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3 bananas, thickly sliced into rounds To serve: 1½ tbsp unflavoured popping candy To serve: small mint leaves   Sweet pastry 80 gm softened butter 60 gm caster sugar Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean 1½ tbsp lightly beaten egg 165 gm plain flour To serve: icing sugar   Rice pudding 500 ml (2 cups) milk 125 ml (½ cup) pouring cream 50 gm carnaroli rice 1 small piece each thinly peeled lemon rind and orange rind 1 each star anise, cinnamon quill and whole clove 75 gm caster sugar 50 gm currants, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes, drained Finely grated rind of ½ lemon, juice of ¼   Caramel sauce 60 gm caster sugar 60 ml (¼ cup) pouring cream   Caramel custard 50 ml pouring cream 30 gm thick dulce de leche (see note) 25 ml milk 1 egg yolk   Golden rice For deep-frying: vegetable oil 25 gm wild black rice ¼ tsp edible gold powder (see note)


  • 01
  • For sweet pastry, beat butter, sugar and vanilla seeds in an electric mixer until pale (3-4 minutes), then beat in egg. Add flour and a pinch of salt, beat to just combine (the dough will be very soft), then turn out. Roll out between 2 pieces of baking paper to 3mm thick and about 26cm x 40cm. Place on a tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Preheat oven to 180C. Roughly cut out six 13cm-diameter rounds from pastry and line six 9cm-diameter tart tins. Prick bases all over with a fork, trim edges and freeze for 10 minutes. Bake until crisp and golden (10-12 minutes), then cool and store in an airtight container until required.
  • 02
  • For rice pudding, bring milk, cream, rice, rinds and spices to simmer in a saucepan, stirring continuously, until rice is tender and thick (18-20 minutes), then stir in sugar. Discard spices, cool rice to room temperature, then stir in currants, grated lemon rind and juice.
  • 03
  • For caramel sauce, pour sugar into a small frying pan over medium-high heat, swirling pan occasionally but not stirring, until caramelised (3-5 minutes). Add cream (take care, hot caramel may spit), stir to combine and boil for 1 minute, then add tsp sea salt. Stand for 5 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve and set aside.
  • 04
  • For caramel custard, stir cream, dulce de leche and milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat until combined, then bring to the simmer. Whisk yolk in a bowl until pale, pour cream mixture over and whisk to combine. Return to pan and stir continuously until mixture thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon (3-5 minutes). Strain into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.
  • 05
  • An hour before serving, add sliced banana to caramel sauce and set aside to marinate.
  • 06
  • For golden rice, preheat oil in a small saucepan to 200C. Add rice and as soon as it puffs and rises to the surface, remove with a metal sieve (1-3 minutes; take care, hot oil may spit). Drain well on absorbent paper, transfer to a small airtight container, add gold powder, seal and shake to coat evenly. Store in container until required.
  • 07
  • To serve, remove banana from caramel sauce, place on a foil-lined metal tray and caramelise with a blowtorch. Fill pastry tarts with 2 pieces of caramelised banana, top with rice pudding, then caramel custard. Top with popping candy and extra caramelised banana, drizzle with caramel sauce, scatter with golden rice, mint and icing sugar, and serve.

Note Dulce de leche is available online at, or select retailers. Edible gold powder is available from cake suppliers and select kitchenware shops.

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  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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