Bananas Foster Coffee Cake

Occasionally we stumble across a recipe that is ah-mazing!  It is so delicious that we can’t wait to tell our Blind Pig readers about it.  This week we are sharing Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with you.  This coffee cake has the delicious flavors of traditional banana bread with a yummy rum sauce to top it off.

It was a huge hit in our household.  It was so delicious that Craig and Piglet #3 were already biting into it before Rhonda had time to take some photos.  We wish that we were the wonderful creators of this recipe, but we cannot take the credit.  We found it in a December 2014 issue of Southern Living Magazine.

The ingredients that you will need for this delicious treat are — ripe bananas, dark rum, brown sugar, softened butter, vanilla extract, cream cheese, eggs, all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, pecans, cinnamon, sugar and heavy cream.

The recipe seems lengthy and a little intimidating at first, don’t get overwhelmed.  This was fairly easy to make and the outcome is a worthwhile trade off.

The original recipe called for more rum sauce, but we felt that it was way too much sauce.  We cut the sauce ingredients in half in our version of the recipe.  Another note about the rum sauce is that you want to drizzle it over the coffee cake while the sauce is warm.  The sauce thickens very quickly and cannot be drizzled after about 15 minutes.  Drizzle while warm!

You can see that the rum sauce becomes thick quickly.

The coffee cake is ready to serve as soon as the sauce is drizzled.  However, it also keeps well if you want to make a day or evening ahead.  We nibbled on ours for several days and it was delicious until the very end.  Bananas Foster Coffee Cake would be a great addition to any brunch, special breakfast or coffee with friends. (Grandma Ruth, this would be great for your coffees with friends!)

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We enjoyed this coffee cake with a latte from our front porch last Sunday.  It was the perfect start to a lazy weekend morning.  Try the recipe soon and let us know what you think.  Better yet, make the recipe, share it with friends and tell them about our blog!




When the Going Gets Tough…Bake!

A popular trend during this COVID crises is to bake bread.  Rhonda has been baking since our stay at home orders began.  Who knew?  There is something very comforting about the smell of fresh baked bread and eating it is even more of a solace.  Even Jimmy Fallon and Hugh Jackman were baking bread on the Tonight Show this week.  These are tough unforeseen times that we are living in, and we are looking for anything that is a momentary distraction. So, as they always say,  “When the going gets tough… the tough bake!”

Out of all of the breads that have been popular to bake lately banana bread is topping the trend list.  We shared with you a great banana bread recipe a couple years back, Zaya Banana Bread, which was a huge hit in The Blind Pig household.  Today we are going to share with you the recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread.  It has a little bit chocolate, a little bit banana, and of course we Blind Pigged it up with some Caffe’ Borghetti!  Chocolate Banana Bread did not last long at our house.  Let’s see if you fare a little better.

To make Chocolate Banana Bread you will need flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs, butter, bananas, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate chips and Caffe’ Borghetti.

The recipe is a very basic bread recipe that does not need you to add yeast or wait for the dough to rise.  First mix the dry ingredients together.  Then mix together bananas, eggs, melted butter, Caffe’ Borghetti and vanilla.  Fold the two mixtures together and add the chocolate chips. Pour it into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 65 minutes.  So easy!

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After about an hour, remove the bread from the oven and place on a cooling rack.  You can serve it warm or cooled.  This bread is a great breakfast bread with a hot cup of coffee or makes a delicious afternoon snack.

For more great bread recipes from The Blind Pig Blog, check out these links below.

Angry Orchard Bread

Zaya Banana Bread

Easy Pumpkin Beer Bread

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls

Has the COVID crisis given you the urge to bake more?  We would love to hear about what you’ve been up to!



Summer’s Just Around the Corner

Summer is just around the corner!  This week marks the last week of school for Rhonda and Blind Piglets #2 and #3.  We have so many fun ideas in store for you for the summer months.  But before we continue, we have to take a few minutes to brag on Blind Piglet #1.  She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri this past weekend and will start her adult life on Wednesday in St. Louis.  Watch out world, she is not one to sit still and look pretty.😉  We are so very proud of her and have enjoyed watching her bloom and grow.

Photo by Rachel Kim Photography

Photo by Rachel Kim Photography

Now on to summer.  Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend and you may be planning a barbecue or cookout.  This week’s recipe is perfect for Memorial Day or any family gathering during the summer.  It’s easy, tasty and fresh.  In fact, it is so easy that it is the perfect dessert for on-the-spot entertaining! We apologize that we don’t know where we originally found this recipe.  It was in Rhonda’s files on a slip of paper.  Of course, we twisted it up a bit to make it even better.

