Banana splits

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Banana splits

Banana splits are simple to make and one of the most fun and delicious desserts ever created! This version has vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, whipped cream, melted chocolate and an irresistible salted caramel peanut sauce.

Ingredients

For the salted caramel peanut sauce

For the whipped cream

For the chocolate drizzle

  • 25g/1oz milk cooking chocolate, broken into pieces

For the banana split

  • 2 bananas, peeled and split lengthways
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 6 strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 tsp bright-coloured sprinkles, such as hundreds and thousands
  • 6 fresh cherries, stones removed if preferred

Method

  1. To make the sauce, melt the caramel sauce and peanut butter in a small saucepan over a low heat until it becomes runny. Keep warm.

  2. To make the cream, lightly whip the cream and icing sugar in a bowl until just stiff. Set aside in the fridge.

  3. To make the drizzle, melt the chocolate in a small glass heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (known as a bain-marie or double-boiler). Allow the chocolate to melt gently in the bowl, stirring it often and making sure that the bowl isn't touching the water below.

  4. To assemble the banana split, lay the banana halves in pairs in two long shallow dishes or on two plates. Nestle three scoops of ice cream down each split banana. Spoon or pipe three mounds of whipped cream in between the ice cream scoops. Scatter over the strawberries. Drizzle over the melted chocolate and salted caramel peanut sauce. Scatter over the sprinkles, top with the cherries and serve immediately.

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