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Banana Splits [Tutorial]

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There are few things on a hot day like a mountain of beautiful ice cream.  I mean, mountains of ice cream are almost always good… But beautiful ice cream… Well that’s another story all together.  🙂

I planned to make this tutorial for the beginning of July because I thought “For sure it will be hot, and ice cream will be a welcome treat.”  So, I posted it in the side column of my blog, and the date was set.  And then…

There was thunder.  And lightning.  And rain.  And whipping wind!

Buuut…. That wasn’t gonna stop me from making these.  So here we are!

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 Looks pretty good, yes?  Wanna learn how to make it?!

I knew it.  You do.

Here’s how!

To start off, you’re gonna need some food stuffs.  And as you probably already know, you can put whatever you want on these… Anything YOU like should be just right.  But this is what I used, in case you’re curious.  😉

Banana Splits

You will need:
Bananas
2 different kinds of ice cream
Melted dark chocolate
Sprinkles
Italian wafer cookies
Homemade strawberry sauce (recipe below)
Caramel sauce
Chopped almonds
Spray whipped cream (I used Cool Whip in a can)
Fresh cherries

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To start off, I’ll tell you how I made that fan of chocolate and wafer cookie.  If this is a little more bother than you want to think about, then don’t worry about it– you can just stuff a wafer cookie into your banana split, and it will look fabulous.  🙂

In case you’re curious, however, this is what to do…

Start by melting your chocolate; I’m using a squeeze bottle for this, but you can also use a piping bag, or, if you want, just drizzle it off the tip of a spoon.

Next, get a cookie.  Aren’t they pretty??

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Now on a piece of wax paper, pipe a little disk of chocolate, and then set the cookie over top, so that the edge of the cookie meets one edge of the disk.  It should squeeze out the side a little from underneath.

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Next, drizzle chocolate in a circular motion over part of the cookie and off onto the wax paper.  You want to make a circle of chocolate that’s a little smaller, or about the same size, as the cookie.  Then, drizzle from the center of the chocolate circle outward, all the way around, until you’ve got a sort of “Chocolate star” goin’ on.  Then sprinkle it with sprinkles, like crazy.

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Allow this to set, either at room temperature or in the fridge/freezer for a few minutes.  Set it aside.

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Now, strawberry sauce.  You can buy this, or make your own.  I like homemade better, so this is what I did!

Naomi’s Homemade Strawberry Sauce
2 c. strawberries, washed
1/4 c. water
6 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. corn starch

Place the berries, water, and sugar in a saucepan and cook until boiling and the berries are soft.  Stir in the lemon juice.  In a separate bowl, mix the corn starch with a bit of water to make a paste; add this to the boiling fruit mixture, stirring as you pour it in.  Cook 1 more minute, until thick.  Remove from heat, cool, and refrigerate.  Serve cold over ice cream.

Note:  When you’re finished cooking the sauce, pour it slowly into a glass bowl and cover it by setting a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the sauce.  This will keep a “Skin” from forming on the top as it cools; this can also be done with homemade pudding.

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Now back to the ice cream.  Assemble all of your ready-to-go trimmings around you.

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Next, choose your serving dish.  I picked a pretty glass bowl.  (I don’t own any long, curvy banana shaped bowls… I dunno, I just… Don’t have any.  Weird.  So instead, I just chose what was convenient.)

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Then, using a sharp knife, cut your banana in half lengthways.  Then peel the halves, and set them into your bowl!  Since my bowl is so, um, not banana shaped, I cut mine in half again before I put it into the bowl.

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Then scoop your ice cream!  I did 2 scoops of each kind.  For this tutorial, I am using just a regular vanilla, and… Heavenly Hash!  My favorite.  🙂

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After you have your ice cream and bananas in there, add some strawberry!  Or lots!  Then sprinkle a few almonds, and add some whipped cream.  Then drizzle some caramel sauce on top of that, and set your cookie fan into the middle of that.  Next, add a few more nuts, some melted chocolate, and then one more small dollop of whipped cream and a cherry.

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Ta da!

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It looks like a turkey.

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…A CHOCOLATE TURKEY! 😀

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The end!  Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back next week!

–Naomi

P.S.  Once again, don’t forget to enter My Contest!  It’s super easy, and you could win some really good chocolate.   Just mentioning.  🙂

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