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    Banana, Baileys and Brazil Nut Brûlèe

    There is something special about the sound of a crisp caramel brûlée top cracking - and the addition of Brazil nuts makes it an even better experience. This rich and indulgent grown-up dessert can be made in one large or six individual dishes.

    • Preparation time: 10-15 minutes, plus at least 2 hours chilling
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes to 20 minutes
    • Total time: 2 hours 25 minutes to 2 hours 35 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 35 minutes

    Serves: 6


    • 50ml Waitrose Whole Milk
    • 568ml pot Waitrose Double Cream
    • 100ml Baileys™ Original Irish Cream liqueur
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 medium egg, plus 3 medium egg yolks
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 3 small Caribbean bananas
    • 100g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped


    1. Pour the milk, cream and Baileys™ into a pan and stir in the vanilla extract. Heat gently over a low heat until almost boiling.
    2. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, lightly whisk together the egg, egg yolks and half of the sugar, until smooth and creamy.
    3. Gradually pour the hot cream mixture over the eggs, whisking constantly, until smooth and combined. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, for 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Pour through a fine sieve into a large jug.
    4. Slice the bananas and divide between 6 x 150ml ramekin dishes. Pour the custard mixture evenly over the top, tapping the dishes gently to level the surface. Allow to cool, then chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight, until set.
    5. Just before serving, preheat the grill to high. Sprinkle the remaining caster sugar over the custards and grill for 2 minutes, or until golden and caramelised. Sprinkle with the chopped Brazil nuts and return to the grill for 30-60 seconds to brown lightly. Allow to stand for 1 minute to allow the caramel to harden, then serve.
    6. This recipe was first published on Waitrose.com in March 2004.

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    Make one large brûlée in a 20cm flameproof dish, instead of using ramekins.


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