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8.6.12

Caramelized Banana Icebox Cake: Foodie Friday

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Caramelized Banana Icebox Cake 

Icebox cake has been an American tradition for probably as long as we have had refrigeration. My grandmother used to make it for my mom back in the 1930‘s. My mom loves to remind me that when she ate icebox cake it was really prepared in an icebox!  She still remembers the ice man coming every week to her house with a big block of ice to put in their refrigerator.

In the US icebox cake is traditionally made by layering grahman crackers and pudding and topping the treat with whipped cream. Some folks like to add a layer of bananas and this is were I decided to get a little gourmet. 

From my experience making a banana chocolate tart for my Friday with Dorie French cooking group, I learned about carmalizing bananas. My daughter who was the true pastry chief of the project... agreed that carmalized bananas are amazing, and we vowed to put them in any dessert we could think of making.

So here is my gourment version of icebox cake which contains a layer of carmalized bananas... it is still a very simple dessert. Great for picnics. 

Enjoy!
Caramelized Banana Icebox Cake
by Diane Balch

Prep time: 30 min Serves 6 - 8

Ingredients:

Graham crackers depending on their size between 6-8 
Two 4.5 ounce chocolate pudding mixes or the equivalent to 4 cups of pudding.
(I prefer the type that needs to be heated on the stove)


6 firm bananas cut into 1/2 inch pieces


1 teaspoon of lemon juice 

2 tablespoons of butter

1/2 cup of sugar

whipped cream
Instructions: 
1) Layer the bottom of a 9” by 13” baking pan with graham crackers.
2) Heat the butter on medium high heat and add bananas. Sprinkle them with the lemon juice and add the sugar.
3) Stir the bananas continuously.  Turn down heat if the mixture starts to bubble too much.. cook until bananas begin to turn brownish.
4) Use a slotted spoon to strain the bananas out of the butter. Layer the caramelized bananas on top of the graham crackers.
5) Prepare the pudding according to it’s directions and layer the pudding on top of the bananas.
6) Cover the pudding with Sarah wrap and make sure the wrap is touching the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. 
7) Chill for a minimum of 4 hours and serve topped with whipped cream.
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Strain bananas well before layering.

Make sure pudding thickens well before adding it.

Have sarah wrap touch pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
Home Maid Simple
and
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38 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,
    Your Ice Box Cake looks like a little bit of heaven! Hope you are having a great day and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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  2. Thank you for hosting, Diane! Your Caramelized Banana Icebox Cake sounds delish! Hope you have a great weekend <3

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  3. Hi Diane! Thank you for hosting.I'm in love with Dorie Greenspan's "Around My French Table" - such great recipes. Your Carmelized Banana Icebox Cake is a winner! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I have been playing around with this recipe for a while and I agree the bananas really make a difference...thanks to Dorie.
      I appreciate the retweets etc.

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  4. Thanks for hosting... I think my Mr. would love your dessert - I think his Nana made something very similar... Have a great weekend!

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  5. Hi, I'm sharing my Tangy Carrot-Apple Salad. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

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  6. Hello and thank you for inviting me to you link party!! So awesome.

    This week I am sharing…

    (1) Berry Beet Smoothie (packed full of nutrients) such a great way to start the morning or for an afternoon pick-me-up.

    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/06/welcome-home-beet-smoothie-scd-friendly.html

    (2) Double Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream (Vegan, Cane-Sugar Free)

    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/06/delightful-double-chocolate-coffee-ice.html

    (3) Ginger Mint Limonade (SCD friendly with vegan option)

    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/06/ginger-mint-limonade-scd-friendly.html

    (4) Spicy Green Beans with Soy-Free Teriyaki Sauce

    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/06/spicy-green-beans-with-homemade-soy.html

    Have a great weekend!

    Be Well,
    --Amber

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  7. Thanks SO MUCH for featuring my recipe! Today I actually posted a stir-fry version of the same recipe :) http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/06/sweet-saturday-8-sweet-shrimp-stir-fry.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. Oh, and the cake sounds RIDICULOUSLY good btw ;)

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  9. I’m looking forward to seeing how others are indulging in spring via their kitchens this week!

    Do you ever have those weeks when you're just so proud of your posts?? 3 this week!

    1. i am enjoying the season extravagantly… by eating as many seasonal spot prawns as possible. Best way ever: Fresh & Seasonal Spot Prawn Shellfish Pot. Yes. I ate all of it. and i’d do it again.

    2. Fire roasted pepper spread with grilled green garlic crostinis - holla!

    3. Bourbon soaked cherries. ‘Nuff said. Or the bourbon might start talking for me.

    Thank you for hosting darling!

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    1. I think those cherries are going to getting you into trouble...

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  10. Good morning to you all!

    To go with my post & link up from sister blog Gastronomical Sovereignty (or vice versa), I present, The Old Fashioned a la Kristy. With a link to my bourbon soaked cherries. Obviously. ;)

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  11. I just can't get over how delicious all of these recipes look!! Thanks for letting me link up, again!

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    1. I am very grateful for the quality of recipes people post. Not too shabby for mostly amateur cooks!

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  12. thanks for the party

    enjoy your weekend

    ~heather

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  13. Thanks for hosting!! Have a great weekend!

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  14. Thanks for hosting! Your Caramelized Banana Icebox Cake Sounds delicious! Can't wait to check out the rest of the links! :)

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  15. Love your chili lime feature and think it would be great with chicken. Happy Weekend:@)

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    1. I totally agree... in the comments Jessica put a link for a stir fry version too.

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  16. Icebox cake looks so delicious. Thank you for hosting. Have a great day!

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  17. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting another wonderful link party. Have a wonderful week :)
    Michelle

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  18. That sounds so good! I think my grandmother made something similar on occasion.

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  19. Thank you for hosting! I thought I linked up Friday, but I got sidetracked. My husband would really enjoy this banana icebox cake. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Your dessert looks fab! I joined in, I hope it's ok that I didn't include the father's day side of things. I'm in Australia, and we celebrate that in September:)

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    1. No problem, it's just a suggestion. Thanks for joining us.

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  21. Caramelized bananas sound delicious! What a yummy addition to an icebox cake.

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  22. Yummy this looks so good I will need to try it soon.

    Love your blog

    Check out my food blog if you havent already

    http://thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

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  23. What a great cake! Thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays!

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  24. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. Thank you for sharing such a great summer recipe at Must Try Monday!

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  26. Ice being delivered is always the example we think of when we consider how the market changes and industry having to change with it. The ice box cake looks very simple to make and yummy, thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul. :)

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  27. Diana, this looks fantastic! Thank you for linking to Foodie Friday!

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  28. What a fabulous flavour combo - thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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  29. Diane,
    This cake looks super yummy. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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  30. Congrats!! Your recipe has been featured over on Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again soon.

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  31. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/06/show-your-stuff-29-mini-cherry.html

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  32. Diane, thank you for linking this up to Mangia Mondays…I featured it today!
    http://www.shineyourlightblog.com/2012/06/mangia-mondays-june-features.html

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