Banana Eton MessHeston Blumenthal at Home
This was a back up dessert. I was pretty worried about how the previous Pain Perdu with Bacon and Egg Ice cream would go, so made this as well.
'Traditional' Eton mess uses strawberries, but Heston says bananas are also authentic. You know what bananas were? In season. So - banana Eton mess it is.
This recipe has a few components:
- Hazelnut brittle
- Banana puree
- Lime cream
MeringuesSince this was a second, back up dessert... I cheated an bought some.
Hazelnut brittleRoast the hazelnuts in the oven.
Or be lazy and toast them in a frypan.
Now to make the caramel. This is a wet caramel - that is, one that starts out with water in it, that gets heated off. So it goes from this...
Then we add the hazelnuts...
Banana puree time!
After making those hazelnuts, you are probably thinking... you know what this needs? More caramel!
Unrefined caster sugar...
Into a dry burn caramel ...
Drop in some bananas...
Put the caramel-coated bananas into the food processor...
And whiz until a smooth puree. Pop it into the fridge to chill completely.
- Lime juice can be a tad overpowering. Add to taste, rather than believing things boldly like "juice of 4 limes"
- Bananas should be very ripe. Mine were just ripe, but needed a bit more banana flavour oomph.
- I liked it, but thought the strawberry sort-of-Eton-mess - Diamond Jubilee Strawberry Crumble Crunch was nicer.
- It was easy to make.
- Lime was a bit overpowering, taking over from the banana which was disappointing.
Guest opinions:In a case of damned with faint praise, the guests thought it was nice... but just nice.
Super taster husband noted the bananas had a faint 'green banana' flavour that carried through the dish.
The hazelnut brittle was the most well liked component. I'd probably consider making just that on its own. Yum.
Next: French Onion Soup. The laziest version ever.