Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Crispy Fried Banana Sundae #Recipe by @Leslie Karst


I’m not big on baking. As I mentioned here on last Sunday’s Around the Kitchen Table feature, I’m most definitely a “pantser” in the kitchen—preferring to cook by the seat of my pants, adding this and that, tasting, adjusting the seasoning—as opposed to following a recipe. And because of the chemistry that the baking process entails, it absolutely requires that you follow the recipes (or, as they’re referred to by bakers, the “formulae”).

But I do love desserts. So here’s a scrumptious offering in the dessert department that requires no recipe whatsoever—perfect for us kitchen panters! (Note that all the ingredient amounts below are approximate—feel free to add more chocolate or bananas or butter as you wish!)



Crispy Fried Banana Sundae

(serves 4)


2 tablespoons salted butter

4 bananas (or 8, if you’re using the small apple banana variety, as pictured)

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

chocolate sauce

½ cup chopped walnuts

coarse or flake salt (optional)



Peel and slice the bananas lengthwise. 



Melt the butter in a skillet over a medium-high heat, then add the bananas and fry till golden brown and crispy. Stir them occasionally so they brown on all sides, but be careful not to break the pieces.


Scoop ice cream onto plates, then arrange the banana slices on top, along with any remaining butter in the pan. 



Squirt chocolate sauce on top, then sprinkle on walnuts and a scattering of salt, if desired. 



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The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. Putting this early education to good use, she now writes the Lefty Award-nominated Sally Solari Mysteries, a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California. 
An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

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  1. Yummy! When you said fried bananas, I automatically thought of my Mom. She use to make fried banana pies which were delicious as what many had never heard of. I'll definitely be making me some friend bananas!
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  2. I want to make this right this minute!

    1. I see no reason at all why it couldn't be a breakfast dish, Edith! (Perhaps sub maple syrup for chocolate sauce?)

  3. Looks delish, Leslie, and oh so easy!

  4. Wow, does that look good.

    1. Yes, indeedy! I might have to make it again tonight...

  5. Looks really good, Leslie. I'm going to try it soon.

  6. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing!