BANANA BARS


Heavenly banana bars with cleaved Fisher walnuts and cream cheddar icing. 

So it at long last has a craving for spring – kinda. The trees are beginning to bud and like clockwork the temps will warm somewhat and the sun will look out from behind a cover of mists. Not immaculate climate, but rather it's certainly advance, so we'll take it! 

With spring climate comes patio grills and offhand engaging with family and companions. There's truly nothing superior to getting together amid the spring season; be that as it may, once in a while I observe menu wanting to be somewhat dubious. Spring is such a transitional time for me with respect to nourishment – I'm not exactly prepared for the light passage of summer, yet, I'm essentially over the heavier dishes of fall and winter. 

I'm infatuated with these banana bars since I feel like they thoroughly conquer any hindrance amongst winter and spring. They're stacked with Fisher walnuts and finished with a delightfully rich and smooth cream cheddar icing. Cutting them into triangular shapes and channeling on a twirl of icing makes them somewhat more exceptional, so they're totally ideal for a Mother's Day early lunch or an outing in the recreation center. 

As a major aspect of my joint effort with Fisher Nuts, I could talk with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. What better approach to discover spring motivation than to meet an astounding gourmet specialist and get the down and out on her most loved spring formulas and engaging thoughts.


Q. Where do you discover formula motivation? 

A. I discover the greater part of my motivation in fixings. Whether crisp occasional create, or an awesome cut of meat or fish, I want to the let fixings lead the way. Nuts are frequently a characteristic piece of my cooking condition since they offer awesome flavor, abundance and surface. 

Q. What's your go-to menu for spring engaging? 

A. I cherish a straightforward sugar snap pea plate of mixed greens or a quiche and an entire cooked chicken with some spring vegetables in the base of the broiling container. . The chicken meals as I make the plate of mixed greens or cut the quiche and that abandons me more opportunity to hang out with my visitors. 

Q. What's your most loved spring fixing to cook with? 

A. I adore asparagus and peas. It's a tie. I can't get enough of some simmered asparagus with lemon and hacked egg or a bowl of crisp peas with basil. To me, that is spring. 

Q. Do you have a most loved refreshment for spring? 

A. I want to make a custom made pop from rhubarb, a press of lemon and shimmering water. 

Q. What's an unquestionable requirement have for spring engaging? 

A. I think a little bunch of blossoms on the table, of any sort and any value point, is a basic approach to flag the end of winter and the start of spring. I additionally cherish a little bunch of herbs. Palatable bunches rouse eating! 

Q. What's your most loved nut to nibble on? 

A. I need to say that almonds are the nut I nibble on the most as often as possible. Fragmented or entirety. I additionally love to hurl them in somewhat warmed olive oil with paprika and salt. 

Q. What's the best treat you've ever eaten? 

A. I don't have a best treat! I have numerous pastries I adore. Beyond any reasonable amount to name. A champion for me was this Baklava I ate at a neighborhood Greek eatery. The layers of nectar doused baked good, nuts and dried organic products was eminent. 

Q. On the off chance that you could spend a day in the kitchen cooking and heating with anybody, living or dead, who might it be? 

A. I might want to cook for French gourmet specialist Sophie Pic. She is a female Michelin three star gourmet expert and her accomplishments motivate me.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 cup chopped Fisher Walnuts
For the Frosting
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy; about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time to the creamed mixture. Mix in sour cream and vanilla until fully incorporated into the batter.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until combined. Stir in bananas and walnuts until they are fully incorporated into the batter.
4. Evenly spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated over for 25 minutes or until the a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean. Remove pan to a cool rack to cool completely.
5. While the bars are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, gradually add in the confectioners' sugar and mix until fully combined. Turn mixer up to medium-high speed and beat until super fluffy; about 3-4 minutes. Use an offset spatula to frost the bars or pipe the frosting onto the bars using a small round piping tip (see not below).

Notes:

- If you choose to pipe the frosting, you may need to double the frosting recipe as this technique uses more frosting than simply spreading it onto the bars.
- Refrigerate bars in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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