Beat the heat with a banana split

Published: April 4, 2012

This recipe is a scrumptious adaptation of the all time favorite banana split ice cream. PHOTO: SABA CALLEA

When  you Google ‘easy dessert recipes,’ more than seven million tempting results come up to make you drool all over your key board. But scroll down to the ingredients, and a wave of disappointment takes away all that joy as most of the ingredients are not available in Pakistan.

Facing a similar situation, I came across this recipe. It required a ‘ready to cook’ pie crust and yoghurt filling. Sadly, these ingredients were not available here in Karachi, so I decided to make my own.

This recipe is a scrumptious adaptation of the all time favourite banana split ice cream. It is a perfect dessert for dinner and lunch parties. It requires easily available ingredients and very little time and effort.

Another attractive point about this recipe is that you can prepare it a few hours ahead of serving, and also, the process of preparation has been broken down into small and easy tasks. While it looks and sounds very fancy, at the core it is very simple but delicious. The softness of the filling and the fruit give a comforting feeling which complements the crunchy crust and chocolate chips. Give yourself and your guests a unique and mysterious flavour combination - one which they will never forget.

Crust:

1 cup flour

1/3 cup butter or shortening

1 tbs powdered sugar

2 tbs water

A pinch of salt

Filling:

1 ¼ cup fresh yoghurt

½ packet of cream

3 tbs icing sugar

Zest of one orange

Topping:

2 cups fresh strawberries (cut into slices)

3 bananas (cut into slices)

½ cup chocolate chips

Chocolate syrup for drizzling

Hand full of nuts 

Method:

  • Heat the oven at 300 degrees before you start with the preparations, and also place a mixing bowl along with a whisk in the freezer. This will be needed while making the filling.
  • For the crust, sift the flour along with salt and sugar. Add the butter, and using your finger tips, blend it in to the mixture. The heat from your fingers will melt the butter, and the mixture will start resembling bread crumbs. At this point, add water. The mixture will still be crumbly.
  • Press the mixture in to a baking dish and bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes, or until the surface has browned slightly.
  • As the crust bakes, move on to the filling. In a medium bowl beat the yoghurt with sugar and orange zest just until it is smooth. Now take out the chilled mixing bowl from the freezer. Use this and beat the cream until soft peaks form (use an electric beater, it’s quite a tedious process).
  • Fold the cream with the yoghurt mixture and let it cool.
  • When the crust comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with half of the chocolate chips so that the chips stick to the base. Allow it to cool till it reaches room temperature. Now pour your chilled yoghurt and cream filling on to the crust.
  • Top the filling with bananas, strawberries, more chocolate chips, and nuts. Create a chunky look to make it look like a banana split. Finally drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  • Serve chilled.
Enjoy and beat the heat!
Saba.Callea

Saba Callea

A foodie who is pursuing a Business degree from London School of Economics as an international student.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fzzz

    that pic doesn’t look goodRecommend

  • THE

    Really nice! Loved it. I will surely try it. Recommend

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Pugnate Noman Ansari

    Looks yummy, but probably not a good way to ‘beat the heat’. Easier to cool off by drinking something ice cold, and not taking in so many calories that make you feel fatter.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Anything sweet, soft or hard, mushy, nutty, fruity, chocolaty, creamy is my thing —- by the way, I’m talking of deserts.Recommend

  • http://Mumbai Blunt!

    Wanna Beat the HEAT? – Calls for a Chilled BEER! :DRecommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    AND gain a lot of fat?Recommend

  • Dee Cee

    Wouldn’t it have been better if “split” were spelled and pronounced “spleat”? The awesome title would be: Beat the Heat with Banana Spleat!Recommend

  • hassan

    @parvez fail attempt to try get ‘likes’ for your double-meaning commentRecommend

  • kamal

    Wow, so many calories could do wonders for Pakistan’s teeming emaciated, under-nourished masses!Recommend

  • mirealistic

    I am not sure about the quality of your recipe but I am really impressed by your writing skills. I have seen a few bloggers who have the right flow and appropriate use of vocabulary. Really enjoyed and looking forward for your next blog……..Recommend

  • Sadat

    Can’t afford bread? Eat cake.Recommend

  • http://www.pakistan-explorer.com Naveed

    @parvez……..”fruity” is the odd man out. Recommend

  • Tanvir

    Looks delicious! Very well writtenRecommend

  • tania

    the recipe looks fantastic!! will definitely try it! good going!Recommend

  • Lamss

    Thanks for such a lovely recipe! Recommend

  • Nats

    Its so yummm, tried it twice….when is the next one?Recommend

  • Abdullah

    a very good dish for summers!!! good one!!Recommend

  • S.Batool

    AMAZZING, WELLDONE.Recommend