Super-star bananas on toast

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Serves

    2

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This is probably the naughtiest dish in this book. But it’s also unbelievably good and for a once-in-a-blue-moon treat, it’s worth every calorie.

Ingredients

For the caramel

  • 130 g granulated sugar
  • 20 g butter
  • 6 tbsp double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp brandy

To assemble

  • a handful of hazelnuts, peeled and roughly chopped (see Tip)
  • butter for frying
  • 2 small bananas, split lengthways
  • 2 thick slices of brioche
  • Vanilla Ice Cream to serve

Method

  1. For the caramel, place the sugar and 6 tablespoons of water in a medium-sized saucepan and allow to dissolve over a medium heat. Do not stir the caramel, but swirl the pan gently. Once the sugar has dissolved, boil rapidly until the caramel is a rich golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Add the cream (it will hiss!), vanilla seeds, rum and salt. Allow the caramel to cool a little, then add the brandy. Keep warm.
  2. Toast the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan over a medium heat, shaking the pan to brown them all over. Tip out onto a saucer.
  3. Add a good knob of butter to the frying pan and lay in the bananas, cut side down. Fry for 2–3 minutes before turning over and cooking the other side. Remove from the heat but keep warm.
  4. Toast the brioche slices to a good brown and set each one on a plate. Briefly shake the pan of bananas over the heat to make sure they are hot and arrange them on the toast, pouring over any butter from the pan too. Sprinkle with the toasted hazelnuts, spoon over the warm caramel sauce and add a generous ball of ice cream.