Banana and Honey Brûlée

A tasty twist on a classic crème brulée. Quick to prepare and just chill until needed.

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Banana and Honey Brûlée

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 10–25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 minute
  • Refrigeration time: 2 hours

  • Ingredients
  • 2 small bananas, well mashed
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 500 g carton Greek yogurt

  • For the topping
  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts or almonds, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar, if using a chef’s blowtorch
  • 75 g (2½ oz) caster/superfine sugar (⅓ cup), if not using a chef’s blowtorch

Equipment

  • You will also need 4 × 150ml (5 fl oz) heatproof ramekins


  • Method
  • Divide the mashed bananas amongst the four ramekins and smooth the top.

  • Then drizzle over the honey to completely cover the bananas.

  • Carefully spoon an equal amount of yogurt into each ramekin and smooth the top.

  • Now sprinkle over the nuts and gently press them down into the yogurt.

  • For the topping, using a chef’s blowtorch
  • Working on one ramekin at a time, sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of sugar evenly over the nuts and yogurt. (The sugar needs to cover the yogurt completely.)

  • Caramelize the sugar under a direct flame.

  • Now repeat with the other 3 ramekins.

  • Leave to cool and then refrigerate for two hours before serving.

  • For the topping, without using a chef’s blowtorch
  • First, have a piece of baking paper ready on the counter top. Next, put the sugar in a stainless steel pan and add just enough water to dampen the sugar. Place over a low heat and stir the sugar until completely dissolved. Then increase the heat to medium–high. Without stirring, leave the sugar to bubble fiercely. When the bubbling lessens and the sugar has turned a pale straw colour it will be ready. Carefully pour the caramel onto the paper (it will be extremely hot) and leave it to become cold.

  • Now turn the grill/broiler to high and leave for 5 minutes to get really hot.

  • The caramel will have hardened on cooling. Break it into small pieces and blitz in a food processor or blender until there are really fine granules (finer than caster sugar). Sprinkle evenly over the nuts and yogurt in each ramekin, right to the edge, so that the yogurt is completely covered.

  • Put the ramekins on a baking tray as close to the heat source as possible. Cook for less than a minute, not letting the sugar burn. The heat just needs to melt the sugar.

  • Leave to cool and then refrigerate for two hours before serving.

Updated: January 4, 2020

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