Tuesdays with Dorie: Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Pie

May 25, 2010 at 1:10 am | Posted in groups, ice creams & frozen, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 21 Comments

banana-coconut ice cream pie

I know I’ve told you before that I’ve been turning my nose up at raw bananas since I was a kid.  But I try to keep an open mind, and I want to bake along with everyone, so I always give banana recipes a go anyway.  Well, guess what.  I think I’m starting to accept them…maybe even like them a little.  I didn’t at all poo-poo Spike’s choice of Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Pie for TWD this week.  In fact, I enjoyed it!  What’s happening to me??  🙂

An ice cream pie is what it sounds like– a crust (cookie-coconut in this case) topped with ice cream.  I made mine in a springform rather than a pie plate, but that’s a nitpicky detail.  Dorie uses chocolate ice cream as the base in her recipe…I assembled this pie at the same time I made that burnt sugar ice cream, so I used it instead.  I didn’t want to miss out entirely on the chocolate, though, and made a cocoa fudge sauce to go on top.

Raw bananas make three different appearances here.  There’s a layer of them between the crust and the ice cream, there’s a rum-banana smoosh stirred into the ice cream, and there are a few decorative slices for the top.  Further proof that I am beginning to appreciate bananas: I thought the burnt sugar ice cream with rum and bananas stirred in was just killer!

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Spike Bakes.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Burnt sugar ice cream + bananas + rum…that sounds like one amazing combination! I didn’t think much of this when reading the recipe, but was so happy with the final dessert.

  2. wow, looks gorgeous! Glad the banana is actually getting to be okay for you- sounds great with the ice cream

  3. Yours looks amazing! Good idea to put it in a spring form tin. Much more attractive for serving.

  4. I am slowly liking bananas also. This was one excellent dessert!

  5. I may have to find my leftover burnt sugar ice cream and make this! It looks beautiful. I love banana bread, but the texture of raw bananas is not my favourite. That said, I do eat them on my cereal cause they’re easy. I didn’t make this this week, cause I wanted to finish up my rhubarb, but maybe later in the summer I will.

  6. Is there nothing that the burnt sugar ice cream Won’t go well with? I can see from this tart why you have become a banana minion. 🙂

  7. Im glad you enjoyed it. Your pie looks amazingly good!

  8. I did a twd rewind…lenox biscotti… b/c bananas/coconut are not my thing 🙂 I always love how shaved coconut looks though. awesome.

  9. Oh wow, the burnt sugar ice cream and banana combination sounds soooo good!

  10. I went with the burnt sugar ice cream too – it was wonderful in this! Love the shaved coconut and chocolate on top.

  11. Ciao ! I think your pie is the best : super beautiful !

  12. Beautiful! I bet the burnt sugar ice cream was perfect with the bananas.

  13. I made the same with the Burnt Sugar Icecream, because Bananas and Caramel go together very well in my account! Unfortunately, I wasn’t as clever to top it with chocolate sauce – that would have been a great way to bring in the classic banana-chocolate combo.

  14. You always manage to do things so creatively and make such wonderful additions to a recipe that just makes it shine. It all looks just delightful.

  15. Your pie is truly the most elegant one I’ve seen. I love the large pieces of coconut. They frame the center very nicely. Your baking and photos are just wonderful.

  16. I like the way you decorated the pie, it looks really gorgeous!

  17. Oh! I believe you all the way… burnt sugar and banana must have been heaven (even for me, who like you, isn’t a raw banana fan!).

    But then again, with a presentation as such… half the fun is taken in with the eyes! WOW!

  18. Eh…. yum on the burnt sugar. Perfect pairing with the coconut. I love bananas, but not with chocolate, altho’ your ganache looks awfully tasty under those bananas.

  19. Using the burnt sugar ice cream is a great idea! I still have some left and a mini pie crust so I’ll have to try it that way! Your pie looks beautiful!

  20. You have outdone yourself girl. How do you do it week after week? Wish I would have kept my burnt sugar ice cream. Love the coconut shavings.

    And I’m going to remember the hint about using a springform pan. I had no trouble getting mine out of the pie pan but the pictures….they are so much better when you can see the side and the layers. Genius!

  21. i’m glad you’re beginning to enjoy bananas! the burnt sugar ice cream combo w/fudge looks great!

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