For this week's TWD challenge, Spike of Spike Bakes chose the Banana Coconut Ice Cream Pie on page 350 of Baking from My Home to Yours.
I wouldn't call myself a banana lover. I like them in my cereal, and love banana bread and cake, but am not one to eat them straight up or to eat frozen bananas or banana flavored things. I also am not a huge fan of the banana/chocolate combination. So, I almost skipped this week.
But then, I was sick yesterday and wanted something sweet...and after a year of homemade baked goods, packaged cookies just don't do it for me anymore! I looked in the fridge and freezer, and was completely shocked to see that there were no treats to eat!!! How is that possible??
So I took another look at the recipe. I didn't have butter cookies or chocolate ice cream, but it seemed like it would come together so quickly...So I subbed graham crackers for the butter cookies and used butter pecan ice cream to mix with the banana, rum & lemon juice for the filling. Seriously, this pie was done in like 15 minutes! the longest part of it was getting the coconut to brown, which was my fault b/c I used a small saucepan instead of a skillet.
I've read this on so many many other blogs, but the crust is the real star of this recipe. I mean, how can you go wrong with butter, coconut, and cookie crumbs??
I don't know if I will make this particular recipe again, not being a huge fan of banana and all, but I think this crust is amazing and I will definitely use it again.
Thanks for the pick spike! Check out the Leave your link post on the TWD site to see who else baked along this week.