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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith, created this stupendous dessert, in which fudgy peanut butter brownies get topped with bananas caramelized in dulce de leche and served with scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and her house-made peanut brittle.


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  • Servings: 8, plus 10 brownies

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  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
banana splits
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • 4 firm but ripe bananas, split lengthwise and halved crosswise
  • Vanilla ice cream, lightly sweetened whipped cream and crushed peanut brittle, for serving


  1. Make the banana splits Preheat the oven to 325°. Line the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, with the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Make the banana splits In a saucepan, stir the chocolate and butter over very low heat until melted; let cool slightly. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sour cream and vanilla. Whisk in the dry ingredients, then the melted chocolate mixture. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the batter to a small bowl and stir in the peanut butter.
  3. Make the banana splits Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan and dollop the peanut butter over the top. Swirl in the peanut butter, but don't overmix. Bake the brownies for 45 minutes, or until risen and the top is lightly cracked and glossy; the brownies will still be jiggly. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool, then refrigerate until the brownies are chilled, at least 2 hours. Cut into 18 rectangles.
  4. Make the banana splits In a large skillet, melt the dulce de leche over moderate heat. Add the bananas and cook, turning occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Set 8 brownies on individual plates and top with the bananas and dulce de leche. Spoon the ice cream and whipped cream alongside, top with the crushed peanut brittle and serve.

Make Ahead

The brownies can be tightly wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.

Contributed By Photo A© Lucy Schaeffer Published December 2008

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