Sunday, April 15, 2012

Velvet Elvis Pie


I'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Elvis Presley, Burning Love

A few weeks ago, I went to see Petula Clark live at The Arts Centre in Melbourne. Petula will be 80 in November, but she still has an amazing voice, and she moves about the stage like nobody's business.  If I am anything like in as wonderful shape as she is when I am 60, let alone 80, I would be very proud.  Her performance was fabulous, and she has the most wonderful stories of many famous folk who have now sadly departed this earth.  One of Petula's stories was about meeting Elvis Presley (lucky her!) for the first time, and segued into one of his songs. 

In her latest book, Pie It Forward, Gesine Bullock Prado has named one of her recipes after Elvis - the Velvet Elvis Pie.  Like Elvis' famous Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, this pie contains bananas and peanut butter - oh, and if that isn't enough, dulce de leche.  It is seriously evil but seriously good.  You can find the recipe for Gesine's Velvet Elvis Pie here.



The only change that I made to the recipe was that I baked my condensed milk a la David Lebovitz rather than boiling it, as I am terrified of explosions and burns featuring boiled condensed milk.  Umm, except that I forgot to add the water bath to the roasting pan, which meant that the milk was cooked a little more viciously than in should have been, and my resulting pie filling was therefore not as smooth as it could have been.  Oh well, it still tasted good, and I wasn't going to waste a perfectly good can of condensed milk.

Try the Velvet Elvis - if you dare.

15 comments:

Hotly Spiced said...

I can't believe Petula Clark is 80. How did that happen! I'd love to try this pie. How rich and indulgent and I'm sure TASTY! xx

Gloria said...

thid pie look amaxing cake lae and love. your pictures!!

yummychunklet said...

I love those Elvis peanut butter banana sandwiches. This pie sounds dreamy!

Jill said...

That sounds decadent and delicious!

Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

Ohh that's really interesting lol ive never heard of a velvet elvis pie :) But if it's got dulce de leche i bet it tastes amazing~

Kayte said...

Petula Clark is 80???!!! Wow. This pie looks really good...I was all onboard to make this until I read the chocolate part...is that absolutely necessary, do you think, or could one say leave the chocolate out if one perhaps didn't care for that part? Just checking. I make my caramelized milk a la DL as well for the same reasons. And it's easy. Great looking pie.

mireia badia said...

This pie looks AMAZING!!

Cakelaw said...

Kayte, the chocolate is optional - in the book, Gesine has had the pie photographed sans cream and chocolate.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Some of those Elvis recipes sounds amazingly good (and calorific). I have been trying to track down his strawberry cake recipe!

Lizzy said...

Oh, what a decadent and delicious pie! I have never made my own dulce de leche and I'd say it's high time I change that! Have a great week!

Cindy said...

I loved listening to Petula Clark in the 60's on our scratchy radio! My favorite song was Down Town (mostly because we lived in a very small farming town, the closest downtown was 2 hours away!)
The pie looks delicious.

Loveforfood said...

I am sure the flavors of this are wonderful but I have to say I am really loving the colors

Blond Duck said...

Awww geez. This is danger in a pan.

Elaine said...

I haven't heard about Petula Clark in the longest time! I remember her when I was growing up - my parents loved her and so did I! I am so glad that she is still performing. This pie does look evil-seriously evil and fabulous.

Johanna GGG said...

did my last comment get through - anyway if not, I love the pie and the sound of the concert and highly recommend caramelising condensed milk in the microwave - so quick and easy