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August 3, 2014

Caramelized Banana Compote with Vanilla Ice Cream

There was a time my family lived in a house with a big garden filled with fruit trees: avocado, orange, lemon, lime, blackberry, papaya, passion fruit, guava, jaboticaba, and one of my favorites, banana. In the U.S., a single type of bananas dominates, but in Brazil we have 5 delicious kinds: nanica (dwarf), prata (lady's finger), da terra (plantain), ouro (sugar), maçã (apple or silk).

All year around we had fresh fruit in our backyard, and one of my family traditions was never to waste them, so besides just picking and eating them we would make smoothies, jams, jelly, preserves, spreads, compotes, never to waste a fruit even when it got overripe.

 

Every week we buy bananas, but sometimes we buy too many and if they get overripe no one wants to eat them, and that's what happened this week, so naturally, I followed my family tradition and made this banana compote this morning. It's easy, and it's delicious with vanilla ice cream. 


I made this recipe with only 6 bananas because that's what I had, but you can always adapt the ingredient quantities depending on how many bananas you are going to use.

Caramelized Banana Compote

♥ 6 ripe organic bananas
♥ 1 cup demerara sugar
♥ lime juice of half lime
♥ 3-4 drops pure vanilla extract (some people use cinnamon, or clove extract)

Slice the bananas. Bring enough water to cover the bananas to boil; place the sliced bananas in the water and turn the heat to medium low and let them cook; don't stir and don't cover the pan.
When it foams up drain the bananas and place them in a plate; squeeze the lime juice on top of them so they don't get black.

Place the sugar in a saucepan over low heat stirring constantly until it is crumbly. Pour a cup of boiling water into the pan and stir until the sugar  dissolves. Voilá, you have just made some syrup. ♥ Always be careful not to spill boiling water on yourself when you pour it over the crumbly sugar.

Add the bananas into the syrup, and then the vanilla extract, cover the pan and let it cook slowly to a gentle boil for about 15 minutes. Once the mixture is getting thick stir it until it reaches a paste-like texture. The compote does not need to be too thick as it will thicken once out of the heat.

Top it with vanilla ice cream and savor it slowly.

18 comments :

  1. Fica muiito boa essa misturinha! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

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    1. Fica mesmo né Chica? E você, ainda na praia?

      Beijos

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  2. Durante aproximadamente 25 anos morei em uma cidade onde a sobremesa oficial de TODAS a festas era banana caramelada com sorvete. É uma delícia e acho muito interessante a ideia de que podemos aproveitar - até o fim - todas as frutas.

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    1. É mesmo? Em Lavras esse doce era mais servido qdo se recebia alguém em casa de tardezinha, visita informal.

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  3. A fabulous treat! That compote is such a great accompaniment to vanilla ice cream.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hello Rosa. It's an easy and yummy way to 'not waste' such delicious fruit.

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  4. Hello Regina, your photos are looking beautiful! Sadly, Bananas are one fruit I don't like but your photos make them look delicious I must say! Wishing you a lovely week! We are still enjoying warm weather down south! Hugs Sharon x

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    1. Really, you need to go to Brazil Sharon to try some of our bananas, I bet you would change your mind about bananas :)

      Cheers

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  5. Ey regina this looks amazing. Does it tastes similar to that candy called BANANADA?! I loooove it!

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    1. Hi Fran! Yes, it is, but it's soft, it melts in your mouth :)

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  6. O doce deve ter ficado uma delícia, mas o que mais me chamou a atenção foi a toalhinha que você colocou no prato.
    Que toalhinha mais linda! Amei.
    Beijos

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    1. Oi Águida, tudo bem? A toalhinha é um pano de prato :)

      Beijos

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    1. Thank you Elin, but I think I don't write recipes enough to be featured in your blog, which I visited and liked a lot.

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  8. Então você já morou em um lugar com pomar. Que delícia! Que benção! Essa banana caramelizada me parece muito saborosa, especialmente com um sorvetinho. Boa sugestão! Beijos.

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    1. Era uma benção mesmo Paula, os anos que vivi naquela casa foram bons demais.

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  9. Nossa Regina está lindo de mais o teu blog sem falar nas lindas imagens parabéns,e vendo está receita com banana tu me deu a ideia,aqui em casa as bananeiras estão cheias de cachos de banana sempre distribuo para os vizinhos e amigos mas tem sempre algumas que estragão e acabam indo fora agora vou fazer está compota.Beijos.

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    1. Oi Andréa, que bom ter você por aqui, e muito obrigada pelo carinho :)

      Banana do fundo do quintal, banana orgânica, isso é tudo de bom, e nada de jogá-las fora, quando muito maduras é hora de fazer doce com elas.

      Um grande abraço pra você.

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