Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons Sometimes you just gotta amuse all of your loves at once and go eclectic.  If you took a look at my closet, decor, and even props it would be pretty hard for anyone to pinpoint my style or era in which I live (or wish to live) in.  With fashion, I love to indulge my feminine side with pearls, funky inherited jewels, and ruffle details while mixing in tailored jackets, dark denim, and military-style pieces.  As you can see from a lot of my photos, my sweets and savories can be found on a mix of vintage silver  and Crate and Barrel dishes from our wedding registry.   In fact, I just spent the afternoon walking up and down Main Street (yes, literally Main Street) going in and out of antique and local boutique stores trying to find accessories to compliment my West Elm and Ikea-esque apartment.

When it comes to the kitchen, my cooking and baking style is typically defined by giving classics a new twist.  I enjoy infusing unexpected flavors together and using local ingredients to update old favorites.  For this latest creation, I decided to mix comfort food flavors with classic pastry.  When I think of Parisian desserts, flavors like pistachio, raspberry, and rose come to mind.  Even almond and apricot- but hardly peanut butter or banana.  Not today though.

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

 

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

I found an amazing new product in the local section of my grocery store: Dark Chocolate and Banana flavored Peanut Butter.  Whoa.  Definitely going in the cart.  If anything, I could totally eat right out of the jar.  Of course a million ideas popped into my head on how I could use these flavors in new recipes.  For daily purposes, I use this peanut butter on toast and in smoothies.  But for more fanciful fare, the filing for French macarons.  Dark chocolate and peanut butter banana macarons are the perfect blend of nostalgic, whimsical flavors and French pastry.

Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

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Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

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Peanut Butter Banana Macarons

Apple Maple Peanut Butter Tart

ApplePBTart-StyeSweetCA I love taking classic flavor pairings and other treats and turning them into new recipes (see Indoor S'mores, Key Lime Pie Truffles, and Peanut Butter- Banana Cake).  You get the idea.  Knowing what flavors go together is the key to great recipes.  When developing something new, this philosophy is an easy and effective starting point.  Hello Peach Cinnamon Chip Ice Cream!

Although I am not in school, nor do I have school-aged children, I definitely noticed a shift of energy around the city that declares that summer is (pretty much) over.  The cooler weather and lighter presence of tourists has slowly signaled that we put down out chilled wine and summer cocktails on the patio and get back to work.  Today, I am sharing my first apple recipe of the season.  Combined with maple sugar and cinnamon, this easy Apple Maple Peanut Butter Tart perfectly eases our way into back-to-school (or work) mode.

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Inspired by Picky Palette:

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