Looking for a scrumptious dessert for the BBQ?

Another super-easy one-skillet dessert, this recipe is great proof that sometimes you really can’t beat simplicity. We were first served a version of it by our good friend Ananda, the chef and manager at the amazing Last House in Sri Lanka, and we’ve been regularly making it at home ever since. If you want your friends to go “yum”, this is the one!

Caramelised Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream

Serves 2-4


60ml water
60g unrefined brown sugar
4 bananas, peeled and cut into about 3cm pieces
½ tsp vanilla extract
20g butter
vanilla ice cream, to serve


Heat a skillet on your chosen outdoor heat source (or on the hob if cooking indoors), then add the water and sugar and heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Add the bananas and vanilla extract and gently stir. Cook for about 5-10 minutes, moving the bananas around, until they appear soft, adding little splashes of water as needed if the caramel starts to look too thick or as if it’s going to burn.

Add the butter and when it’s melted and mixed through, spoon the bananas into bowls and add a generous amount of vanilla ice cream. Serve immediately.

As a final touch, you can add a little water to the used skillet and heat until the water has reduced down, then drizzle the sticky remains over the bananas and ice cream.


Extracted from Fresh Veggie BBQ by David & Charlotte Bailey (Pavilion Books, approx €17).




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