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Banana Split Cheesecake (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Banana Split Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

I’m in love with the Loveless Cafe. You might assume that this lust would be for their fried chicken or their world-famous biscuits, in which case I’d assume that you forgot to try their desserts. And by forgot I mean you probably stuffed yourself so full of chicken and biscuits that you can’t even begin to think about pie.

And for that I say, “How DARE you.”

Put down that third helping of chicken and that 7th biscuit (which, by the way, are incredible and totally deserving of a lifetime of devotion on their own). But whatever you do, no matter how many biscuits you choose to eat, you must, and I mean MUST, save room for dessert.

Banana Split Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

For those of you who have not or cannot experience the Loveless Cafe in person, you’re in luck. No, they’re not giving up their secret for flaky biscuits. But with the release of the new book, Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe, you can at least make some of their famous down-home desserts in your own home.

I’m no stranger to pastry chef Alisa Huntsman’s work. Because she also wrote one of my all-time favorite cake cookbooks, Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes. I didn’t realize she was local at first, only after I had left a trail of cake batter and drool over the pages of her book did I discover she lived here. In my city. And that made me more excited than the hoards of famous actors and musicians that also call Nashville home.

Alisa has been the pastry chef at the Loveless for 7 years. When she was first hired, Loveless didn’t serve dessert. Oh, the horror! But Alisa was dead set on changing that. Tucked away in her little pastry “closet” (as she calls it), and surrounded by ingredients, she couldn’t help but create new things. So while originally she was only asked to make a few classics (like coconut cream pie), she couldn’t help but add a few more sweet treats to the menu. And now? Well, let’s just say her desserts are as famous as the cafe itself.

Banana Split Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

I had a hard time choosing just what I was going to make first. Until I saw this recipe. Banana split cheesecake. I swooned, quickly recovered, and almost immediately set about making this fantasy a reality.

The result is what just might be the most beautiful cheesecake I’ve ever made. The banana flavor is subtle, the texture light and creamy. The gorgeous chocolate swirls are smothered in a fresh strawberry sauce that brings the whole thing together. And perfect, like I said, with not a crack in sight. Alisa offers up a few tricks for perfect cheesecakes, including to scrap the springform pan and water bath in favor of a heavy duty aluminum cake pan. Scary. But it works.

I took the full recipe and split it into two smaller cheesecakes. Perfect for two people. The second cheesecake is currently stashed away in the freezer, where I’m sure it won’t be for long. In fact, I may go get it out right now… it’d be thawed in time for dinner, um, I mean dessert… tonight. Sounds like a plan, Stan.

Banana Split Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

Yield: 1 8-inch or 2 6-inch cheesecakes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs (chocolate wafers, graham crackers, nilla wafers, etc.)
2/3 cup plus 6 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 pound cream cheese (not low-fat or whipped)
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (1 to 2 bananas)
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups fresh strawberries
whipped cream and chopped walnuts for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300ºF. Grease an 8-inch round heavy aluminum pan, or two 6-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper if desired; butter parchment.

In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and 3 tablespoons of the sugar. Stir to mix well. Pour in the melted butter and stir until evenly moistened. Dump crumb mixture into the prepared pan and press to cover the bottom and three-quarters of the way up the sides.

To make the filling, place the cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar, banana, sour cream, and flour in a food processor; pulse to form a smooth paste. With the machine on, add the eggs, one at a time; scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse briefly to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

Measure out 1 1/4 cups of the filling and set aside. Pour the remaining filling into crust. Return 1 cup of reserved filling to the food processor. Add melted chocolate and pulse to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl to make sure the batter is evenly mixed. Drizzle the chocolate filling in an abstract ribbon pattern over the top of the plain filling in the pan. Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup banana filling over the chocolate and use a blunt knife or bamboo skewer to swirl them into a marbled pattern; do not overmix.

Bake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven when center is still just slightly jiggly. Run a knife all the way around the edges to release the cake and crust. Return the cheesecake to the oven, turn off the heat, and let stand without opening the door for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand in the pan on a rack until cooled to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight if possible, to allow it to set completely.

To remove the cake from the pan, wrap a flat plate or tray with plastic wrap and spray it lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Hold the bottom of the cake pan over ow heat until it is slightly warm but not hot. Gently shake the pan from side to side to release cheesecake. Place the greased plate over the top of the cake and quickly invert it. The cake should slide right out of the pan. Place your serving plate on the bottom of the cake and invert it again right side up.

To make the strawberry sauce, place the strawberries and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

To cut, use a large chef's knife dipped it hot water and wiped clean between the cuts. Serve with a drizzle of strawberry sauce and a garnish of whipped cream and chopped walnuts, if desired.

Lucky for you, I just happen to have an extra copy of Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe. And one lucky reader is going to win it!

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to the winner Katie, comment #45!

To Enter:

Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your favorite down-home dessert?

Entries open through Wednesday, October 26 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be selecting the winner via random number generator on the morning of Thursday, October 27th. Prize will be shipped to the winner by me. And hey, for once (since it’s a book and nothing perishable!) this giveaway is open to international folks as well! Whoohoo!