You don’t need lots of ingredients for Banana Bourbon Cobbler.  This recipe is made with self-rising flour, sugar, milk, melted butter, bananas, and bourbon. The streusel topping needs brown sugar, self-rising flour, butter, rolled oats and pecans.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Meanwhile whisk together flour, sugar, milk and butter.  Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 11 x 7 dish.

Make your streusel topping and set aside.

Top with banana slices and pour 1 ounce of bourbon over the top of the bananas.  Top off with streusel topping, and pop into the oven for 40-45 minutes.

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The golden brown goodness looks so yummy when you pull it from the oven, as well as the delicious baked smell.  But better yet is the delicious taste of this gem when served warm with a dollop of ice cream on top.  The bourbon adds to the sweetness of the bananas with a nice smooth flavor. Yummo!

Rhonda pulled this from the oven and within minutes Blind Piglets #2 and #3 emerged and ate almost half of the pan — before dinner!

Try this delicious dessert at your next family gathering, or better yet, try it for dinner tonight!



Bonus Post: You Knead It!

So… for our bonus post we had hoped that we would be sharing two fun cocktails to serve at your Super Bowl party.  Since the Chiefs and the Saints are going to be there next year instead of this year, we decided to keep that post for 2020. (wink)  Thus we bring you your January Bonus Post:  You Knead It!

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread.  The winter time is when fresh, steamy bread tastes best.  Is it because it is the ultimate comfort food?  We realized that we have a fondness for featuring good bread recipes on TBPBlog over the past couple of years.  This week we are going to take a look back and revisit some of our “kneadiest” recipes.

Zaya Banana Bread:  Yummy!  If you like banana bread, you need to try this recipe. It is so easy.  Make sure to save some bread for day 2 when the rum is released.  Oh yesssss!

Angry Orchard Bread:  This bread was an overnight success and quickly became a favorite both on the blog and in The Blind Pig household.  Did we mention that there are only 3 ingredients?

Easy Pumpkin Beer Bread:  Easy Pumpkin Beer Bread is the close cousin of Angry Orchard Bread.  You don’t have to wait for the leaves to start to fall to enjoy it.  Try it out today.

Christmas Morning Bread: Craig won’t stop talking about this bread!  This has been one of his most favorite recipes we have ever featured on The Blind Pig Blog.  It is the perfect breakfast bread for a brunch or morning meeting.  Serve it at home or take it to go.

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls:  No one makes cinnamon rolls like grandma.  This recipe is definitely worth the extra work.  The Kerrygold icing is a hit!

Kerrygold French Toast:  Looks difficult, but isn’t.  Serve this at your next brunch or family breakfast.  It will impress all who attend.

Whiskey Bread Pudding: This is the perfect warm winter dessert.  It is so filling and comforting with just a little zip of whiskey to warm you inside and out.


Seven delicious breads for breakfast, brunch or anytime.  Which one will you try this weekend?




Happy Anniversary, Blind Pig

The Blind Pig Blog has made one trip around the sun!  Yes, this week marks our one year anniversary of The Blind Pig Blog.  What an adventure this year has been! We are so grateful to our faithful subscribers who have joined us in this fun adventure. Each post has had its own special flare and flavor.  At the end of 2017 we posted our Top Ten most popular posts for the year.  This week, we want to take you on a trip down memory lane and share our personal favorites with you.

10. Spiked Honey Watermelon Limeade

spiked honey watermelon limemade

We first shared this delicious beverage with you during our Watermelon Wars.  Not only is the drink fun to make, but it is a great drink for summer cookouts or pool parties.

9. The Royal Hurricane


The Royal Hurricane is one of the newer members of The Blind Pig cache, but will most likely be a crowd favorite at our household this summer.  It’s an excellent beach or lakeside drink.

8. Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls

No one makes rolls like Grandma Ruth, but these are a great substitute when Grandma is not near.

7.  Kerrygold French Toast

kerrygold french toast

This recipe is a must-have at your next brunch.  By the way, Mother’s Day is just right around the corner.

6. Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

salted whiskey caramel corn

This post is one our favs because it was so darn easy to make, and was such a delightful surprise!

5. Zaya Banana Bread

zaya banana bread

Zaya Banana Bread is hands down the BEST banana bread we have ever had.  It even tastes better after a day or two.

