Caramelised bananas get a makeover, with the addition of a super-easy ice-cream and the bitter crunch of praline.
4 overripe bananas
1 cup dulce de leche (Cover a can of condensed milk with cold water, boil for 2 hours, topping up water as needed. Remove, cool and use.)
cup caster sugar
cup brown sugar
4 ripe bananas, peeled and cut in thick slices on an angle
For icecream, blend bananas in a food processor until smooth. Add dulce de leche and blend. Pour into plastic container and place in freezer for 4 hours until firm.
For praline, line a baking tray with baking paper. Heat a heavy-based frying pan over high heat. Slowly sprinkle in the sugar, allowing it to melt before adding more. As it melts, stir with a wooden spoon to ensure it doesn't burn. Keep adding the sugar and stirring until it is a dark golden-brown colour. Quickly add the almonds and pour the mixture onto the tray. Allow to cool, then break into large chunks and place in a food processor. Pulse until roughly crushed.
For bananas, melt butter in a pan over medium heat, add brown sugar and stir. Cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring, until caramel forms. Add sliced banana and continue to cook until banana is soft and golden.
Remove from heat. Serve bananas drizzled with any extra caramel from the pan. Add a scoop of icecream and sprinkle with praline.
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