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I love to cook, bake, and make beautiful yummy foods.  Probably more  so than anything, though, I like it to look amazing, tempting, delicious, and, well, as good as it tastes.  I also like easy, simple.  I rarely, as in almost never, make anything from scratch unless its my grandmother’s recipe for Southern Dressing or Oatmeal-Cocoa Drop cookies.  But I still love it to look like I’ve put oodles of effort and added my own special touches to serve up a wow.

I’m also not a huge sharer of my recipes.  They are my own special creations that have stood me well and helped support our family.  If I gave them to you, I’d have to do something from a Jason Bourne movie, and, really, that’s just not me.

So I’m sharing a not so secret creation that is beyond delicious and can be varied to fit with anything.  It’s one of my favorite things because it has 6 ingredients and I love things with only 6 ingredients especially if I’ve picked up everything that goes into it at the store and really have nothing to do but assemble it into something oh-la-la.  Here’s the list for Banana Bread Amaretto Trifle:  Banana Bread (or any loaf cake such as chocolate and vanilla pound cake or angel food cake), whipped cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel sauce, and Amaretto.  This an adult dessert.  If you’re serving kids or don’t want to use liquor, use heated maple syrup…not the same but still good and kid-friendly.

To assemble, cut the banana bread in squares and put them in a mixing bowl then splash with Amaretto; let soak and then give them a toss or two.  In a trifle dish or other deep glass bowl, layer the spiked banana bread and top with caramel sauce and whipped cream, sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon, and keep making these rich layers until the bowl is filled.  Top generously with whipped cream, caramel sauce, more brown sugar, and  cinnamon.  Not only does it look like you’ve made something special, but it tastes divine, and who knew store bought banana bread could be so dressy?  An alternate if dessert isn’t dessert without chocolate, skip the cinnamon and top layers with shaved dark chocolate, chocolate sauce, and dust with cocoa.  Stores great in the fridge and tastes even better the next day.

Send me a photo if someone makes this!

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