Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Sugar Bowl

In honor of tonight's Sugar Bowl - featuring #13 Michigan vs. #11 Virginia Tech - I'm offering a dessert to enjoy while cheering on my team. When the Wolverines battle the Hokies, there has to be food appropriate to the festivities!

So I made a dessert with pecans and caramel that offers flavors reminiscent of the luscious pralines found in New Orleans, where the game is being played; with banana slices and a hint of rum, it's also an homage to that city's beloved Bananas Foster. And I had to be sure it was served in the perfect vessel ... a sugar(y) bowl!

I offer you something sweet and rich and delicious: a Caramel Crunch Ice Cream Sundae with Banana Caramel Sauce . Enjoy!


Caramel Crunch Ice Cream Sundae with Banana Caramel Sauce

9 caramel-flavored mini rice cakes
6 small sugar cookies
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups butter pecan ice cream
6 ounces caramel ice cream sauce
1/2 tablespoon dark rum or rum extract
2 medium bananas, sliced
4 waffle cone bowls
whipped cream

Place a sheet of waxed paper on the bottom of an 8"x8" freezer-safe dish.

Place the rice cakes and sugar cookies into a food processor or blender; grind into fine crumbs and place into a flat bowl. Stir in the sugar.

Form 4 1-cup balls of ice cream. One by one, roll the ice cream in the cookie crumbs, coating the ice cream very well; place onto the waxed paper in the dish. Place the dish with the ice cream balls into the freezer for 1 hour to firm them.

Place the ice cream sauce, rum and bananas into a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, just until boiling.

Place a waffle cone bowl onto each of 4 dessert plates. Place 1 ice cream ball into each bowl. Divide the bananas among the bowls, drizzling with caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.

Serves 4.


Unknown said...

Now that is a fantastic homage to your team!! GO BLUE!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

I am so glad you put the rice cakes in there, Mary, so that I don't have to worry about this being a high-calorie treat! ;-) Sounds way too delicious!! Caramel and pecan and crunch are all words that belong together. YUM

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary... It's me... Mary F/Mrs B

I just sent you an email through the link here on your blog. Please let me know (here in this post) if you don't receive it.

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Thank you, my friend.

Yenta Mary said...

Hi, Honey - No sign of an email yet, 20 minutes later ....

Candace said...

Oh.my. This is not what I needed to see during my sugar detox. This looks amazing, Mary. It would be the perfect dessert to follow my mushroom lasagna. Congrats to your team for making the Sugar Bowl! What fun it would be to be celebrate that with you in Nawlins! Good luck to them!

Yenta Mary said...

Me, again - I got some odd message that my browser wasn't compatible anymore, or something like that; I had to download Google, and everything has been redesigned ... oy. But it's working fabulously well, if I can't just figure out how to work it all again. Maybe that's what's going on with yours ...?

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Mary! Oh, thank you so much for checking in for me. I got an email from them about 10 mintes ago, apologizing for the mistake and all is restored! Phew! That scared me half to death...

I don't know what in the world is going on with Blogger/Google. I did some checking and lot's of folks seem to be having scary problems. I hope they get things straightened out, for everyone's sake.

I'll be in touch soon, OK? And thanks again for being such a sweet and dear friend! I'm so sorry that I hijacked your comments...


Miriam said...

You're a woman after my own heart, I can never seem to resist pretty sweets. :) Enjoy the game!
Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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