Dessert Items

Visit our Holiday Fun Tab also to find some great dessert items that are usually seasonal with the holidays, but can be enjoyed year-around!

 

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

1.  In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter.  Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture, then press the remainder into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan.

2.  Place the bananas in a single layer over the crust.  Spread the chopped walnuts on the ice cream, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm – approximately 1 hour.

3.  In a large saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup butter and stir until smooth.  Add the confectioners’ sugar and evaporated milk.  Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until slightly thickened and smooth, about 8 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

4.  Cook the mixture about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Pour the mixture over the ice cream and freeze until firm, approximately 45 minutes.

5.  Spread the whipped topping over the chocolate layer and sprinkle with the reserved crumbs.  Freeze for 3 – 4 hours.  Remove the dish from the freezer 10 – 20 minutes before serving.  Serves approximately 18 portions.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted – plus 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 – 5 medium bananas, sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • 1 1/2 quarts strawberry ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz.) container non-dairy whipped topping

 

Frozen Fruit Bites

Frozen Fruit Bites

Easy to assemble, these mini-bites combine sweet fruit and a refreshing tart cheesecake filling.   You need the following ingredients:

  • 12 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Sliced kiwi, strawberry or whole blueberries

1.  Place liners in a mini-cupcake pan.  Put a wafer cookie, flat side up, in the bottom of each cupcake well.

2.  In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cream cheese, lemon juice and honey until smooth.  Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon on top of each cookie, then top the mixture with the fruit pieces.

3.  Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until the fruit bites are firm, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.  Remove the tray from the freezer for 15 – 20 minutes before serving.  Serves 12 portions.

APPLE PIE BARS

Apple Pie Bars

Makes 18 bars
Hands-on time: 40 minutes
Total time: about 2 hours

With their layers of flaky crust and gooey apple filling, these bars have all the yummy goodness of a slice of pie.

Ingredients:

FOR THE CRUST: 

  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • Milk (about 2/3 cup)

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1-3/4 cups cornflakes
  • 8 cups peeled and sliced cooking apples (see first tip below)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

FOR THE TOPPINGS:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions:

1.  In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly. Separate the egg yolk and white, reserving both parts. Beat the yolk in a liquid measuring cup, then add enough milk to measure 2/3 cup and blend well. With a fork, stir together the yolk-milk mixture and flour mixture until the ingredients form a sticky dough. Halve the dough and flatten each half into a 3/4-inch-thick disk. Cover the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate them until well chilled, at least 30 minutes.

2.  Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the cornflakes into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to lightly crush them.

Apple Pie Bars

3.  On a sheet of waxed paper, roll one portion of dough into a 15-1/2- by 10-1/2-inch rectangle. Transfer the dough to an ungreased 15- by 10-inch jelly roll pan. Sprinkle the crushed cereal over the dough, then layer on the apple slices.

4.  Roll out the remaining dough as in Step 3. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg for the filling. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples, then lay the dough on top. Use the tines of a fork to seal the dough edges.

Apple Pie Bars

5.  In a small bowl, use a fork to beat the reserved egg white until foamy, then brush it over the dough. In another small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and sprinkle it on the crust.

6.  Bake the pastry until lightly browned, about 50 to 55 minutes. Let it cool for an hour, then mix the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to make a glaze and drizzle it over the top. When the dish has completely cooled, cut it into bars and serve.

Apple Pie Bars

Nutritional Information
Per serving (1 bar): Calories 276 ● Total Fat 11 g (17% DV) ● Saturated Fat 7 g (33% DV) ● Cholesterol 39 mg (13% DV) ● Sodium 150 mg (6% DV) ● Total Carbohydrate 42 g (14% DV) ● Fiber 2 g (7% DV) ● Sugars 25 g ● Protein 3 g (6% DV)

 

Tips:
● The apple of choice for this recipe is McIntosh. “They cook up soft, and the taste can range from very tart to sweet, which is great.”
● If the pastry begins to brown too quickly, before the bars are fully cooked, and there are at least 20 minutes of baking time left, it is recommended that by covering the crust with foil to keep it golden brown.
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