Want Extra Entries?
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1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
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2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. I was provided with a free book by Artisan books and the Loveless Cafe, and some fried chicken and fudge pie to sweeten the deal. However all opinions and declarations of undying devotion here are purely my own. I’d gladly pay for that chicken. And for that pie.

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  1. 1
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

    My classic favorite dessert is CHOCOLATE CAKE, at least 2 layers, with a fudgy chocolate filling in the center, and chocolate icing all over, top to bottom ! This is a great banana split cheesecake…and I love that strawberry syrup pouring down. Must try this! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. 2
    Mel
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Peach crisp. =o] How I want to make some now…

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  3. 3
    Robin Larson
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    My favorite is fudge with coffee. I love all desserts!

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  4. 4
    Lacy
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Coconut cake. Cream cheese brownies. Strawberry shortcake. Beignets (because I’m from Louisiana). How am I supposed to choose?

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    Robin Larson
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I also “like” and follow you!

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  6. 6
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I can’t stress enough how chocolate chip cookies make everyone feel comfortable and at home. I also have the least allergy problems with that cookie. No nuts, no problem.

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  7. 7
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I’m a fan on facebook, that’s how I saw this post! (:

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  8. 8
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

    @bakerhi tweeted your contest! (:

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  9. 9
    Shanley
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Angel food cake. Hands down.
    (ps, I am a fan on FB!)

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    Hector
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Peanut butter pie. Hands down.

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  11. 11
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

    chocolate cupcakes! hands down!

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  12. 12
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

    alredy like you on Facebook!

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  13. 13
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I LOVE coconut cake. With a light as air icing. Dressed with even more coconut.

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    Grace
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Peach Cobbler. Or blackberry cobbler. Or really any kind of cobbler!

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    Amy Markopoulos
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Red Velvet Cupcakes. 100%

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    Amy Markopoulos
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I Liked you on Facebook :)

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    Amy Markopoulos
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I follow you on Twitter! And Tweeted about this contest!

    Reply

  18. 18
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Anything involving chocolate gets my vote! This book looks amazing! I may have to invest…

    Reply

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    Trina
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    My mother’s lemon meringue pie.

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    Abbey
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Apple or Pear pie!

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  21. 21
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Tweeted too!

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    MK
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Peach cobbler!

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    Jess :)
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

    chocolate chip cookies :)

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    Liz
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

    chocolate chip pie!

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  25. 25
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Mocha cake layered with mocha ganache and topped with a coffee cream cheese frosting and a hot cup of black coffee on the side (I love coffee!).

    Reply

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    jessica n.
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Either banana pudding from scratch of course or my husbands favorite cake, lane cake

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I love a good apple pie. Nothing beats it.

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    Polly
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler…the kind that my grandma used to just whip up out of nowhere, throw in the oven and serve with homemade vanilla ice cream on the back porch :o)

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    Polly
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I follow you on FB too!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I am drooling looking at the pictures! Cheesecake cant get better than this..

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  31. 31
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I love a good home-baked apple pie :)

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    Meg
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Peach cobbler

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    Kelly
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Apple pie or peach cobbler. Your cheesecake looks wonderful!

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  34. 34
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    My favorite hometown dessert.. my mom’s birthday cakes! Brings me back to my childhood. She even made my BFF’s wedding cake!

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  35. 35
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Holy canoli that looks DELICIOUS! I think I need to make that. Stat.

    Also, my favorite easy peasy dessert is/are oatmeal raisin cookies! But not the mass market kind, yuck. And carrot cake. Mmmmm

    Already like you on fb!

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  36. 36
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Liked on FB

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    Kiezha
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Coconut cream pie. & Loveless Cafe’s pie makes me weep with joy.

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  38. 38
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I’m wiping drool up from my desk… I love seeing creative flavors in cheesecake and this one looks amazing!

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    Jessi
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Oh my gosh. My favorite down home dessert HAS to be angel food cake. Homemade whipped cream, fresh strawberries from the garden…is it summer again yet?

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Apple pie- no contest. My mom’s to be specific!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Oh, and I’m already a FB follower- and you’re part of my faves section on my own blog!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Ooh favorite downhome dessert… I have to vote banana pudding on this one! But it sure looks like that cheesecake could change my mind… ;)

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  43. 43
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Tweeted! :)

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  44. 44
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Liked!

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  45. 45
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Cheesecake…or cookies, but cheesecake is better!

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  46. 46
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

    following on twitter…and tweeted

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    liked on fb :)

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I don’t think I have just one favorite, but the first thing that comes to mind is a berry cobbler. Perfected with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, just starting to melt from the warmth of the cobbler.

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted

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  50. 50
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

    And I most definitely fan you on FB already. I really need to check this place out the next time I am in Nashville, I’ve never heard of it before! Might be worth a 3 hour drive just for it?

