For the most part, the Brits are known for many things: Tea, Royalty, Stonehenge, Big Ben, etc. However, they are not really known for a longstanding tradition of superb meals that have cooks all around the world replicating such dishes. In fact, in the United States, it is difficult to find British cuisine outside of pubs. Its a pretty natural fit to pair British food, like fish and chips or bangers and mash with a good beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love British food (especially fish and chips), but it is rare to hear someone say that they went to a British restaurant to celebrate their anniversary. With London hoping the summer Olympics this year, and our recent posts of recipes from around the world, we felt it necessary to take a traditional British dish and evolve it into something extradordinary. Hence, we bring to you Bangers and Mash … Dessert Style!
So before we go any further, lets make it clear that we are not suggesting eating mashed potatoes and sausage for dessert. In fact, if you choose to serve that at a party, I am pretty sure that your guests would leave rather quickly. Instead, we are presenting here a dessert that looks like bangers and mash, but is everything but (no potatoes and sausages were harmed in the making of this dish). We have replaced the mashed potatoes with a homemade honey-vanilla ice cream and the sausage has been switched with chocolate covered bananas! To top this one off, we prepare a caramel sauce to drizzle over the dessert and top it with a few white chocolate chips. The honey-vanilla ice cream melds very well with the rich chocolate coating on the bananas. This dish is sure to make your guests happy regardless of whether you are having a viewing party for the Olympics or just a family get-together.
In order to make the bangers and mash … dessert style, you are going to need some special equipment, particularly an ice cream maker. These machines are not that expensive theses days and so if you do not have one but think that you will use one in the future, go pick one up as they are great to have around the house. After all, who does not love a bowl of fresh, homemade ice cream (with ingredients that you can actually pronounce! You will not find any ingredients in the ice cream recipe shown below that require a PhD in Chemistry to pronounce). However, if you don’t want to make the purchase, ljust feel free to pick up a pint or two of your favorite premium vanilla ice cream.
Regardless of whether you make your own ice cream or use store bought ice cream, we hope that you find this new take on a classic British dish, Bangers and Mash … Dessert Style!, as good as we did!