4. Kerrygold Ice Cream

kerrygold ice cream

This post was probably our most overlooked post, and it was definitely one of the best recipes we shared with you.  It is such an easy way to make homemade ice cream, and it is delish!  The chocolate sauce is a dream, too.

3. Caffe Borghetti Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie

caffe borghetti pbif pie

Six words: Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie.  Need we say more?

2. Mary Ann or Ginger?

Mary Ann or Ginger1

This fun, easy drink is a crowd pleaser and one of our favorites to serve at get-togethers and gatherings.

1. The Skinny Agave Margaritathe skinny agave margarita

This post started it all.  Not only does The Skinny Agave Margarita taste great, it is a versatile crowd pleaser for any social gathering.  Besides, who doesn’t appreciate a good margarita every now and then?

Thank you for being a loyal follower.  Please share our posts and site with friends. We would love to have them join us.  New to our site?  Please subscribe.

We are closing out this post with a shout out to Blind Piglet #1.  She turns 21 years old today!  Happy Birthday. XOXO

Disclaimer:  The beverages shared on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking. Never drink and drive.


Top Ten Posts for 2017

Happy New Year, friends.  Did you ring in the new year with family and friends or did you spend a cozy night in?  We had a get together at our casa and the Infused Pineapple Vodka did not disappoint.

As we look forward to the new year with optimism and enthusiasm, we also reflect on 2017.  We were surprised to see that we have already posted 33 times on our little blog.  Time flies when you are busy cooking and concocting.  We wanted to share with you our top ten posts that received the most buzz and views.

  1. Zaya Rum Mojito zayamojito5
  2. Tequila Fish Tacostequila fish tacos6
  3. Watermelon Warswatermelon wars 3
  4. Mary Ann or Gingermary ann or ginger
  5. Carpano Antica Sangriasangria 8
  6. Zaya Banana Breadzaya banana bread 1
  7. Zaya Rum Manhattanzaya manhattan 7
  8. Pumpkin Spice Martinipumpkin spice martini 4
  9. Kerrygold Ice Creamkerrygoldicecream
  10. Salted Whiskey Caramel Corncaramel corn 013

Next week we will bring you more recipes and ideas for entertaining and your delight, as well as some more low calorie alternatives for entertaining.

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Zaya Banana Bread

Hello friends!  We missed you.  Last week we took a weekend trip to Nashville to see our son play in a hockey tournament.  Although the hockey did not turn out like we had hoped, we had a lot of fun visiting Nashville.  We ate at a few cute little restaurants and ventured down to Broadway on Saturday night with our friends, Patrick and Molly, to take in a little live music and dancing at Tootsie’s and The Stage!  The live music was amazing and we had a blast.

This week we are sharing our Zaya Banana Bread recipe with you.  When the bananas in our fruit bowl start to turn brown, no one in the family will touch them.  Rhonda likes to save them for banana bread.  One day she was looking at the browned bananas and thinking about how well bananas and rum go together — like in our Zaya Bananas Foster!  She got the inspiration to add some rum to banana bread.  She was feeling pretty proud of herself for her creativity until she googled rum banana bread and realized that many others had beaten her to this wonderful idea.  Oh well… We decided on a recipe from  The prose and photography on this blog definitely have us beat.  If you have time, go check it out.  After you make some Zaya Banana Bread, of course.

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Can’t you just smell the delicious hot banana bread looking at this picture?

Before we share the recipe with you there is one little thing that you might want to know about this bread.  Try to resist the temptation to eat all of it when you first bring it out of the oven.  We know.  It’s sooo hard, right?  Who can resist warm banana bread with just a pat of melting butter?  This bread actually gets better the longer it sits.  The flavor of the rum is more pronounced on the second and third days, and Zaya has the perfect rich flavor to pair with this recipe. Yummo!  (You can still warm in up in the microwave if you like it hot.)  Make sure to keep it in a sealed container if you have some leftover. We put ours in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.


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Zaya Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark rum (We used Zaya Rum.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.  Beat in the vanilla extract and mashed bananas until fully incorporated.  Mix in the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Stir in the rum.

Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool loaf pan for 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack.

zaya banana bread 1

This is a great recipe to package for holiday goody baskets, or to serve at a holiday brunch.  Are you having family in town for Thanksgiving?  Make some Zaya Banana Bread to have on hand to serve as a mid-morning or afternoon snack with a warm cup of coffee.

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