Our last trip to Thailand was nearly three months ago, but it seems like only yesterday we were eating the most delicious Thai desserts…because we were. As the title suggests, this next series will feature three desserts that we enjoyed eating in Thailand. First up is Hot Caramel Bananas. A blog post led us to Bamboo Bee, a delicious vegetarian restaurant in Chiang Mai that we ate at twice during the last two days of our stay. Encouraged by the writer, we tried this popular dessert, and have thought about it ever since. Simple and satisfying, here is my version. Healthy? Not quite. Good for the soul? You betcha. Keep the servings small and share this treat with several friends.
Ingredients (serves 5-6, generously)
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4-6 bananas, sliced
Black sesame seeds
Combine the butter, cream, brown sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium-high heat. I should note that you are free to play with the ingredient ratios – more or less cream, butter, sugar, etc. Whisk continuously until the sugar is melted and well combined and the sauce begins to bubble (3-5 minutes). Remove from the heat, and, working in batches, add the sliced bananas to the saucepan to warm them and coat with the sauce. Fish out the bananas and divide them into several small serving dishes. Spoon over a little extra caramel sauce, and top with black sesame seeds. Serve immediately.