June 17, 2013

Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie { & $100 'Amazon.com Cash for Ice Cream' Giveaway!}


Summertime.  Ice cream.  Yep, they pretty much go hand-in-hand for me.  For you, too? ... Well, then you're in luck!  

Because not only am I bringing you this amazingly delicious Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie today, I'm also bringing you an opportunity to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card to buy an ice cream maker! {... or anything else you've had your eye on from Amazon.com, for that matter.} 
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Perhaps you'd like ...
The Cuisinart 1 1/2-quart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, & Sorbet Maker  (this is the ice cream maker I have).


Or, maybe you'd enjoy making ice cream with your KitchenAid stand mixer, using the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

What about some fun ice cream cups like these?

Or even some ice cream cookbooks ... How fun is that?  

But no need to buy this one ... 'cause if you win, you win this cookbook The Perfect Scoop, too!



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Now let's take a look at this amazingly delicious Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie I whipped up as a summer ice cream treat.

It's got homemade chocolate sauce in it.

Yes, homemade chocolate sauce.  I think that was my favorite part.

Would have been quite happy to just sit down with the entire bowl of homemade chocolate sauce and a spoon.  And not have shared one itsy bitsy drop.  Yep, that would have been just fine with me.

But, alas, I did share the homemade chocolate sauce.  Where it was supposed to be shared.  In the pie.

The first step in making this yummy layered ice cream treat is to whip up the homemade chocolate sauce.  Which is truly absolutely amazingly easy.  Just melt together in a saucepan some evaporated milk, butter, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips ...


... and it comes out looking like this:


Oh, chocolate heaven.  And, yes, ... I licked that spoon.  Just in case you were wondering.

Set the chocolate sauce aside, and then start layering banana split yummies into a prepared graham cracker crust, beginning with some softened vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt ...


... then some {homemade} chocolate sauce and pecans ...


... and crushed pineapple ...


... and ... I think you get the point, right?  You just keep layering, giving the pie some freezing time between each layer.

Then the pie gets topped with a final layer of freshly-whipped cream and sprinkles.


When you cut into this totally enticing ice cream pie, it looks like this:


Don't you just want to dive right into those layers with a fork?  

And look a that ooey-gooey melty-oozy homemade chocolate sauce ... mmmm.  I want to swipe my finger right through it and gobble it up.  

So whether it's this yummy Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie ... or another scrumptious ice cream treat ... be sure to enjoy some summertime ice cream!  I think we all deserve it.  Don't you?

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Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie
Source:  Adapted from my friend Jennie, and I have no idea where she got the recipe!


Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (5 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 pint chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 bananas sliced, and then cut into quarters
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 T. rainbow sprinkles
Directions
  1. Prepare the chocolate sauce: Combine the chocolate chips, evaporated milk, 1 cup powdered sugar, and butter in a small saucepan. Over medium-low heat, melt the ingredients together, stirring frequently. Once melted, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened just a bit, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely. The chocolate sauce will continue to thicken some as it cools.
  2. Make the 1st Layer: Scoop half of the pint of vanilla ice cream into a bowl and set it aside for a few minutes to soften (but don't let it completely melt!). Spread the softened ice cream evenly over the bottom of the graham cracker pie crust. Cover and freeze until firm.
  3. Make the 2nd Layer: Spread about 1/3 cup of the chocolate sauce over the vanilla ice cream; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the chopped pecans. Cover and freeze until set.
  4. Make the 3rd Layer: Scoop the chocolate ice cream (you'll only use 1/2 of the pint) into a bowl and set it aside for a few minutes to soften. Spread the softened chocolate ice cream evenly over the pie. Cover and freeze until firm.
  5. Make the 4th Layer: Spoon about 1/3 cup of the chocolate sauce over the chocolate ice cream; top with the pineapple. Cover and freeze until set.
  6. Make the 5th Layer: Soften the remaining 1/2 pint of vanilla ice cream. Spread the softened ice cream evenly over the pie. Cover and freeze until firm.
  7. Make the 6th Layer: Spread the remaining chocolate sauce over the vanilla ice cream layer; top with the remaining 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and the chopped bananas. (Note - add the 7th layer before heading back to the freezer.)
  8. Make the 7th Layer: Beat the whipping cream until foamy. Gradually add the 1/4 cup powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spread the whipped cream over the pie and sprinkle with the rainbow sprinkle. Freeze. (Note - At this point, I freeze the pie uncovered for a bit until the whipped cream begins to become firm. Then, I wrap it loosely with plastic wrap and return the pie to the freezer to freeze completely.)
  9. When it's time to serve, let the pie stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes to soften before serving.
A few notes:
- While this pie is not difficult to make, preparing it does span a pretty good length of time given all the layers and freezing time between assembling each one.  I have been known to spread the assembly of this pie over two (or even three!) days ... which then makes it a really easy dessert to prepare if you're short on time, because you can make it in little 5 to 8 minute snippets!

