Che Chuoi (banana coconut milk dessert)

Yesterday I came out to my kitchen and found that someone had yanked a banana too hard from the bunch and somehow three others peeled on one side.

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I was just so tired yesterday I didn’t want to do much cooking. In fact, I didn’t even cook dinner, everyone just fended for themselves. But I had to do something with these bananas. Looking at the peel off on one side was really  hurting my eyes. The easiest thing I could think to make was Che Choui. It’s very easy to make and you can eat it hot or cold. It’s more like a sweet soup when you eat it hot and more like a pudding after it’s been refrigerated. Both ways are delicious!

I already had all the ingredients at home except for the coconut milk. Here’s the coconut milk and tapioca pearls I used.

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I like to cut thick slices of banana so it doesn’t get too mushy from cooking.

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You’ll know the tapioca is ready when it’s all translucent.

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Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

4 cups water
1/4 cup tapioca
1 can of coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup of sugar (can put less if you like)
1 tsp salt (if you use less sugar you probably won’t need as much salt either)
6 bananas, sliced

Directions:

Pour 4 cups of water into a medium pot and add the tapioca pearls. Bring water and pearls to a rolling boil and turn the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally so the pearls don’t stick to each other. When the pearls are all translucent add the coconut milk and vanilla extract then stir. Add the bananas, sugar and salt. When the bananas are heated through (they’ll turn a bit gray and that’s normal) you’re done! You can sprinkle a bit of toasted sesame seeds and crushed peanuts on the top when serving.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondies

Since Monday was a holiday and no one in the family had to work we all decided to go cherry picking. I had seen Facebook posts from Lodi Blooms which is only about 40 minutes away so it seemed like the perfect place to go. I’ve been to a couple other places where you pick your own fruit but the experience was nowhere near as fun as this place. Maybe it’s because I went right on time and the fruit was plentiful, perfectly sweet and crunchy. Either way everyone in the family picked A LOT.

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I know we won’t be able to eat it all unless some of it gets cooked so I had to figure out what to make. I didn’t want to make anything that took too long so I decided to make blondies. These are so decadent from the chocolate and the bursts of cherry is just so delicious! The ingredients are simple and it’s super quick to make!

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Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) of melted butter
2 cups of brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups halved cherries
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ยบ

Grease and flour a 9×13″ pan (I used a pyrex)

Melt the butter in a microwave in 20 second increments until it is completely melted. Put the butter in a large bowl and mix in the brown sugar until it’s blended in completely. Crack 2 large eggs into the bowl and whisk until fully incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and stir. Add the flour and salt until everything is mixed in well. Fold in the chocolate chips and cherries. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until the center looks cooked all the way and inserting a toothpick that comes out clean.