Every year around this time, my blog becomes less about sweets and more about savory – dinners, salads, things like that. I think the weather is to blame. The warmer weather means that I no longer crave cupcakes and cookies and other comforting goodies. Every once in awhile, I do try to make something special for the kids (really, the husband) so they don’t revolt.
I asked my husband what kind of ice cream he’d like me to make and he, of course, wanted strawberry even though we already have strawberry ice cream in the freezer! Men. He finally decided on banana split and I have always loved Blue Bell’s version so I was pretty excited.
The beginning of this recipe is a little weird Â – it starts with water – but it really turned out well. The base has marshmallows melted into it which I don’t think is traditional in a banana split but hey, who am I to say no to marshmallow ice cream? It also has crushed pineapple, banana, and maraschino cherries. And you top it all off with chocolate syrup and sprinkles.
This recipe does make a ton and I ended up having to freeze it in 2 batches but no one complained about the large amount of ice cream when it was done. You can always cut the recipe in half if you want. But why would you?!
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 can 8 ounces crushed pineapple, undrained
- 2 medium ripe bananas finely chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries drained and patted dry
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream whipped
- Chocolate syrup and sprinkles for serving
Bring the sugar, water, and milk to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Reduce heat; cook until sugar is dissolved. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from the heat; cool for 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Stir in the pineapple, bananas and cherries. Fold in whipped cream. Fill bowl of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Allow firm up in the freezer for 2-4 hours before serving. Serve with chocolate syrup and sprinkles, if desired.