Tyler’s Banana Dessert in the Cast Iron Pan

Fridays are for outdoor fires. With our new stamped concrete patio to break in as much as possible, there has been an endless supply of ideas to cook on the grill. After we had burgers this night, Tyler wanted to make a dessert using the cast iron skillet, which to be honest, is perfect over the firepit. Use cast iron as they were designed, over a fire! Today, I am going to share a recipe for Tyler’s Banana Dessert made in a cast iron pan.

Tyler's Banana dessert being removed from the firepit

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Why use cast iron?

In the past, we have spent weeks just using the cast iron pans in our kitchen. Eggs, pancakes, fish, bread, dessert, cookies and more can be cooked or baked in a cast iron pan. If you do not have a lot of money to spend on a good set, and want a truly versatile pan, cast iron is the way to go.

cooked vegetable on pan
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A brief history of cast iron

Cast iron pans were invented and first produced in the 1870’s by a company in Erie Pennsylvania. Famed for being the leading producers of cast iron, using the best materials to cast these pans, the company went on to create an entire industry standard for cookware. In the late 18th and early 19th century in Europe and America, when indoor kitchens became commonplace, cast-iron pans became more widely used.

“Founded in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1865, the Griswold Manufacturing company was, for almost a century, the leading American manufacturer of cast iron cookware. Even today, over 60 years after its sale to competitor Wagner Manufacturing, Griswold skillets are the epitome of quality heirloom cast iron and are considered collectors’ items. (My mother inherited a Griswold pot from her mother, and I am not-so-secretly coveting it for my own use.)”- click the link for a longer story of cast iron from Southern Kitchen

Recipe for a Banana Dessert

Ingredients

4 bananas
2 Tbsp butter
Dash salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1-2 cups marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips; variety

cast iron skillet seasoned with oil

Directions

1. Peel the bananas and place on a cutting board, then slice them into 1/2-inch-thick pieces.

peel bananas on a cutting board

2. Spray a cast iron skillet with non-stick spray or spread vegetable oil over the surface with a paper towel, then, spread the bananas over the bottom of the pan.

3. Add butter to the banana slices in 1/2 Tbsp chunks, then sprinkle with 1/4 tsp sugar and a dash of salt.

adding butter chunks to top of bananas

4. Dice large marshmallows into smaller pieces or use mini marshmallows and then place half of them into the cast iron skillet over the bananas. Then, place half of the marshmallows in a small bowl and set aside for later. And when marshmallows come out, dada needs to share with little Elliana, of course.

5. Time to let your creativity shine! Grab out whatever ingredients you want to add to your Banana Dessert. Tyler decided on peanut butter and a variety of chocolate chips. Place 1/2 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds, or until soft.

scoop out peanut butter for Tyler's banana dessert

6. Grab another banana, peel it and slice it into very thin pieces. Then place the banana pieces in a bowl with the now warm and melty peanut butter, making sure to stir well.

add melty peanut butter to 1 banana sliced thinly for Tyler's Banana Dessert

7. Pour the peanut butter and banana mixture on top of the bananas in the cast iron skillet, then spread it out evenly with a spatula.

8. Finally, sprinkle chocolate chips onto the banana and peanut butter mixture.

9. Make sure your fire is stoked and nice and hot, with not too many flames. Click the link below for my blog on how we made this stamped concrete patio in our backyard and added over $12K value to our house!

stoking the fire in the backyard on the concrete patio

Tyler is waiting so patiently for the coals to be just right on the fire before he adds the cast iron to the grill.

waiting for coals to be ready to grill Tyler's Banana Dessert

10. Place Tyler’s Banana Dessert on the grill over the fire and then place a grill cover on top to trap the heat, causing the heat to travel under the dome and help to cook the dessert.

cooking Tyler's Banana Dessert on fire

Tyler is waiting and checking, checking and waiting.

placing grill cover over for more heat

Every man needs a good torch. For example, Tyler used his torch to add a final touch to the marshmallows on top of the Banana Dessert.

Tyler's Banana Dessert. Tyler standing with a torch

Torches are so versatile. Not only do they light fires, but they also flame-kiss marshmallows on Tyler’s Banana Dessert. Then, it is back onto the fire for a final heat before finally serving, resulting in this dessert being seriously the most delicious thing ever!

The bananas became caramelized while the chocolate melted oh-so perfectly. To top it off, the flame-kissed marshmallows added the most amazing stickiness and flavor to the melty marshmallows.

Serve Tyler’s Banana Dessert and enjoy!
~Monica & Tyler of course

Tyler's Banana Dessert ready to eat

Tyler’s Cast Iron Banana Dessert Recipe

Ingredients for Tyler’s Cast Iron Banana Dessert

4 bananas
2 Tbsp butter
Dash salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1-2 cups marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips; variety

Directions for Tyler’s Cast Iron Banana Dessert

1. Peel the bananas and place on a cutting board, then slice them into 1/2-inch-thick pieces.
2. Spray a cast iron skillet with non-stick spray or spread vegetable oil over the surface with a paper towel, then, spread the bananas over the bottom of the pan.
3. Add butter to the banana slices in 1/2 Tbsp chunks, then sprinkle with 1/4 tsp sugar and a dash of salt.
4. Dice large marshmallows into smaller pieces or use mini marshmallows, then, place the marshmallows in a small bowl and set aside for later.
5. Time to let your creativity shine! Grab out whatever ingredients you want to add to your Banana Dessert. For example, this can include chocolate chips, peanuts, marshmallows or even cookie crumbles. Tyler decided on peanut butter and also a variety of chocolate chips. Place 1/2 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds, or until soft.
6. Grab another banana, peel it and slice it into very thin pieces. Then place the banana pieces in a bowl with the now warm and melty peanut butter, making sure to stir well.
7. Pour the peanut butter and banana mixture on top of the bananas in the cast iron skillet, then spread it out evenly with a spatula.
8. Sprinkle chocolate chips onto the banana and peanut butter mixture making sure to additionally spread them out evenly over the entire banana mixture.
9. Make sure your coals are nice and hot with not too many flames with the grill grate placed over the firepit.
10. Place Tyler’s Banana Dessert on the grill over the fire and then place a grill cover on top to trap the heat, causing the heat to travel under the dome and help to cook the dessert.
11. Finally, use a torch to flame-kiss the marshmallows.
Slice and serve Tyler’s Banana Dessert and then enjoy!
~Monica & Tyler of course

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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