Jul 4, 2008

Caramelized Banana with Creme Fraiche

I wake up at 8:30 a.m. every morning, without my alarm clock.
And that also applies to weekends,
Something must be wrong with me,
No matter how tired I was, or how late I went to bed,
8:30 a.m.
My eyes will be wide open, starring at the ceiling.

Same thing today.
And I'm starving.
Time to get out of the bed,
So my morning routine goes:
Fold the bed sheet, use the bathroom, clean up my face, and open the fridge.
Yeah! I said open the fridge!
I'll be walking like a zombie if I don't eat something in the morning.

Sticking my head inside the fridge,
There! I found a banana,
And I'm gonna pump it up with something else,
One simple banana can't satisfy my monster stomach this morning.

Caramelized Banana with Creme Fraiche-


1 banana (preferably riped)
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
2 drops of vanilla extract
2 scoops of creme fraiche
Some aged balsamic vinegar


Put the butter in the skillet and heat it up,
After the butter's melted, evenly sprinkle some brown sugar into the skillet.
Add the vanilla extract,
Stir it well and wait until the the sugar started to caramelize.

Before the sugar get hard (don't wait too long), add the peeled banana into the skillet.
Sear every side well,
You can tell when the banana gets this nice brown color on all sides.
Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 5 or 6 pieces.

Scoop some creme fraiche (if you can make it, that's even better!) and drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the banana.

Banana makeover!
Even without creme fraiche and balsamic vinegar,
This dish will still taste good,
When you bite into banana pieces,
You get this crunchy sugar crust with soft and warm center,
Infused with the aroma from vanilla extract,
If you want,
Substitute creme fraiche with vanilla ice cream,
A nice breakfast turned wonderful dessert!

Cindy's Rating: 6


  1. Very intriguing! Cool recipe and great directions, and delicious photos!

  2. To WSL 198787~
    Thank you!
    I got this bottle of aged balsamic vinegar the other day and was trying to figure out where can I use it,
    Then I found my banana in the fridge!

  3. Now this looks like a fantastic dessert!

  4. To My Sweet & Saucy~
    Good for dessert and good for breakfast!

  5. Great desserts! Creative use of bananas and balsamic vinegar, goes great with caramelized pears. And then you add creme fraiche! Yum!

  6. To Tartelette~
    Oh yeah pears!
    My aunt just gave me some, maybe I can try it out today, thanks!

  7. Oh my God. You are trying to kill me. I love this!

  8. To Zen Chef~
    Muahahaha (holding my knife here)~
    Help me think of some ways to use balsamic vinegar~
    I have a bottle here, bought it when I went in to a specialty store that sells all kinds of olive oils, salts, and balsamic vinegar...
    Minutes after that...I got one bottle for myself..even though I rarely use it..

  9. Make Panna Cotta with Balsamic strawberries. Delicious! :-) There's a recipe by Mario Batali on epicurious.com
    More infos will cost you a date! hahaha. Kiddiing!!.. hmm fine.

    Try vinaigrette with balsamic, you can also reduce it and drizzle it over pork chop or steak. Maybe a bruschetta with crushed peas, asparagus tips, shaved pecorino and a drizzle of reduced balsamic? Yum! Okay, more infos will cost you a date and a picture of your afro hairdew! :-)

  10. To Zen Chef~
    Haha you just made me smiled!