I’m a born and raised Bay Area girl. A place where we revel in our sourdough bread and delicious sandwiches. So moving to the East Coast and the South posed problems when most of the sandwich shops just didn’t have bread that was up to my spoiled San Francisco standard. However, in Winston-Salem there was one deli that stood out among the rest, Dioli’s. It’s easily what I miss the most. Being a girl of tradition, whenever I went in I would get the same exact sandwich and then treat my self to one of each of their thumbprint cookies: one chocolate, one raspberry and one apricot (eaten in that order every time of course!). I moved back to San Francisco and suddenly I was yearning for the South. No bakery had my thumbprint cookies just how I wanted them. So I had to try to make my own. My dad easily thinks these were the best thing he has ever had (that I’ve made), but I’m going to be honest with you. They aren’t Dioli’s thumbprint cookies. I don’t know if I can ever make them. But this is one tasty substitute that takes no time to make and is perfect until I figure out how.
So my obsession, along with a lot most people, is Pinterest. I love scouring to find new recipes, my next outfit, or just general awesomeness. I refuse to call it “Pin-trest” like everyone else. I’m starting my own trend and I like to call it “Pin – interest”. It just makes more sense to me. I’m sticking with it. However, I have to admit when it comes to the desserts on Pinterest I’m a snob. I apologize in advance if this is offensive. But when I see something that looks good, click on the picture that takes me to a baking blog, and then the recipe is “1 box of yellow cake mix, 1 can of whip cream and 2 bananas”. That is not a recipe. I’m certainly no expert baker and there is still a lot of cheats I use (i.e. phyllo dough), but I at least pride myself in not using boxes of cake mix. It just drives me insane. Well this is what I came across when I saw a picture of a strawberry cupcake on top of a brownie (both made from boxes). It just drives me insane. But I was inspired, so I decided to make my own. These Banana Split Cupcake Brownies have a brownie base, a banana cupcake top with strawberry frosting. Have no fear, it may be slightly more work but is still quite easy.