Sunday, May 31, 2009

There's Always Money in the Banana Stand

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As an homage to Arrested Development, one of our favorite shows ever, I wanted to make some chocolate-dipped frozen bananas this summer. But I didn't feel like dealing with popsicle sticks and mass quantities of chocolate and lots of messiness, so when I came across this recipe I decided it would be perfect. The toppings I chose were coconut, crushed peanuts, and crushed Butterfingers. All three are very yummy! Make sure you let the bites sit for a minute after you take it out of the freezer because otherwise it's like biting into an ice cube!

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Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites
Bon Appetit, April 2009

2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons canola oil
Assorted toppings for coating bananas (such as crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, toffee bits, chopped Butterfinger candy bars, chopped salted peanuts, or toasted shredded sweetened coconut)
3 ripe bananas, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

Stir chocolate and oil in heavy small saucepan over low heat just until smooth. Let stand 15 minutes to cool.

Place each topping in separate shallow dish. Line baking sheet with foil. Arrange banana slices on foil. Using fingers, dip 1 banana slice in chocolate, coating completely. Shake off excess chocolate. Drop dipped banana in 1 topping. Using clean hand, sprinkle more topping over banana to coat; transfer to foil-lined sheet. Repeat with remaining bananas, chocolate, and toppings. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours, then serve.

Yield: 3 dozen

2 comments:

Ashley said...

That show is fantastic!!! And I love that you made these - I've been meaning to make frozen banana something-or-others for a while now...YUM!

Ashley said...

Win! This would be a great appetizer before going to see the movie premiere...whenever that may be.