Deconstructed Banana Split

How to update your banana split, Kiku Corner

Early this summer, Donatello told me he was in the mood for a banana split. We went for a classic one at Dutch Dreams and devoured it on the spot. Then one day he picked me up from class and suggested another round. Except he didn’t want the chocolate ice cream, and I didn’t really want the strawberry.

Then we had an inspiration! We stopped in our favourite grocer in Chinatown and picked up mango and green tea, my two all time favourite ice cream flavours.  We also found some plump cherries, juicy uchuvas, crispy cookies, and ripe bananas.

An uchuva is the Colombian name for a little orange berry that has many names in English including cape gooseberry, Inca berry, and giant ground cherry. In North America they are usually used only as garnishments for fancy tarts, since they are quite expensive. Luckily, they were on sale and I jumped on the chance to try them again.

Since I was already trying new flavours and fruits, I decided I also didn’t want to split the banana lengthwise- it didn’t quite fit in my martini glass. Why not try banana coins?

Deconstructed Banana Split
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
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makes one split
  • one scoop each of your favourite ice creams
  • a few pieces of fruit, such as two cherries and two uchuvas
  • one wafer/cookie/topper
  • one banana
  • one pretty serving dish, like a martini glass
  1. Place two scoops of ice cream in the martini glass.
  2. Cut banana into coins and artfully place pieces on the ice cream.
  3. Garnish with cherries, uchuvas, and one wafer. Serve immediately and enjoy!

How to update your banana split, Kiku Corner

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