Local Strawberries and Roasted Bananas Topped with Sweetened Fromage Blanc

by Kelly on July 7, 2009

P1012423Long title for such a simple dish.  After successfully making a batch of fromage blanc I wanted to test it out in a relatively unadulterated way.  Sweetening it lightly with honey and serving it atop fruit seemed like a logical choice, especially after reading many blog posts (like this one) that used fromage blanc in simple, sweet preparations.  Given all the work that went into the cheese though I knew it couldn’t just be any fruit so I decided on some strawberries from my CSA share and bananas.  To make the bananas a little bit more special I roasted mine in the oven.  This is one of my favorite techniques because it is simple and really brings out the sweetness and complexity of the fruit.  It’s been awhile since I’ve used roasted bananas in something but Carolyn of Food Gal’s recent post about Roasted Banana Muffins reminded me how much I missed doing this.  The resulting recipe is great for a light breakfast or a fruity dessert.

Eating it also took me back to a lovely lunch I enjoyed at Chez Panisse while in California.  Even though the ingredients and flavors were very different than anything we had that day, the style of preparation was similar.  It’s all about taking things that are naturally wonderful and pure and bringing out the best in each ingredient.  Cliche, I know, but somehow it makes the food seem more special and makes it easier to slow down and enjoy every bite.  Anyway, I’ll jump off my soap box and get to the recipe.  This is quite a lovely, simple dish though and achievable even if you don’t make your own fromage blanc.  Thankfully, Vermont Butter and Cheese makes a version of fromage blanc with skim milk that I found readily available at my local Whole Foods.  However, substituting whipped cottage cheese or even mascarpone would be a great adaptation.  The latter would yield something a little more indulgent, but no less yummy.

 

Strawberries and Roasted Bananas with Fromage Blanc  

Serves one

Ingredients:

-1 banana

-1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced in half

-1/4 cup fromage blanc

-1 teaspoon honey, plus additional for drizzling

Method:

Place your banana, unpeeled, on a sheet pan or baking dish and roast in a preheated 400 degree F oven until the skin is black.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, mix together the fromage blanc and honey and set aside.  Once the banana is cool enough to handle, peel and cut into chunks.  Place chunks in the bottom of a bowl.  Top with sliced strawberries and dollop sweetened fromage blanc on top.  Drizzle with additional honey for garnish as desired.

Enjoy slowly.

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Carolyn Jung July 8, 2009 at 1:41 am

I’m totally hooked on roasted bananas after doing the muffin recipe. Now, muffins I can make easily. Making my own fromage blanc? Hmmm, I’ll have to get my courage up for that one. ;)

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Kelly July 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

Carolyn – I read your blog regularly, I think you’re not giving yourself enough credit. Compared to a lot of the things you’ve made fromage blanc should be an easy task. :-)

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Mandee July 8, 2009 at 6:15 am

Strawberries + banana = one delicious dessert!

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Kelly July 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

Mandee – I know. Strawberries and bananas together are among my favorite flavor combinations.

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sherri July 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

This sounds heavenly.

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Kelly July 8, 2009 at 9:30 am

Sherri – Thanks. :-)

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Elina July 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I’ve never roasted bananas. I bet that would be amazing. I may have to make this little dessert very soon. I have strawberries and bananas – now I need to just hunt down some fromage blanc and we’ll be good to go :D

Thanks for all your comments on my blog! They’re always so insightful :)

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Kelly July 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Elina – Let me know if you make it. All of the whole foods I’ve been to carry it (it’s usually in the little area that has the fresh mozzarella and marscapone) but as I mention in the post you could also do whipped cottage cheese.

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Guava July 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm

ooh… I like the new look… CLASSY!

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Kelly July 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Guava – Thank you. I do too. It reminds me of when I paint a room because everytime I look at it I find I smile. The graphic designer/artist I worked with was awesome and really captured my personality in the header.

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shannon July 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

roasting bananas… done it on a campfire, don’t know why i haven’t done it in my own kitchen :) fromage blanc sounds delicious as well, props to making it yourself!

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