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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Pine Nut Ice Cream with Banana Caramel Sauce

15 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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Bananas Foster takes a trip to Italy in this sexy, simple dessert. Make the sauce just before serving,
otherwise, it may break if you reheat it.

Pine Nut Ice Cream with Banana Caramel Sauce

Cook Time

15 minutes


Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 1 quart premium vanilla ice cream (such as)
  • Haagen-Dazs

  • 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 ripe banana (diced)


  1. Empty the ice cream into a mixing bowl and allow it to sit at room
  2. temperature for about 8 minutes. When it's soft enough to stir with a
  3. wooden spoon or rubber spatula, sprinkle in the pine nuts and 1/4
  4. teaspoon of the salt. Working quickly, fold the pine nuts into the
  5. softened ice cream. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in
  6. the freezer to firm up.
  7. To make the sauce, combine the butter, brown sugar, bourbon, and
  8. remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer
  9. over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar is completely melted
  10. and the mixture has a caramel-sauce consistency, about 4 minutes.
  11. Reduce the heat to low, stir in the banana pieces and cook for an
  12. additional 3 minutes to just soften them. Remove the pan from the
  13. heat and let the sauce sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to
  14. cool slightly.
  15. To serve, place 2 scoops of the ice cream in each of the 4 bowls or sundae glasses. Drizzle the sauce over each and serve immediately.
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