Thursday, 5 June 2008

Coffee curd cheese with clove-scented bananas and almond praline

When concerning recipes, I often start my thought process from flavour combinations, as opposed to types of dishes or preparation methods. It gives the thought more free will and results in fantastic ideas more often (though some of them might be impossible to make or far too difficult for me...far too difficult to make them perfect)

Just as I stated, there's no escape from curd cheese on this blog and this time it's a tribute to the combination coffee-cloves-bananas-almonds. Actually the bananas are the X in this equation, successfully replaced by nectarines, peaches or apricots.

Curd cheese with coffee, clove-flavoured bananas and almond praline
(serves 3)

400 g curd cheese (smooth type, paste)
about 1 tsp coffee essence (can be substituted with instant coffee powder)
about 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 banana
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
almond praline (e.g. this)
  1. Mix curd cheese to taste with instant coffee powder or coffee essence, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Combine sliced banana, sugar and ground cloves on a skillet. Heat until the sugar has turned into a light caramel around the banana slices. Occasionally stir and turn the slices around.
  3. Crush the almond praline to little pieces.
  4. Serve the curd cheese with warm banana slices and crushed praline.
The bananas turn really soft in the caramelizing process and adopt quite a strong clove flavour that goes together incredibly well with the coffee flavour of the curd cheese. There's basically everything one could want from a dessert - the creaminess of the curd cheese, the stickyness of the bananas and the crunch of the praline, plus three intense tastes that dissolve into one another.


Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet said...

Cloves and bananas sound absolutely delicious. Reminds me of a number of my favorite desserts: my husbands favorite bananas foster. the banarfi pie that an english expat introduced me to while living in Ghana.

Delish! Thanks for tasty idea.

Suganya said...

This is decadent. What is curd cheese?

C.L. said...

Holy COW! This sound decadent! Is curd cheese somewhat like a custard? It sounds awesome!


linda said...

Never would have thought of combining curd with coffee. It looks delicious!

Evelin said...

erin, thank YOU!:) I've never tried banarfi pie, but I've been eyeing the recipe for quite some time!

suganya and c.l., thanks! If you want to know more about curd cheese, I advise you to read this article on wikipedia. I've never had anything similar to Estonian curd cheese 'kohupiim' abrouad though, the flavour differs according to the country.

linda, thanks! I could combine it with anything, I guess..

glamah16 said...

Oh that souds scrumptious.And I like what you created with the coconut milk to. Really innovative!

Evelin said...

glamah16, thanks! Innovative is the new black!:)