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Camp Bananas from Wild Child: Adventure Cooking with Kids by Sarah Glover
Recipes
June 2021
Reading time 10 minutes
Recipe from Wild Child: Adventure Cooking with Kids by Sarah Glover.
Serves
4
Ingredients
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 cup (150 g) large, flat chocolate discs or buttons
  • 1⁄3 cup (75 g) superfine (caster) sugar
Method

Quick and fun, this is probably one of the easiest campfire desserts you will ever make. Plus, kids love seeing the bananas cook and caramelize in front of their eyes. You’re placing the bananas straight onto the fire, so make sure the adults help with cooking.

Light your fire and let it burn down for about an hour, or until you obtain a hot heat – you need a hot fire to caramelise the sugar.

Grab a banana and tear off a strip of the skin, exposing some of the flesh. Repeat with the remaining bananas. Gently press the chocolate buttons around the side of each banana, so they stick inside the skin (this will allow the chocolate to melt without burning in the fire). Coat the exposed strip of banana flesh with superfine sugar; it will melt in the heat of the fire and turn to toffee, so you’ll want to add a generous amount – more sugar means more delicious toffee.

Using a pair of long tongs, arrange the bananas under a burning log or really hot coals, which will act as a blowtorch on the sugar. Leave to cook in the fire for two to five minutes, or until the sugar has melted into toffee. Remove the caramelized bananas with the tongs, let cool briefly, and serve.


Wild Child: Adventure Cooking with Kids by Sarah Glover is published by Prestel.

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