Banana Coconut Cake

Sweet bananas are grown predominantly along the Gulf Coast, where they are frequently cooked with butter and sugar and then flambéed. This extra-moist cake combines them with coconut, a favorite ingredient in Mexican candies. Look for wide shards of flaked coconut in health food stores. ingredients For Cake: 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 1/3 cups mashed ripe banana 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans For Custard: 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk 1 cup whole milk 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 4 egg yolks For Assembly:

3 bananas, peeled and sliced 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded dried coconut, toasted directions FOR CAKE: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. To make the cake, in a large bowl and using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, about 10 minutes longer. Mix in the buttermilk and mashed banana. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on low speed just until moistened. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute. Then, using a wooden spoon, fold in the pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, dividing it evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25-35 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then invert the cakes onto the racks to cool completely. FOR CUSTARD: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or plastic wrap and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the coconut milk and whole milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the eggs yolks and stir briskly until blended. Whisk half of the hot milk into the sugar-yolk mixture to temper it, then whisk the sugar-yolk mixture into the remaining hot milk in the saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick, 3-4 minutes. Spread the custard on the prepared baking sheet; cover with a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cool. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. TO ASSEMBLE: In a bowl, toss the banana slices with the lemon juice and sugar. Trim the top of a cake layer so that it is level and place on a serving plate. Spread with a thin layer of the custard, arrange the banana slices on top, and then spread a thin layer of custard over the bananas. Place the second cake layer on top, bottom down, and spread the top with the remaining custard. Garnish with the coconut, mounding it on top. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Non-Restaurant Food-Server Job Duties Food-servers who work in a non-restaurant environment may be employed at such places as hospitals and hotel. They use carts or trays to carry and deliver foods, beverages, condiments and utensils. Duties may also include cleaning dishes and utensils. They must also ensure that the right foods are delivered to the correct recipients and according to any instructions or restrictions. Duties might also include preparing food items, such as appetizers, salads, sandwiches or soups. Responsibilities may also include restocking ice, supplies and condiments. Preparing and delivering customers’ bills and accepting customers’ payments are also common. Additional Qualifications Food-server job qualifications often include holding a high school diploma, though some institutions do not require this. Employers typically provide on-the-job training. Some employers may prefer prior experience or other training to formal schooling. Food-servers must be able to work in a team.

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