- The homemade chocolate sauce is soooooo yummy and rich, so I do recommend taking the time to make your own.  However, I'm sure a jar of chocolate sauce would work just fine, too.  Same goes for the whipped cream ... if you don't feel like whipping your own, I'm sure a tub of non-dairy whipped topping would work great.

- Cutting the banana slices into quarters is an important step.  The bananas freeze very firmly.  If you place the bananas in the pie in whole slices, it's really difficult to get your fork through the big slices when eating the pie.

- Since hubby and I love our Frozen Banana Split Pie really soft ... like almost on the verge of melting all over the place into a sloppy puddle ... we have an alternate 'softening' method for our slices.  We cut and plate our slices as soon as the pie is removed from the freezer, and then place them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.  This method creates the perfect texture for us!  So, if you find the pie texture not to your liking after the 5 minutes at room temperature, give our alternate refrigerator method a try. 

Enjoy!

33 comments:

  1. Wow, look at all those layers! Yummy! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #17.

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://dessertnowdinnerlater.blogspot.com

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  2. Ooooo look at all those layers. I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Honored to be co-hosting this give-away with you!

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  3. What a great idea...it looks perfect for a hot, summer day!

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  4. Oh my gosh, this looks soooo amazing!!! I'd love making ice cream with a new ice cream maker....never knew such things were so easy and possible to make!!! WOW!

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    1. Yep, super easy ... just need a little patience for the freezing time between each layer!

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  5. This looks fantastic! It is hot here today and this would be so good. Great idea. I could use $100 for ice cream!

    We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa. I'd love for you to link this to What'd You Do This Weekend? http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-20/


    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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    1. I love your signature phrase, "Wishes for tasty dishes," Linda!

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  6. Looks so yummy!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!! :)

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  7. I really want an ice cream maker. Ask my family, that's what I said all winter.

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  8. Looks so yummy! Not sure what I would get as there are so many things I could use!

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  9. WOW does this look yummy! It would be worth the calories! I LOVE Amazon!

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  10. Wow, what an amazing pie, Tracey! I love it and I love your new blog design! Have a wonderful week!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    PS, pinned and sharing on Facebook tomorrow!

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  11. Sweet Mother of Pearl!! That looks awesome, and I love that you made the chocolate sauce from scratch! Pinning to make...someday.
    Stopping by from Cast Party Wednesday :)

    *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

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    1. 'Sweet Mother of Pearl!' ... I LOVE that phrase. I may have to borrow that and put it in a blog post sometime! :-)

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  12. I'd buy ice cream party supplies

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  13. I would start with a bunch of fun Ice Cream Cookbooks!!

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    1. Ooooooh, I love cookbooks ... I'd be right there with you on that one, Amanda.

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  14. This looks great! I would totally buy a new ice cream maker, because mine is wimpy and sad and barely churns anymore.

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  15. Yummy in my tummy! Stopping by from Cast Party Wednesday . As far as the $100 g c, my family would have an old fashion ice cream social.

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  16. Your Banana Split Pie sounds delicious!
    Thanks for the Giveaway - I would love to get lots of ice cream and a Mixer if I won! =)

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  17. This sounds like some serious overindulgence that I NEED to be taking part in! Yum!

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    1. Yep, you NEED this for sure. Go ahead and over-indulge! :-)

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  18. My family would be ALL over this - it looks amazing ;)

    Saw you at Cheerios and Lattes :)

    Would love for you to link up to Super Sunday at Who Needs a Cape! http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-3/

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  19. Oh My!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  20. I would definitely buy an ice cream maker and a ice cream cookbook full of yummy recipes! :)

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  21. I seriously need this right now :) Looks incredible! Pinend Tracey!

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  22. OK that Kitchenaid attachment - Brilliant!!

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  23. Oh my gosh this pie looks incredibly good. I love all the layers! Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This will be a feature.

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  24. I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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  25. Hi, Tracey! Visiting from the All Things Thursday Blog Hop... your Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie looks INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks for sharing ;)

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