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Electrolux #split: Bananas Foster Split

July 16, 2010

When Foodbuzz sent out an e-mail announcing a Top 9 takeover challenge centered around banana splits, I knew I wanted to participate!

But, it’s not just about banana splits—this is about raising money and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Foodbuzz has partnered with Electrolux and Kelly Ripa to raise money for the fund– you can check out the details here:  As part of their effort to raise money, Foodbuzz is donating $50 to the cause for every banana split challenge post!

Challenge extended…challenge accepted.

But—before we get to dessert, let’s rewind to dinner.  Because it was, in all honesty, pretty dang good.

It was a cold, gray day here in Nantucket…perfect weather for soup!

Ryan and I were in charge of dinner for tonight, so we decided to whip up a batch of easy, delicious carrot soup.  I love carrot soups because they’re VERY easy to make, and you can really lend different flavors to the soup each time you make it.

For tonight’s soup, we opted for ginger and coconut flavors. 

In a soup pot went: 1 onion, 2 pounds of chopped carrots, 2 tbsp. minced ginger, 4 cups veggie broth, and 1 can of coconut milk, plus salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Out came:

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…a delicious, creamy soup!

We also had a salad that kind of fell under the “just crazy enough to work” category.  It was simple, strange, and downright delicious!

Our salad had watermelon chunks (about 4 cups), 1/3 cup chunked feta, 2 tbsp. minced mint, and balsamic syrup (about 1 tbsp.).  For the balsamic syrup, I simply poured some balsamic vinegar into a pot and boiled it down over low heat until a sweet syrup remained: 

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It took about 15 minutes for it to boil all the way down to a syrup, and once it did, all traced of bitterness were gone!

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Seriously, I know this salad sounds like a weird combination, but it was awesome!

All in all, it was a great meal!

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After our soup and salad, it was time for…

The banana split challenge!!!

I knew that I wanted to do something original for this challenge…I started thinking about my favorite banana dishes, and, as a Louisiana girl, it really comes down to just one: Bananas Foster.

You can find bananas foster on many a menu across the country nowadays, but did you know that it originated in New Orleans at the famous Brennan’s restaurant?  It’s true!

Well, obviously after consuming copious amounts of wine with dinner, cooking with fire for dessert was a great idea.

To start, we split four bananas.  Then, in a saucepan, we mixed about 1/3 cup brown sugar with 3-4 tablespoons of butter, and heated it over medium heat until it all began to melt together:

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Once the butter and sugar melted and combined, we set the bananas into the sauce:

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…spooning the sauce over the bananas and allowing it all to cook for about five more minutes.

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Meanwhile, while the bananas were cooking, in a small pan, we heated about 1/3 cup of Captain Morgan’s spiced rum (you could use any rum here).

A sip for the pan:

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…a sip for the cook:

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And then…it was time to play with fire.

We added the rum to the bananas and sugar sauce, and then (verrrrrry carefully) lit the alcohol with a lighter, and…

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Any dessert that doubles as a fire hazard is twice the fun in my book.

For the “splits,” we simply arranged two halves of the bananas in a bowl, along with two scoops of Hagen Daz and a generous spoonful of the rum sauce.

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Now THAT is a banana split! Yum! The only thing that makes it sweeter is the fact that it’s all in the name of a great cause.

Hope you’re having a great night! See you tomorrow…I think we’re actually supposed to see some sun?!  I hope so!


34 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 12:00 pm

    oh my gosh, i want to eat that immediately! and i’ll agree…it goes to support an amazing cause. so awesome that you participated!

  2. July 16, 2010 12:25 pm

    OMG yours looks SO GOOD!!!

  3. July 16, 2010 12:28 pm

    That looks awesome!!!

  4. July 16, 2010 12:28 pm

    wow that looks like you ordered the dessert at a fine dining restaurant – KUDOS to your creation

  5. Emo permalink
    July 16, 2010 12:37 pm

    Brava to you on flames in the kitchen and flames in the kitchen for a great cause! Our newspaper ran an article about a watermelon and feta salad today! Yours looks like a great summer dish.

  6. July 16, 2010 12:40 pm

    Ah that soup looks perfect. Love how you paired it with a summer fruit salad to make it not feel like a fall/winter meal. Perfecto! You can’t go wrong with bananas foster splits.

