As a kid, the idea of banana splits always made me giggle and well, it still does.
I wanted to change a few things to this classic dessert. First, the bananas. I used firm (slightly green Dole Bananas) and decided that I would cover them in honey and deconstruct a waffle cone by crumbling it up and covering it all over the honeyed bananas and then frying it. That was a success. Second, I made homemade caramel sauce (for the first time, I might add). And then I decided to keep the portion family-size and use a large platter. I just love the idea of a group of friends and family passing around spoons and diving into this dessert.
Sharing desserts is my favorite!
Fried Banana Split
- Firm Bananas
- Waffle cones
- 1/2 stick of butter
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Your favorite ice cream
- toppings such as chocolate chips, strawberries, cherries, almonds
Create crumbled waffles cone mixture with a food processor and add a pinch of cinnamon. Slice bananas lengthwise, cover in honey, gently roll bananas in crumble mixture. In a sauce pan, melt butter on medium high heat, place bananas in pan fry until golden brown, remove from heat and drain on paper towel. When bananas have cooled to warm temperature, plate on to a large family size platter. Place big scoops of ice cream on top, caramel sauce and toppings. Serve immediately. Yum!
Homemade Caramel Sauce
- 1 1/2 cup of raw sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- a splash of vanilla extract
- pinch of coarse sea salt
In a medium sauce pan cook sugar and water on low heat for 5-8 minutes, do not stir, gently swirl the sugar and water together until dissolved. Increase, the heat to medium, it will begin to boil, so be cautious of splatter. When it begins to turn a light brown to medium brown. Remove from heat. Add, cream, vanilla and salt. Gently, swirl all together. It will bubble and boil, swirl until it has settled and then allow it cool down. It will take 4-5 hours to set. Store in a sealed tight jar such as a mason jar.