promise that next week will be better than this week. After all, you have this lovely pie going for you, so let's start with those small victories. And while I don't love bananas in things (yes, I know - I'm the weird one), I have a certain husband with a dirty mind who I think might eat the entire thing. :)

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    1. Hahahaha, who cares I love the twisted or inappropriate humor. Pie always makes things a tad better when the week gets rough. I think I need to make another as the bad news keeps coming my way today.

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  18. And here I thought my week was bad. You win! This pie looks to die for. Yum! I hope your week makes a turn for the better. I think it's safe to say you need a glass of vino.

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    1. Well cheers to a great weekend for both of us then! :)

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  19. What is it about the USPS office that throws toddlers into a Fit-to-End-All-Fits? Must be some weird magnetic disturbance or something. There are worse ways to nurse your wounds than with a brownie pie. I'm totally intrigued by the tropical layer. Next week will be a better week! Besides, there's always bikini season. ;)

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    1. Haha... yeah I should have subbed applesauce for that butter to get my body ready for that bathing suit. Still laughing about that email..... And seriously what is with USPS?! That tantrum is the exact reason why I rarely see the outside world. She's making it impossible to complete simple errands.

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  20. Oh wow yum, your pie looks absolutely amazing!

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  21. Carrie, have I ever told you that you're brilliant? I am in love with the recipe!!! And, I am so glad that we surprised, Jeanne!!!!

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    1. Haha thank you! Me too it was fun. I hope she enjoyed all of the recipes and mice.

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  22. 1.Drunk crafting is definitely the only way to do it.
    2. This is such a wonderful pie! I so love the combination of ingredients (it probably helps that I am independently obsessed with all of them).

    May this week be a MUCH better one. XOXOXO

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    1. Thanks Kat. I do think crafting and drinking go hand and hand. The only way to do it!

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  23. This is rocking! Carrie you hit it out of the part. Love the coconut/banana combo!!!

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  24. I'm in love with this pie! Pinning for sure! I made a Biscoff-Chocolate Banana-Graham Cracker layered bar last summer on a whim for a virtual baby shower. Sort of a similar recipe and story as what you just described!

    I love the LC idea. I just don't want to deal w/ shipping & the P.O. b/c that's like a 1 hour minimum stand-in-line situation in my area but a great idea for sure!

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    1. OOOOO Biscoff... I'm sold. Googling it now! The club is really a great idea but yeah... the post office is just a pain in the butt for me too.

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  25. loving the chocolate, coconut, and banana combo!

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  26. Oh my! Chocolate Pies are my favorite! =)

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