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Kir Jensen's Banana What What Shake

Kir Jensen’s Banana What What Shake

Last month on a trip to Portland, I swung by The Sugar Cube, Kir Jensen’s dessert cart, and sampled The Banana What What. As milkshake flavors go, vanilla tends to be my favorite, but her banana malted shake with fresh whipped cream and beer caramel was a perfect combo of sweet and slightly salty. Back in the Big Apple, I was reading Food52  (Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs’ site) and happened across a Banana Cardamom Milkshake Recipe posted by Stubbs. Today I finally got around to trying it out. I’ve always loved cardamom in desserts (Indian flavor profiles in desserts in England, where my family is from, are more common than they seem to be here) and the lime in this recipe really makes the cardamom sing – they work together to accent the banana. Really awesome dessert recipes (at least in my mind) tend to combine savory or salty elements with sweet for a more balanced end result – this baby’s a great example!


About francoiseeats

I'm currently working as a freelance travel and food writer, and photographer. I spent two years at, the culinary on-line magazine for the industry insider. My articles have been published in New York, NY and Richmond, VA. After graduating from Columbia University and recovering from the tragedy of not being able to read Camus books for a living, I attended The Culinary Institute of America, where my scone consumption rose drastically. Fluent in French and Italian, I've worked in some of New York's top restaurants and covered food-related stories in a number of publications, from The Richmond Times-Dispatch to Time Out New York.

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