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    That cheesecake looks and sounds absolutely amazing! My favourite down-home dessert would have to be classic apple pie – but even better if it’s deep dish, and especially if it has caramel!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    My favourite cake is the Tarte Tatin my mum used to make…It is amazing, with those caramelized apples, and some whipped cream on the side, or this fantastic “double-crème de Gruyère”, you can just die right after. I’m also a fan of you on Facebook!

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    58Teresa
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

    ohhh – Root Beer Float Cookies, of course!

    mmmmmmm – want the recipe? lol

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    Tina W
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

    My favorite is graham cracker pie – a custard pie with a graham cracker crust. Yum!

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    Hannah
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Strawberry shortcake.

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    Megan
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Pecan Pie……….and all of it’s variations. simply divine!

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    Megan
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I liked you on Facebook………….and I might have to add Red Velvet Cake to the mix!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Strawberry short cakes in the summer or my Great Grandmother’s “Cherry Dessert,” which may be known by other names. It’s a graham crust, a sweetened cream cheese layer, whipped cream, and cherry pie filling on top. I can never get enough of it!!!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I follow on Facebook too!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Nothing beats the perfect cookie. Usually a peanut butter chocolate chip treat, with just enough saltiness to offset the sweet.

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  61. 61
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Apple rhubarb crisp! Actually any fruit crisp or cobbler makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

    Reply

  62. 62
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Creme Brulee. Oh my word, I love that stuff.

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    Annabelle
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I love sweets, how can i pick just one dessert, but if I have to choose one, i pick the chocolate souffle, I can see myself cutting the souffle and the liquid chocolate oozing out. yummy

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  64. 64
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My favorite dessert (if I have to pick just one) is Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! Yum!

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  65. 65
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My uncle’s Kentucky Derby Pie, NO contest.

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  66. 66
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Following on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway.

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  67. 67
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Like on FB as well.

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  68. 68
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I follow you on Twitter and just tweeted.

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    Mariko
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Favorite downhome dessert would have to be…pumpkin pie! Though, really I love anything if it’s well-made. (duh.)

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Now where was this trick for making a cheescake that doesn’t crack last weekend when I was making mine?!? I’ll have to give this method a try cause as you can see mine didn’t work out so well…http://dandydishes.blogspot.com/2011/10/primal-pumpkin-cheesecake.html

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    Sam H
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Chocolate chip cookies always remind me of home… now all I need is a glass of milk!!

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    Ken G.
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

    My family could live on apple crisp, especially in late summer early fall when the gravensteins ripen. Ooooooh… I’m already looking forward to next September.

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  73. 73
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I adore banana rum cake))) it is something))

    I don’t have tweeted account, so I can’t tweet you, but I like’d you on Facebook)))))

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    Amanda
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Definitely bread pudding!

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  75. 75
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    My fav is texas sheet cake! :)

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    Kayla
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Mystery cake, aka tomato soup cake is one of my favourites; my grandma used to make it and my family has carried on the tradition. It’s best with cream cheese icing, but also delicious on its own.

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I am also a fan on FB. :)

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    My favorite down-home dessert is my grandma’s banana bread. So good! I can’t quite get it right myself either, which makes it even better :)

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  79. 79
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Pumpkin roll. Nothing competes with my mom’s. So yummy!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Rice balls (kind of like mochi) with sweet wine sauce. It’s very Asian and my mom only makes it once a year!

    Already a fan on Facebook!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Blackberry Cobbler!

    I also liked you on Facebook :)

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  82. 82
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Bread pudding, for sure!

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    Kasey
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    My favorite dessert ever is a yellow cake with poppy seeds and my mama’s homemade vanilla frosting. It’s so simple and far from decadent, but it’s delicious. The smell of the frosting on the stove top brings back so many memories from my childhood. :)

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies, for sure!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    My grandmother’s Buche de Noel at Christmas, hands down.

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Liked you on facebook!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Tweeted!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    this is tough but I would either choose some warm chocolate chip cookies or a simple apple pie!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    i already like you on facebook!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    tweeted! but i already followed you :)

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    akonk
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Banoffie Pie – a toffee crust with custard sliced banans and whipped cream YUM!

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    akonk
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I tweeted too!

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    akonk
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I’m a fan on FB too :)

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    Kadee
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I’m a real sucker for some cherry crumble or cherry pie. So good!

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    Kadee
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    And I like L&OO on Facebook!

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’m not sure what necessarily constitutes a “down home” dessert, but I will never turn down pineapple upsidedown cake. Yum!

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  97. 97
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    This looks fantastic!

    I’d have to say my favorite is, hands down, southern banana pudding!!

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    Andrea
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    This looks delicious, I just have to fit this recipe into my weekend-plans! For American desserts, I love my host-mothers pecan pie with a scoop of ice cream. For German down-home desserts my grandma’s preserved peaches are on the top of my list. Or a good warm semolina pudding with selfmade raspberry juice…

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    Andrea
    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    … and I am already a fan of L&OO on Facebook. :-)

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    Posted On October 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Chocolate sheet cake – it’s the best!!

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