Gourmet Banana Split Recipe

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The Banana Split is a classic All American dessert, but you don’t always have to make it in a standard way. Try adding your own additional toppings, such as fresh chopped fruit or nuts to make it unique.

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons sugar
  2. 1 cup sliced almonds
  3. Salt
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  6. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  7. 1 cup heavy cream
  8. 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  9. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  10. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  11. 2 pints each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream
  12. 8 small bananas, split
  13. Whipped cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium skillet, combine 1 tablespoon of the sugar with 1 tablespoon of water and cook just until the sugar is dissolved. Add the almonds and toss to coat. Spread the almonds on the prepared sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until tacky and just beginning to brown. Sprinkle with salt, stir and bake for about 10 minutes longer, stirring once or twice, until golden. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the cocoa powder, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Add the corn syrup and the cream and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil over high heat for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate chips and butter until melted. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Scoop vanilla and chocolate ice cream into banana boats and lay the halved bananas alongside. Top with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and candied almonds and serve right away.
The fudge sauce and candied almonds can be up to 1 week in advance to save you time later. Just rewarm the sauce before serving. Enjoy!

Bananas Foster

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons rum (dark rum is best)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 pint vanilla bean (vanilla is okay too) ice cream

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the sugar, rum, vanilla and cinnamon. When the mixture begins to bubble, place the bananas and walnuts in pan and cook until bananas are hot, about 1 to 2 minutes. Serve at once over vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

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