We know. Bananas stuffed with chocolate, wrapped in tinfoil and baked in embers are ridiculously tasty. We think that too. But what if camping’s most famous fallback pudding is actually standing in your way, stopping you from discovering other absurdly delicious banana-based treats? Treats inspired by classic Caribbean cocktails, involving caramelised bananas splashed with dark rum and spiked with lime...
Try it. Try it when you're camping, try it tonight for dinner at home, try it over French toast (seriously, do that) – even just stirred through yoghurt, or with a dollop of ice cream. They aren’t the most photogenic, but we're confident Dark & Stormy bananas will burrow even deeper into your camping repertoire than the baked chocolate lot. Even if it really is dark and stormy outside, these sweet, spicy, ever-so-slightly boozy bananas will fill your plate with sunshine.
Top tip: If you’re camp cooking for children, leave out the rum. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol doesn’t totally boil off. We like to replace it with (unsweetened) chai tea or a splash of coconut water, but plain water will do the trick too. This simple but effective recipe works equally well on a camping stove or over an open fire. Coconut oil adds extra summery flavour, but good old butter is a worthy substitute.
- 4 bananas, cut into diagonals 1cm thick
- 5 tablespoons dark rum
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons soft dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
To serve (optional): 4 slices French toast 4 dessertspoons crème fraîche, yoghurt or ice cream (coconut or vanilla work best)
Simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer.
Let it bubble away for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the bottom catching. Keep an eye on the syrup consistency – you might want it quite thin if you’re spooning the bananas over French toast, but if you’re stirring it through yoghurt then reduce it down further. As long as the bananas are soft and the spices, sugar, rum and lime have melted together into a beautiful shiny syrup, it’s going to be tremendous.
Serve hot or cold on its own; spooned over French toast; stirred through yoghurt/crème fraîche, or with a dollop of ice cream.
We can’t promise Caribbean weather, but depending on your choice of campsite you might not have to imagine golden sandy beaches. Enjoy.