Sunday, April 15, 2012

Velvet Elvis Pie

I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Elvis Presley, Burning Love

A few weeks ago, I went to see Petula Clark live at The Arts Centre in Melbourne. Petula will be 80 in November, but she still has an amazing voice, and she moves about the stage like nobody's business.  If I am anything like in as wonderful shape as she is when I am 60, let alone 80, I would be very proud.  Her performance was fabulous, and she has the most wonderful stories of many famous folk who have now sadly departed this earth.  One of Petula's stories was about meeting Elvis Presley (lucky her!) for the first time, and segued into one of his songs. 

In her latest book, Pie It Forward, Gesine Bullock Prado has named one of her recipes after Elvis - the Velvet Elvis Pie.  Like Elvis' famous Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, this pie contains bananas and peanut butter - oh, and if that isn't enough, dulce de leche.  It is seriously evil but seriously good.  You can find the recipe for Gesine's Velvet Elvis Pie here.

The only change that I made to the recipe was that I baked my condensed milk a la David Lebovitz rather than boiling it, as I am terrified of explosions and burns featuring boiled condensed milk.  Umm, except that I forgot to add the water bath to the roasting pan, which meant that the milk was cooked a little more viciously than in should have been, and my resulting pie filling was therefore not as smooth as it could have been.  Oh well, it still tasted good, and I wasn't going to waste a perfectly good can of condensed milk.

Try the Velvet Elvis - if you dare.