Electrolux #splits : Dastardly Mash Banana Splits

I'm so pleased to be joining Eletrolux and FoodBuzz again in support of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!  Remember when you could vote for or make a cake in Kelly's Cakery and Electrolux would donate $1 to the OCRF?

Well, they're at it again...this time with banana splits!  For every banana split you create, Electrolux will donate $1 to the OCRF.

FoodBuzz has joined in as well.  For every FoodBuzz featured publisher who posts about banana splits, FoodBuzz will donate $50 to the OCRF!!!

Now, let me tell you about our banana splits!  Since my dad is visiting, I decided to make his favorite ice cream from Ben & Jerry...Dastardly Mash.  Although it's a discontinued flavor, it lives on in the "Flavor Graveyard" (love that!) and Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book!

Before you look at the recipe and say "Ew....raisins!" like I did every time my dad ate it, can I tell you a secret? It's AWESOME!  I am not a raisin-lover, but the combo here is delicious.  You really don't taste raisins so much as they add a little "chewy" texture.  Trust me?

Dastardly Mash
{adapted from Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book}

1/2 c. raisins
1 c. water
1/2 c. pecan halves
1/2 c. whole, roasted, salted almonds
1/2 c. chocolate chips, semisweet
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/3 c. dutch-process cocoa (or natural)
1 and 1/2 c. milk
1 c. sugar
2 eggs (pasteurized if you're a worrier)
1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Soak the raisins in the water in the refrigerator.  (This can also be done the night before.)

Combine the pecans, almonds and chocolate chips. Place in the refrigerator.

Melt the unsweetened chocolate in a bowl over simmering (not boiling) water.  Whisk in the cocoa.  This may lump up in your whisk.  It's ok. Whisk on the milk, a little at a time...this will dissolve the cocoa....heat until blended.  Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.  Gradually whisk in the sugar, then  whisk 1 minute more.  Whisk in the cream and vanilla.  Add in and whisk the chocolate mixture.

Cover and refrigerate 1-3 hours. 

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the maker's instructions.

Meanwhile, drain the raisins and add them to the nut mixture.

Two minutes before the freezing cycle is over, add the raisin/nut/chip mixture.  Once completed, transfer to a freezer-safe container, press plastic wrap on top, cover and freeze to harder ice cream.

For the banana splits

Whip cream with a little sugar.  Slice bananas.  Scoop ice cream into dishes.  Surround with banana slices. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.  Ta-da!

Now....go make your OWN banana split and help Electrolux raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Do it for your mom, your nana, aunt, sister, daughter...yourself.  Don't make me get bossy! ;)

I love Electrolux's commitment to the OCRF, I love being a part of Foodbuzz and I love ice cream.  Yep, I'm linking this up at TidyMom's I'm Lovin' It party!
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