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Homemade Banana Ice Cream Brownie Sunday

Homemade Banana Ice Cream Brownie Sunday

Homemade Banana Ice Cream Brownie Sunday

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 2

Homemade Banana Ice Cream Brownie Sunday

Homemade Banana Ice Cream Brownie Sunday - What's better then bananas, brownies and ice cream?

Ingredients

  • 1 box of brownie mix, baked
  • 2 chopped frozen bananas
  • ½ raw banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of popcorn, cooked
  • 4 tablespoons of chocolate “magic shell” ice cream topping
  • 4 tablespoons of carmel “magic shell” ice cream topping
  • pinch of sea salt (flakes optional)
  • mint sprig for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preliminary work: bake brownie according to instructions and cook popcorn according to instructions. Let brownie completely cool before manipulating or plating.
  2. On a wax paper lined baking sheet, spread out popcorn and drizzle with caramel and chocolate “magic shell” sauce. Place popcorn in refrigerator to cool and harden approximately 20 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, blend frozen bananas until they reach a smooth ice cream consistency.
  4. With a pastry cutter (or round shaped object), cut out four rounds in the brownie. Gently shake the cutter to help release the brownie round before lifting out of the baking pan.
  5. To plate, place the first brownie round in the center of plate. Fan out a layer of sliced banana on the brownie round, then top that layer with a second brownie round. The banana slices should be sandwiched between the two brownies making a small tower.
  6. Place a scoop of banana ice cream on top of brownie tower. Take a hefty scoop of popcorn and place it on top of the ice cream. Let the popcorn fall around the tower. Drizzle the remaining chocolate and caramel “magic shell” sauce around the plate. Finally, sprinkle with sea salt flakes on top and add a sprig of mint for garnish.
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Summer Ready DIY Refreshments Bar

Summer Ready DIY Refreshments Bar

This DIY Refreshments party shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #CelebrateIceCold #CollectiveBias

I must admit I’m the quirky friend who creates annual SUMMER TO-DO LISTS. Yep I’m that girl. I just have to make sure I am optimizing my all time favorite season of the year. Unfortunately this year I am a little behind the ball. I am quite disappointed in the fact that I have yet to check a few important activities like relax pool-side in a teeny weeny bikini, attend the state fair/ festival or make spiked popsicles.

However, I can say that I’ve grown quite proficient in creating the ultimate refreshments table. It’s so hot in Dallas that a cool down beverage is a must where ever you go. Since this is also my peak entertaining season no gathering is complete without:

  • Amazing refreshments
  • Interactive activities
  • Ice cream galore – with all the fixins
  • And a parting gift

Mastering the art of Summer entertaining is so crucial that  I’ve prepared a step-by-step tutorial with my buddies at Family Dollar so that you too can achieve the Ultimate Interactive Refreshments bar. Why should you check out the tutorial? Because it also includes this amazing Turtle Ice Cream Float recipe and wait for it …

a tutorial on DIY Personal KOOZIES!!!!!

You can find the recipe and tutorial here on the Family Dollar site and while there make sure to check out all their amazing Summer promotions.

Grilled Peaches with Salted Caramel and Toffee Crumble

Grilled Peaches with Salted Caramel and Toffee Crumble

Grilled succulent peaches with juiciness oozing from their pores. Topped crunchy toffee candy crumble and drizzled with only the best sauce in the world, salted caramel. I AM SOOOOOO HERE FOR THIS!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [How I feel right now]

You all are going to have to excuse my over zealous use of exclamation marks during this post but I am super juiced that summer is officially here. This is my season. I grew up in San Diego where it is pretty much summer year round so this is the weather that I know and love. Bring on the sun; bring on the heat!

And of course, with the heat the grill comes out. I love a good reason to spark up the grill. There is nothing better than a smoky char on a vegetable or a nice slab of meat. And when it comes to grilling, I am an equal opportunity employer. I even share the grill love on my fruits, hence the subject matter of this post, my GRILLED PEACHES.

And you already know, these are not yo grandmama’s peaches. But I can assure you these are ME-MA approved. These fully decked out sweet treats are reminiscent of her good ole peach cobbler but way, way easier and way, way faster. Yep that’s my kind of dessert!!!!

Now most would just stop after grilling the peaches because the peaches alone are enough. But yall know I’m greedy so that just wouldn’t work for me. In true Me-Ma fashion I pulled a handful of Werther’s originals hard candies (you know grandma keeps a good hard candy in her purse at all times) and used them to make a crunchy crumble topping.

The ultimate woo-sah comes in with this homemade salted caramel. In all transparency I had to make this sauce a couple of times because timing and temperature are crucial in achieving the right consistency. I also tried using regular milk the first time since my heavy cream was expired but that was a NO NO. The fat weight of regular milk alone just isn’t enough to achieve the consistency needed for a caramel. Instead, I just ended up with sugary milk. But once I got it right … oooh it was sooo right.

Finally you can’t do a peach dessert without having an option for vanilla ice cream. It would just be wrong. Plus, the addition of creamy ice-cold vanilla ice cream against the charred warm peaches is just divine. This is a dessert that should be made over and over again this summer. And if you did, no one would judge you … not even Me-Ma!

Grilled Peaches with Salted Caramel and Toffee Crumble

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Grilled Peaches with Salted Caramel and Toffee Crumble

Grilled Peaches with Salted Caramel and Toffee Crumble - Succulent and juicy peaches charred to perfection over the grill and topped with caramel and toffee goodness.

Ingredients

  • GRILLED PEACHES
  • 4 peaches (cut in halves)
  • vanilla ice-cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • SALTED CARAMEL
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • TOFFEE CRUMBLE
  • 8 werther’s originals hard candies (grounded)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. TOFFEE CRUMBLE
  2. In a food processor intermittedly pulse the werther’s originals until they reach a fine gravel-like texture.
  3. Into a medium bowl add in the ground werther’s, flour, sugar and salt and whisk together. Cut the butter into a few large pieces and toss these in the dry ingredients. With your hands, work butter into the mixture until large, moist clumps form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. SALTED CARAMEL
  5. In a saucepan on medium high heat, add in sugar and whisk. The sugar will begin to form clumps and then turn golden and melt. Keep a close eye on the sugar as it can easily burn.
  6. Once the sugar is completely melted and temperature reaches 350 degrees F immediately add in the butter. The butter will cause the sugar to bubble up but don’t be alarmed. Continue to which in the butter until it is completely melted into the sugar.
  7. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream. This will cause the mixture to bubble up again. Resume with a slow whisk until you achieve a smooth caramel. Allow the sauce to continue to simmer for 30 seconds - 1 minute then remove from the heat and stir in ½ teaspoon of sea salt flakes.
  8. GRILLED PEACHES
  9. Heat grill to high. Brush peaches with butter and place flesh down into the grill. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the peaches are soft to the touch.
  10. ASSEMBLY
  11. Place a peach half, face up and top with vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle on the toffee crumble and drizzle with the salted caramel.
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