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Greetings from the USA!

It’s cold. Β Like, proper cold. I’m well bundled though (perhaps a little over-bundled to my family’s embarrassment) and I’m loving a chance to spend some time in my most missed season of the year since moving to Cayman.

I’m spending this year’s Veteran’s Day (US) and Remembrance Day (CI) visiting my dad and step-mother in Cabot, Arkansas. Β I’m doing my Christmas shopping, enjoying the lovely (but brisk!) weather and getting ready for a mini-reunion with the rest of the family tomorrow. Β There will be baby squeezing.


But today, I’m lazing around in my PJ’s, snuggling with Frankie and thinking about this super yummy banana toffee panini I made last week.

Banana Toffee Panini by Michael’s Genuine, adapted by Parsley Sage
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You will need:
1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 3/4-inch slices of bread
1 tbsp caramel sauce
4 very ripe bananas, halved lengthwise and crosswise
1/2 cup crushed toffee pieces (I used toffee sauce cause the island was out of toffee that week)
4 pinches of salt
1 cup chocolate sauce
Coconut flakes for presentation

*This recipe also calls for 1 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk but I got halfway through making one of these and was like ‘whoa, this is pretty sweet already’ so I nixed it

  • Preheat your George Foreman grill or a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  • Flip the bread over and spread caramel sauce on the other side
  • Arrange 4 slices of banana on top of the caramel on four of the slices of bread, then sprinkle with toffee and salt (this is the point you’d put the condensed milk on if you are hankering for a diabetic coma)
  • Cover each with the remaining 4 slices of bread, caramel sauce side down to make 4 sammiches
  • Put them on your grill and close the lid or in the case of the skillet, place another heavy skilllet on top of the sammiches to get the ‘press’ effect
  • Grill for about 2 minutes or until the bread is crisp and cinnamon caramelized (remember to flip of you’re using the skillet)
  • Transfer to cutting board and half, dust with coconut flakes

As the daughter of a career Army soldier, I just want to say thanks to all the servicemen and women who do their part to keep their nations safe πŸ™‚

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  1. This panini is definitely my style – looks so delicious and filled with caramelly flavour πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. oh yum i love everything in this sandwich YUM!

  3. This sounds so interesting but I know I'd love it. These flavors are right up my alley!

  4. Time to get out my panini maker – this looks mouthwateringly delish!

  5. Wow what a great panini, why didn't I think of that? So nice to visit family and get a glimpes of the fall weather. I always get colder than everyone else…give me heat and humidity I won't complain.
    Did you get some nice hearvest foods, apples, squash, and such?

  6. Oh wow… I must make this asap. Bananas and anything sweet is one of my favorite combos and this panini looks perfect!

  7. Have a wonderful time with your family! Your panini looks so yummy!

  8. Damn those paninis look good! And its great that you got to come home, snuggle with Frank and be overdressed for the weather πŸ˜‰

  9. Enjoy your time with your family in cool weather, you deserve it πŸ™‚
    This is something I would make with Nutella! Should put it on the Sunday breakfast to do list for my husband:)

  10. What a yummylicious panini!:)
    I am like you, when I go to cold climate countries, I tend to overbundle myself, LOL!:) I don't care what people think, I don't want to chill myself to death!
    What a change, you're feeling so cold over there and we are like surrounded by burning heat here in the day!:D (we get the rain in the evening)

  11. Oh my gosh! I have to make this. Perhaps right now! That just looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  12. That sounds like a perfect panini! I would also like to suggle with Frankie the dog – so adorable πŸ™‚
    Mary x

  13. Now I know what I should make for my kid tiffin tomorrow πŸ™‚

  14. wow…a dessert panini….n gr8 combo of flavors going in !

  15. Elvis and I agree this is da bomb! I mean. come on! A dessert panini? amazing.

  16. Banana and toffee! Holy yum!

  17. Welcome back to the States! Oh I can feel the weather difference, but I'm sure you miss the weather you grew up with. πŸ™‚ Have a great holiday! I'm going to make this panini this week with the kids. I didn't think about coconut flakes until now. Thank you for the idea! I'm too excited and I hope I can sleep. haha.

  18. Oh man! I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Who am I kidding. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! Definitely got this one bookmarked! Hope you enjoyed your visit home and didn't turn into a popsicle! : )

  19. I's been an honor to share the Top 9 spot with you today on Foodbuzz! Neat recipe, and Frankie is darling!
    My best,

  20. Heeeeelllllllooooo banana toffee panini! I want it.

    Lol and I can just imagine the temp adjustment from the Cayman Island to Arkansas, brr. Every time I go back to the Philippines I spend the first day laying around with a fan on me because it's so freaking hot.

  21. Yummmmmooooo Can I have one of those? They look so delish! I miss autumn so much toooooo! Enjoy it! And have fun with your family! Guess what? My husband studied in AR (Fayetteville) and lived for a while in Little Rock after graduating! hehehe

  22. Oh man, Arkansas looks so cold…brrr, I certainly don't miss that kind of weather. By contrast, that banana toffee panini looks so warm and inviting, just like Frankie!

