Thursday, February 4, 2010

Banana Creme Brûlée

If you have ever been on a cruise...you know that the food is quite special! Last year we cruised the Caribbean...and I came home with the Royal Caribbean International Cookbook...which happens to contain recipes for many of the delicious dishes I sampled on board. One of my favorite desserts was Bailey's Banana Creme Brûlée. The recipe I am sharing here today is not exactly as printed in the cookbook...but a somewhat more simplified version. I discovered that it doesn't need double boilers and strainers after all!


Creme Brûlée
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Method:
  1. Beat egg yolks and sugar until lemon coloured.
  2. In a heavy saucepan heat cream to scalding (just under a boil) over medium heat.
  3. Stir in Bailey's Irish Cream.
  4. Add hot cream mixture slowly to egg mixture stirring continually.
  5. Divide custard into individual brulee dishes or ramekins. (Fills six 7 oz. ramekins.)
  6. Set filled brulee dishes in a large deep-sided baking dish.
  7. Add enough water to reach halfway up the brulee dishes.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit...until set but still trembly.
  9. Remove from pan and cool. Chill for several hours.
  10. Several hours before serving, sprinkle 1 Tablespoon brown sugar over each cup.
  11. Broil 6-8 inches from heat until sugar is caramelized....it will turn brown and bubble.
  12. Watch very carefully.
  13. Let stand 15 minutes; then chill again until serving time.
  14. Top with caramelized bananas (below) and a spoon of whipped cream.
  15. Serves six.

Caramelized Bananas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 bananas, sliced
Method:
  1. Melt butter and sugar in skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add sour cream and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add banana slices and caramelize for about two minutes.

The Bailey's Irish Cream gives it a wonderful flavour, but you can substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla if you prefer. You can also omit the banana topping and instead top with whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts. It's actually quite simple to make...and most delicious with the crunchy brown crust. If you are looking for a special dessert...you might want to give this a try!

16 comments:

  1. I would like to let you know that this is the most awesome blog I have ever seen. It reminds me of good times and good food.

    Keep up the good work!

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  2. i love bananas...cruises are fun, too!

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  3. The bananas would add a touch of extra sweetness...so good.

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  4. I'm new to your blog and love it!! I feel like I just got my favorite magazine in the mail or something.
    I really appreciate the simplified and very clear directions for this recipe. I've always wanted to try crème brulee but have been very intimidated for some reason.

    Thank you!!!

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  5. Seems to me that all I ever comment on your blog is "Yummy!" And here it is again!

    And today's word verification symbol is "surve". lol

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  6. RC food is amazing. We enjoyed our cruise on that line too!

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  7. I'm just wondering if you have a spare Brulee kicking around in the fridge. . it would be worth the trek to taste it.

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  8. You cannot believe how grateful I am that I just stumbled onto your blog. My husband is from a Mennonite background and he is always talking about the food his mother and especially his grandmother made. I never had the chance to meet either, they have bothed passed away. We live in the states, and most of his family live in Cananda; family recipes are very hard for me to find.
    So, thank you for these recipes! I cannot wait to make the plum Wareneki for him. and the borscht, and the cold fruit soup! You have made my day!! All of your recipes look fabulous!

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  9. What a special treat that would be! I love anything with bananas but hubby is not too found. I will make this when the kids all come home...they will be so happy. There is always ice cream in the freezer. Kathy

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  10. I love creme brulee - glad to see this on here!

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  11. yum! I just might dust off my stove and make this one.

    I had the Taco soup listed on this blog last night. It was WONDERFUL!

    Keep'm coming.

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  12. Looks absolutely scrumptious :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Oh my, PERFECTION! Easy and elegant! Just lovely. Thank you so very much for sharing this. it's a treasure.

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