  7. July 16, 2010 12:49 pm

    HOLY YUM….send me some please!!!!!

  8. July 16, 2010 12:59 pm

    So far, your bananas foster is the best looking #split!

  9. July 16, 2010 1:20 pm

    That banana split looks great. I think I might burn my eyebrows off if I tried to make it though. I am what one may refer to as clumsy. If one were being polite!

    • July 16, 2010 1:22 pm

      Ha– yes! We almost lost all of our hair. But it tasted so good, I don’t think it would have even mattered 🙂

  10. July 16, 2010 1:34 pm

    Fancy!!!!!!!! That is one good lookin banana split!! 🙂

  11. July 16, 2010 1:41 pm

    Wow. Normally I don’t like banana splits because of the fruit, but yours I would most definitely eat(and eat and eat and eat)

  12. greensandjeans permalink
    July 16, 2010 1:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks incredible! I’m pretty certain I would burn something that wasn’t supposed to be on fire in the process, but it sure looks worth it…

  13. July 16, 2010 1:57 pm

    Yours looks amazing! Banana flambe is one of my FAVORITE desserts. (And I love the rum shot!)

  14. July 16, 2010 2:54 pm

    Wow that is an amazing looking banana split!

  15. thehungryscholar permalink
    July 16, 2010 2:58 pm

    Your banana foster split makes me miss New Orleans. I need to make this for my mother. Thanks for recipe.

  16. patti permalink
    July 16, 2010 3:09 pm

    I hope you will make the banana foster split and the watermelon salad while we are visiting you 🙂

  17. July 16, 2010 3:36 pm

    Best banana split I’ve ever seen!!!! What a great cause too!

    The salad combo definitely works for me! I must try to make a balsamic sauce!

  18. Kristi permalink
    July 16, 2010 4:06 pm


  19. Kristi permalink
    July 16, 2010 4:08 pm

    I should say that I’ve had the bananas flambe before, but it looks much more flamboyant in your photos. But, then, our chef also played the guitar, so it probably came out even!

  20. July 16, 2010 4:33 pm

    You’re brave. I’d be too scared to make flames in my kitchen. Looks like it was worth it!

  21. July 16, 2010 5:14 pm

    EVERYTHING looks delicious! I’m starving now!

  22. July 16, 2010 7:13 pm

    MMMmmmm, you are making me miss bananas foster!


  23. July 16, 2010 8:32 pm

    Yeah, balsamic reduction pretty much rocks! The banana split doesn’t look too bad either ; )

  24. July 16, 2010 8:46 pm

    Wowza, your version looks so impressive…fire + food = massive amounts of fun.

  25. July 16, 2010 8:46 pm

    nice lil tribute to sissy. She’s equally as pretty as you are. And the splits not so bad either.

  26. July 16, 2010 8:47 pm

    ahahahah, i just read that the person above me said the same thing! funny.

  27. highonhealthy permalink
    July 16, 2010 9:18 pm

    That banana split thing looks really good! I’ve never heard of Banana Fosters but I’m sure they taste absolutely amazing.

  28. July 16, 2010 9:30 pm

    The balsamic with watermelon looks like an awesome mix! and so does your banana split! Yum!

  29. July 16, 2010 9:55 pm

    I am glad you took one for the team on the banana split challenge! I mean someone had to, right! That looks so good!!!

    Your comment on my blog…I am watching little miss sunshine right now! I love that movie. The Princess Bride is a great suggestion. I love that one too!

  30. July 17, 2010 5:02 am

    oh my GOOODNESSS! that bananas foster looks DELISH girl! thats one of my fav desserts!! jealous!

  31. July 17, 2010 5:39 am

    omg I have totally made vegan bananas foster! I LOVE liquor + desserts = perfetion!

    creme de menthe bars
    rum cake balls
    bananas foster
    just a few of the liquor desserts I love 🙂


  32. July 17, 2010 9:58 pm

    That looks so good and your so brave for attempting it.

  33. actorsdiet permalink
    July 18, 2010 5:05 am

    holy bananas flambe! i’ve always wanted to do that but i don’t have the balls.

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