This is a different dessert that I probably would have never made, but after seeing Mrs. Paula Deen make it on her show I had to give it a try! Actually, my M-I-L was the first to make this dessert a year or so ago. I remember the whole family had enjoyed it, so I knew it would be a good dessert to serve to the Women’s Basketball team. I chose to make two small pizzas due to the fact that I don’t own a round rimmed baking dish and didn’t want a mess on my hands should the brownie decide to run off the side of the pan! When I first saw this recipe I thought that the flavors of brownie didn’t really mix with cream cheese and pineapple, but I was wrong! The flavors of a banana split are present in each bite. Subtle hints of pineapple mixed in the cream cheese, lots of strawberries and bananas, and of course chocolate. It was hard to resist this pizza!
Banana Split Brownie Pizza
1 (20 oz) box fudge brownie mix
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
8 oz crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
2 tablespoons sugar
2 bananas, sliced and tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup chopped nuts, optional
Chocolate syrup, for drizzling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 15 inch pizza pan, or two 8 inch pie pans. Prepare the brownie mix according to box directions. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until done. Remove from oven and cool. Beat the cream cheese, pineapple, and sugar together in a bowl. Use any reserved pineapple juice at this time, if needed, to soften the mixture to a good spreading consistency. Otherwise, dispose of or save the juice for another use. Spread the mixture over the cooled brownie crust. Arrange the banana and strawberry slices over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts, if desired, and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, make into pizza slices.