Electrolux #splits: A cupful for a cause

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Here comes the weekend! How about some ice-cream? To be perfectly honest, ice-cream doesn’t excite me all that much. Different story for the rest of the family though, they’re the ones who eat ice-cream in winter - which it currently is…brrrrrr.

But, I’ll serve up a sundae for a good cause ☺.



Don’t be surprised if you suddenly see plenty of banana splits popping up all over blogland. Foodbuzz is organizing a Top 9 Takeover, and on Monday, all Top 9 featured posts will be about the same theme: (yup, you guessed it) banana splits.

Why?

To help raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research, and the Ovarian Cancer Research fund.

You can join in and help too, by following this link to the Kelly Confidential website.

So, here’s my attempt at an unconventional banana split.



Since I was short on time, I used store bought ice-cream, but I did make one component of my banana split from scratch.

The bananas.

Yes, yes, I know, a banana split is supposed to be made up of a split banana, but I’ve always found the combination of raw banana and ice-cream a bit boring. So I made a sort of caramelized banana thingy to go with the scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice- cream.

It’s pretty simple to make the caramelized banana. First slice a banana into rounds, drizzle with lemon juice if you don’t like it going brown. Heat about a tablespoon of butter in a small nonstick frying pan, add the bananas and cook carefully on one side, then gently turn them all over and cook on the other side. Once they start to soften and look cooked, sprinkle with some brown sugar (adjust to taste) and shake the pan lightly to get the sugar, banana juices and butter to mingle. You should end up with soft golden-brown banana pieces in a sticky sauce. Leave to cool before using with ice-cream.



Then I added some coconut chips, melted chocolate, whipped cream and a cherry on top to create my version the famous split. And you know what I reckon would go well with this? Maybe a teeny splash of rum. It is the weekend after all. Have a good one.




Foodbuzz will donate $50 (up to $5,000) for every Banana Splits post by a Featured Publisher, posted by Friday 16th.

15 comments:

Barbara said...

Super idea, Shaz. And I think your caramelized bananas look delicious. After all, that's part of a very famous dessert in New Orleans!

chocolatesuze said...

mmm rum. rum makes everything right with the world :D

Hungry Dog said...

Are you serious about not being excited by ice cream? Oh, shaz.

Anh said...

So yummy! I love!

And the background is so pretty! (Just saying ;)

shaz said...

Barbara - that sounds right up my street. I adore sticky caramelised bananas.

chocolatesuze - yesh! hic.

Hungry Dog - I know, I'm sorry (hangs head). I've tried and tried. Admittedly, I do get a teeny bit excited at the homemade variety. Funny thing is, I love sorbets, granitas and icy slushie things. Go figure :)

Anh - thank you fellow polka dot fancier :)

Yasmeen said...

Yum Yum :D

Cheah said...

Your caramelized banana looks yummy and your creation is pretty too!

grace said...

you've definitely improved upon the classic bananner split. well done, shaz, and for a very worthy cause!

momgateway said...

Cute as can be....

Vanille said...

I absolutely LOVE ice cream, but in winter it's an other story... Your revisited banana split looks very tempting and for a good cause !

shaz said...

Thank you everyone :)

Seattle Pastry Girl said...

Sweet and I love the rum addition! Nice job.

pierre said...

hi shaz there is always some little room in my stomach for a nice sundae !!
have a good day !! Pierre

Lisa Michelle said...

Ohh..you did the Foodbuzz banana split for breast cancer awareness. I wanted to take part so bad, but simply don't have the time :( Your sundae looks delectable, luscious and mouth watering!

shaz said...

Thanks again folks.

Lisa- it was quite short notice I thought. Ah well, I'm sure there'll be other opportunities :)