  23. Enjoy the brisk air!! Yummy sandwich … and how cute is Frank!!!!

  24. Woah! That is a treat! All that yumminess in one panini? Yes, please!
    Have a wonderful time here!

  25. Wow, that panini looks so amazing! I'm all over bananas and toffee so this looks like a real treat that I'll have to attempt soon. Have a great trip!! And congrats on being in the Top 9 today!! πŸ™‚

  26. Have fun in the states!

  27. YUM!!! And I can see why this buzzed up to the Top 9! Congrats…and enjoy your family~

  28. This looks SOOOO delicious!! Congrats on Top 9 πŸ˜€

  29. Nice and simply, you bet I will able to make this delicious dessert.

  30. What a yummy looking panini! My kids would go ga-ga over this! Have fun! Sure hope I could experience some cold weather right now, we sure need it! Blazing hot right here!

  31. Glad to hear you are back here spending some time with family. That banana panini sounds really yummy especially in this chilly weather πŸ™‚

  32. what a delicious panini that must have been, the perfect snack or breakfast treat! Hope your adjusting to the cold, winter is definitely on its way!

  33. This plate of badly-needed sunshine was brought to you by Parsley Sage! I loved banana sandwiches when I was a kid and this is a lovely grown up version. Heating the panini grill as I type!

  34. What an awesome recipe, and so delicious looking…very well put together!!!

  35. I'm with you, on the “brisk” weather! It was quite “nippy” in San Francisco, as well. Glad you got to spend some time with your dad!
    Your panini is so incredible, and yummy…sure beats the chocolate craving, and still is a satisfying treat that I would love for a cozy cold afternoon, just hanging around inside, all bundled up…Yumm:DDD

  36. I guess I could justify eating seconds by stating that bananas are healthy. No? Ok I'll just eat more than my fair share because this looks so gooood!! Hope you're having a good time here and enjoy the shoppping!

  37. Is it a sandwich? Is it a dessert? It's WOW! Looks decadently delicious. Have a good time visiting. Great time to get the shopping done.

  38. Cool, that's like breakfast panini! I thought all panini was the kind with tomato and green stuff on a toasted cracker they give you in Italian restaurants while you look at the menu!
    Enjoy Arkansas! (I lived in Missouri from 2nd grade to 11th grade)

  39. Elvis wouldhave Loved this panini. Enjoy your visit and your shopping. We are freezing here too.

  40. OMG – That looks absolutely amazing! I love it! Have a GREAT time in Arkansas although I don't understand you enjoying the cold….I'm in Florida and complaining about the weather already!

  41. Wow that's quite the sandwich you crazy nut πŸ˜‰ Welcome to the U.S and have an awesome time with your family, btw Frankie looks like he totally runs the show!
    Take care

  42. Holy mother of deliciousness… you should rename this Euphoria Sandwich.

  43. Enjoy your time with the family and have fun Christmas shopping!
    The panini sounds out of this world delicious!

  44. Now that's a dessert worth heading to Arkansas to eat (even if you didn't do that). I'm glad you get to spend a little time here and experience some good, chilly weather! Thanks for passing this yummy recipe along too.

  45. I know exactly where Cabot is! I grew up in Arkansas but in the northeast corner. Great way to celebrate with a nice visit!

  46. Wow, seriously? I mean, wow, wow, wow! Have fun in the “chilly” US.

  47. Caramel sauce on bananas…ummm um. And a nice kudos to service members πŸ™‚

    And no tofu in the Cayman's??! I was shocked to hear that & it made me laugh too!

  48. You're in the US! Welcome to the cold! You should come to'd get your share for sure. πŸ™‚ I made a sandwich VERY similar to this one a few weeks ago. Fabulous! I love those ingredients together. Enjoy the rest of your trip!!

  49. I hope you'll have a great time in the USA. And sorry for being MIA for quite some time now. But I'm back…for now. Will try to catch up with your posts this weekend.

    In the meantime your panini looks pretty great. I think I would love it with a scoop of ice cream!

    Have a great weekend!

  50. Awesome panini! Gotta love being able to get dessert on a sandwich hehe.

    Have a great weekend! And also… BUZZED!

  51. Sounds like fun shopping and visiting with your family! I am sure the chilly weather is appreciated more by you than your family!
    Great tropical treat you have here! A tasty reminder telling us that a Panini does not have to always be savory-this looks awesome. Have a great weekend!

  52. It's funny: I could feel the heat of the Cayman sun in that lovely photo of the panini, packed with flavour and energy. Enjoy your family time together and stay warm!

  53. Oh, man. That looks so good. If you like it cold, come to Cleveland where it's snowing and cook for me!!

  54. Nice panini. “the island was out of toffee that week”:)

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