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
Kelly Bakes - Dulce de Leche Digestive Cookies
Sprinkled With Flour - Chunky Twix Cookies
Pineapple and Coconut - Cinnamon Dolce Oatmeal Cookies
Budget Gourmet Mom - Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
If you are interested in find out more about the Leftovers Club go check it out! http://www.theleftoversclub.
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
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
6 oz unsweetened coconut milk
1 medium ripe banana mashed
3 tbs of all purpose flour
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,
Madeline’sFig, Fontina and Pecan Flatbread,
Megan's Nutella Cream Cheese Turnovers