April 15, 2010

:: bananaramalamadingdong - part deux ::

at the beginning of march i had the idea for a banana pudding inspired dessert. i promised to give it a try and post an update. here's how to make this treat, based on what i did, what worked, and what i would do differently next time. i wouldn't consider this a success (yet) but it definitely has promise. i can't really give you measurements, because i don't really measure. just make as many or as few ice cream sandwiches as you like and play the meringue quantity by ear.

i used two flavors of ice cream -french vanilla & mayfield banana pudding.
  • soften ice cream.
  • slice a banana (1/4-1/8 inch) and saute with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. let cool. reserve the butter/sugar/cinnamon liquid and some banana slices for a topping.
  • using a measuring teaspoon (or melon baller), sandwich one small scoop of banana pudding ice cream between 2 vanilla wafers and banana slices (1 or 2 slices per sandwich).
  • place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • place baking sheet in freezer to refreeze. [you could just stop here and enjoy some very easy & tasty ice cream sandwiches - or continue to the meringue/baked alaska portion of the program.]
  • click here for very helpful information about making egg white meringue. read this before starting the process.
  • in a stainless steel or glass bowl (don't use plastic), beat room temperature eggs whites to stiff peaks.
  • remove firm ice cream sandwiches from freezer & cover completely with meringue, making sure the meringue meets the parchment paper lining to create a seal during the baking process.
  • return to freezer (for at least 2 hours). ice cream needs to be well frozen.
  • when you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 425.*
  • bake until meringue gets brown tips (approximately 3-7 minutes).
* i preheated to 450 and to 425 - my results were not good (because of a limp batch of meringue from adding sugar early and not using cream of tartar). you might want to start out with just a few sandwiches and see what temperature and cooking time works best.

drizzle butter/sugar/cinnamon liquid & some banana slices over the top. caramel sauce would be really good with this, too.

i don't have a picture of the finished product because mine fell completely flat (due to the reasons i mentioned above). my brother & sister (guinea pigs) said it tasted like pancakes. that's pretty much what they looked like, too. the taste was good, execution needs improvement.

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