Caramelized Banana with Chocolate Orange sauce

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Desserts
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Whoa, now that’s an interesting trio!!!

I have to mention this before I go ahead and continue with the post. The pictures do absolutely no justice to the dessert. The three flavors come together really well. And it’s a pretty guilt-free recipe. Just a few teaspoons of cream, and lots of fruits. So how did I come up with the recipe… Well a friend of ours gave us a huge bag full of hand picked oranges. There were so many of them, and I was starting to get worried that Amit is going to get a Vitamin C overdose. He was peeling one orange after another and polishing them off. And I had some leftover chocolate bars from the chocolate mousse I made last time. And well, the only way I ever eat bananas are if they are broiled and caramelized. So here’s the recipe for the amazingly delicious and heavenly Caramelized Banana with Chocolate Orange sauce. And you could make the sauce and use it for other desserts. I found the chocolate orange sauce recipe at a website. The link for the sauce recipe is given at the end of this post. I did make a couple of changes to make it less guilty.

Ingredients:

  1. 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate (chopped)
  2. 1/4 cup whipping cream
  3. 1/2 cup 2% milk
  4. Rind from half an orange
  5. 1 cup fresh orange juice
  6. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 5 teaspoons granulated sugar
  8. 2 bananas (sliced lengthwise and cut into 4 pieces)
  9. 2 Tbsp brown sugar for each banana
  10. 1 tbsp triple sec for each banana
  11. 1 teaspoon butter for each banana

Directions:

For the Chocolate Orange Sauce

  • Put the chopped chocolate in a large enough bowl.
  • Pour the cream, milk and the orange rind in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and cover the saucepan with plastic wrap. And leave it aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the orange juice and sugar on a low flame till the quantity reduces to half the initial quantity. Once the orange juice is reduced to half a cup remove and set aside.
  • Once 30 minutes have passed, bring the milk, cream and orange rind to a simmer once again and add the reduced orange juice to it. Let the mixture simmer for a minute. (if you do not like the orange rind in the sauce, you can strain this mixture before adding it to the chocolate.)
  • Next add this mixture to the chocolate pieces and once the chocolate pieces melt, blend the mixture using a hand mixer.
  • This sauce can be stored for upto a month in the refrigerator.

For the Caramelized Banana

  • Preheat the oven on the broiler setting to 500 F.
  • Melt the butter and mix the triple sec with it (amounts depending on the number of bananas you want to use).
  • Spread the mixture on both sides of the banana.
  • Now place the bananas on a baking dish and sprinkle some of the brown sugar on the top side.
  • Now place the baking dish in the oven and broil the bananas.
  • After about 5 minutes or when the bananas have caramelized on one side, turn the bananas over and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on the other side.
  • Again let this side brown in the broiler for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the banana slices from under the broiler and place it on a plate.
  • Next pour the chocolate orange sauce over the bananas and serve warm.

We loved this dessert. The orange flavor lightened the chocolate sauce.The small amount of cream makes it a less guilty version of the original recipe. The bananas, orange and chocolate flavors come together very well in this melt in your mouth dessert. It is also a very quick and easy to put together recipe and requires no exotic ingredients. But this is an awesome and very exotic tasting recipe. We loved it and I hope you do too. Enjoy!

And here’s the link to the recipe for chocolate orange sauce http://www.recchiuti.com/recipe_detail.html?recipe=11.

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