Bananas Brulee

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Introduction: Bananas Brulee

Nothing says "Dessert!" like a propane torch. This dessert is fast and easy to make, and most guests are impressed by the visual appeal of combining of dangerous tools and food!

Also, since Valentine's Day is coming up, this is a good way to make your special someone a unique treat while also wooing them with your torch wielding skills. Maybe if you have some properly curved bananas you can arrange them in the shape of a heart!

Also, it's a great treat for the kids. Even the young ones can help out with cutting the bananas or spooning on the sugar.

DANGER! DANGER! - This instructable uses a propane torch with an open flame capable of burning skin, hair, clothing, pets, furniture, and pretty much anything else combustible if it isn't used properly. If it is used properly, then none of those things should happen. Personal protective equipment should be used when appropriate.

Credit where credit is due - I learned about this from Alton Brown's TV show Good Eats. Check it out sometime, best cooking show ever.

Step 1: What You Need

You need some bananas (obviously), sugar, and a torch of some sort. A propane torch works fine, but the little hand-held butane torches will work too. Lighters, matches, and hair-dryers won't work. A scaled down version of Archimedes death ray might work, but that seems like too much trouble to construct.

Also, you'll need something fireproof to work on. We usually use a cookie sheet. Be careful you don't melt anything underneath it.

Step 2: Preparations

Leave the peels on and cut the bananas lengthwise, then crosswise to get 4 pieces with large flat sides. Coat the exposed side with sugar. You can either spread the sugar out on a plate and rub the banana into it, or sprinkle it on with a spoon. We like the spoon method.

Step 3: Meltdown

This is the tricky part. You need to melt the sugar and carmelize it, but NOT burn it. Sugar can catch on fire if you heat it too much. Also, make sure the peels are still on. If you remove the peels, the sides of the bananas will burn.

Light the torch and apply the flame to the sugar. Only the tip of the flame needs to touch the sugar. It will start to melt, then bubble and turn brown. Keep the torch moving so you don't over do it and burn the sugar.

The caramel is done it should have a shiny, glassy appearance.

Step 4: Enjoy

Let it cool a minute or so and enjoy. If you let them sit too long, the caramel will get soggy. Letting them sit for too long has never been a problem at our house.

Hope you liked our instructable and you try it for yourself! Vote for it if you like it.

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I am addicted to these. I have eaten them everyday this week.

your standard flick your  bic lighter probably wouldn't work.  you need something that can shoot the flame downward.  the lighters that look like a little blowtorch might do it.


Haha! Using a shop tool to create yummy food is funny enough, but a picture of a kid using a propane torch? What's next, making soup with a blowtorch? Who knows. Maybe one day the idea of "utensils" will change this will be part of every day living.

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i sometimes put bread on my grill to make some toast, its way faster then the toaster too.

actually it is easier then you think to make soup with a blow torch. it is really funny to see peoples reactions when they walk into the kitchen and see you making soup with a blow torch.

I remember the propane torch in the shop. It specifically said "Keep out of reach of children.".

dude, I have seen a can of soda that said keep away from children. it is weird

??? Turbocarbonated! Yeah!!! You know those ones that jump 20 feet in the air when you open them?

thats what happens when you shake them up and open them upside. (I think that it said keep out of reach of children because of the sharp edges)

(But why would a can have sharp edges? When you open it and the hole thingy cuts your lip?)

you have a talking torch? cool. seriously though, she was under direct adult supervision. if she couldn't handle it safely, I wouldn't have let her do it.

Uhh... You know what I mean by "said". PS: Yes I do know that you know what I mean by "said". I'm not stuipid. I'm just replying in a weird way. Meh I'm (security question - my age is (100/5)-15*4. That's right. I'm too young for I*s*r*c*a*l*s) and I know perfectly well how to use a propane torch WITHOUT aduly supervision. I don't endorse showing off, just very satisfied with my experience.

my age is (100/5)-15*4.

(100/5)-15*4 = -40. unless you have a negative age, I think you made a mistake in your calculation.

BODMAS/BOMDAS huh? My age is ((100/5)-15)*4 I like the "straight-up-and-down" sums which you just follow, no need for operation order.

Wonderful, and your kids are freaking adorable.

I found that if you just wave the torch over the sugar to melt it, and not make it turn brown it tastes even better.

it is really awesome.

This does look delicious. Maybe with proper care you can do it in front of your guests / significant a-la-teriyaki style. Very good work sir.