Love at first bite- Banana and Salted Caramel Semi freddo

My Grandmother never had the slightest idea I was down at the  milk bar with my skirt hitched up.  This is where I escaped to each and every Saturday while the rest of my “patrol” was in pow-wow

Nana or Cap  (tain) as we were required to call her on Saturdays , was the  formidable leader of the St Johns Girl Guide Brigade. On this day of the week, she ceased to be a sweet old lady , she was thoughly convinced she was going to change the world one Girl  Guide at a time. On the occasion she would make us promise that we would wait till we were married,  and only then, we should be dutiful, and lie back and think of England. The trouble with this advise , at the time, was that we weren’t sure what we were supposed to be waiting for or why England was involved.

After ‘Colours ‘, the sombre raising of the flag, saluting and singing the national anthem we were given tasks such as practising knots and bandages or learning songs.  We moved off into groups called “patrols” which were lead by a patrol leader and their 2ic.  All of the action happened behind old wheel around hospital screens which where procured from Parramatta hospital where Nana was a receptionist for many years.

While everyone was holed up in their patrols (given Australian names … Waratahs, Wattles, Black Swans), behind their screens.  I would take the opportunity to sneak off disappearing down the road to the milk bar, once the centre of ‘chill’ on a Saturday afternoon. I had 1 hour and always lots of lookouts who would say I was in the bathroom, or getting more ropes for tying knots,or helping someone else ( I was so thoughtful). During the hour that I knew I had, there was lots to do, including looking for boys and eating Banana Paddle Pops. It was surprising how alluring one could be in a hitched up Guide uniform…………. If Cap ever found out, the disappointment and repercussions would both have been enormous……..but incredibly she did not.

I have decided to share a very upmarket version of Banana Ice cream for this February’s Sweet Blog Hop, hosted by Dining with a Stud. This certainly would not have been available at the milk bar , but thankfully times have changed…………

Banana Semi Freddo with Salted Caramel ,Chocolate and Praline

  • 1 tin ( 400gm) condensed milk
  • 600ml thickened cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 pureed bananas ( medium size- or 1 large)
  1. Empty Condensed milk into the bowl of your mixer
  2. Scrap the vanilla bean into the bowl.
  3. Pour in thickened cream
  4. Mix these together till light and starting to thicken.
  5. Mix through the pureed banana
  6. Freeze completely overnight of 3-4 hours- in a brownie tin, lined with plastic

Or for a lighter finish pour into an icecream machine and churn as per the manufacturers instructions

Salted Caramel

  • 250g granulated sugar
  • 25ml water
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150g unsalted butter, diced
  • Maldon salt, to taste
Put the sugar and water in a heavy-based pan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat and cook without stirring until a rich, deep golden caramel is obtained, being careful not to take it too far or it will be bitter. The moment you are happy with the colour, remove the pan from the heat and pour in the double cream little by little; take care, as it will spit. Whisk until the caramel has dissolved. Cool slightly, then whisk in the butter a little at a time. Add the salt to your taste; start off with a pinch and gradually increase it until you achieve a slight saltiness. Leave to cool completely
To plate
  • 150gm dark (54%) chocolate melted and spread onto paper in rectangles and cooled
  • 2 bananas cut into rounds or cylinders
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar ( caster)
Roll the banana in sugar and put into a hot pan cooking on all sides until caramelized and golden, put aside till needed
  • 150ml whipped cream
  • Chocolate sticks(Biscuits), cut in half
  • Praline recipe here
To put your dessert together:
Cut the semifreddo into equal sized rectangles. Leave in the freezer till ready to plate. Spread a little whipped cream onto each plate and put 3 equal sized chocolate sticks onto the cream and top with the semi freddo.
Put three teaspoons of salted caramel and 3 pieces of banana onto the top of each dish and top with a rectangle of chocolate. Finish with crushed praline and serve immediately

 Microformatting by hRecipe.

 Did you have to do something as a child that you didnt like?

Sweet Adventures is a monthly, dessert-themed blog hop organised by JJ from 84th & 3rd, KC from The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, Jennifer from DelicieuxNic from Dining with a Studand Christina from The Hungry Australian

This month’s Blog Hop event, Love At First Bite, is being hosted by Nic from Dining With A Stud.  We hope you enjoy this fun desserts event.  Check out all of the other delicious Love At First Bite submissions below.

For detailed instructions on how to join this fun event, check out Nic’s blog.

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