"We like to preserve our own cherries," says Rory Cowcher. "But if they aren't in season and you haven't preserved any in advance, we suggest using Luxardo preserved cherries."
- 400 ml pouring cream
- 60 gm caster sugar
- 6 slightly underripe bananas
- 100 gm brown sugar
- Maraschino cherries and syrup (see note), to serve
- 400 ml coconut milk (see note)
- 125 gm caster sugar
- Juice of ½ lime
- 75 gm dark chocolate pieces
- 25 gm caster sugar
- 2 tbsp thickened cream
- 15 gm unsalted butter
- 60 gm Brazil nuts
- 2 tsp liquid glucose
- Large pinch of caster sugar
- 1For coconut sorbet, simmer 100ml coconut milk with sugar, stirring over medium heat until sugar dissolves (4-5 minutes), cool, then add remaining coconut milk and lime. Churn in an ice-cream machine, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze. Makes 1 litre.
- 2For chocolate sauce, stir ingredients with 1 tbsp hot water in a saucepan until melted and smooth (5-7 minutes), then whisk to combine. Set aside at room temperature, or if made ahead, reheat very gently to serve.
- 3For candied nuts, preheat oven to 165°C and warm nuts on an oven tray lined with baking paper (5 minutes). Meanwhile, combine glucose, sugar and a large pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. While still hot, add nuts and mix thoroughly to coat evenly. Return nuts to lined oven tray and roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until nuts are caramelised (30-35 minutes). Set aside to cool, then coarsely chop. Store in an airtight container until required.
- 4Whisk cream, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a bowl to soft peaks. Transfer to a piping bag (ideally with a star nozzle) and refrigerate until required.
- 5Halve bananas lengthways with skin on and coat cut sides generously with brown sugar. Heat a frying pan over high heat, then add bananas in batches, cut-side down, and cook without moving until sugar caramelises and skin darkens around edge (4-6 minutes). Cool briefly.
- 6Pipe cream into bowls or into banana-split boats and top with peeled bananas, scoops of sorbet, chocolate sauce, cherries, a drizzle of cherry liquid and a sprinkle of crushed Brazil nuts. Serve immediately.
Luxardo maraschino cherries are available from select delicatessens. Cowcher and Murphy use Kara coconut milk for this recipe.
Drink suggestion: A rich dessert wine with some freshness matches really well; we like the 2010 Sorelle Palazzi Vin Santo "Riserva" from Italy. Drink suggestion by Mark Williamson.