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Banana Rum Fool with Candied Ginger

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Banana Rum Fool with Candied Ginger

Banana Rum Fool with Candied Ginger

A fool is a traditional British dessert made with cooked fruit that is then pureed or mashed and mixed with cream. Gooseberries were the fruit of choice in the past but any fruit can be used. This recipe uses bananas, rum, and candied ginger to create a fool with a more Caribbean twist.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large bananas
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum, such as Meyer's
  • 1/2 cup candied (crystallized) ginger, sliced thin
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Preparation:

Makes 4 servings. Needed: 4 wine glasses or other nice glasses.

Heat the butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Peel and slice three of the bananas into 1/2 inch pieces. When the butter melts, add the banana pieces, the brown sugar, and 3/4 of the candied ginger (reserve the other 1/4 for topping later). Heat, stirring occasionally, until the brown sugar melts. Remove the pan from heat and add the rum. Return to heat and cook for another minute. The bananas should soften and break up as you stir them. Transfer the banana mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl and refrigerate.

Whip the heavy cream until it begins to thicken. Add the 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue to whip until soft peaks form.

Gently fold 3/4 of the whipped cream into the banana mixture. Divide the banana rum fool evenly between 4 glasses. Use two spoons, one to scoop and the other to scrap off the fool. Top each glass with a large scoop of the reserved plain whipped cream.

Peel the remaining banana. Slice it into four sections (one cut lengthwise and another across the center). Finely chop about 2 tablespoon of the reserved sliced ginger. Press the cut side of each banana piece into the chopped ginger until the ginger sticks. Put the banana piece into the dessert glass long side up. Place a few pieces of sliced ginger on top of the whipped cream of each serving.

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