Adults Only Banana Split

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Recipe by Naomi Sherman

It’s my son’s 25th birthday today and (I know this will shock you) I’m all about the food
I asked if he had any special requests and he threw a challenge at me to make a grown-up, fancy version of a banana split
Little Grasshopper, you need to give me something more difficult than that
I workshopped the idea with the ladies in my Edible Images Workshop group and this is what we came up with
Luxurious caramelised bananas, salted chocolate dipped wafers, vanilla bean ice cream, honey-roasted macadamia nuts and a boozy rum sauce
*flicks the shoulder of his shirt*
Son, your split has just been pimped


  • 4 Bananas

  • 4 ice cream wafers

  • 1/4 cup melted chocolate

  • 120 gram tub honey-roasted macadamia nuts

  • Vanilla bean ice cream

  • Sea salt

  • Rum Sauce:
  • 60 grams butter

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/4 cup cream

  • 2-4 tablespoons dark rum


  • To make the rum sauce, place the dark brown sugar, butter and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  • Increase the heat to high a boil for 1 minute, stirring the whole time.
  • Add the cream and the rum and boil for a further 4 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • The sauce will thicken as it cools and can be served warm or cold.
  • Cut your wafers in half diagonally and dip one edge into the melted chocolate.
  • Chill in the fridge on a tray covered with baking paper.
  • Split your bananas in half and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Using either a blowtorch or a hot grill, caramelise the sugar.
  • Brush some melted chocolate across your plate and then arrange your banana.
  • Add the ice cream, the wafers and a scatter of honey-roasted macadamias.
  • Finish off with a hefty drizzle of rum sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes.
  • Enjoy with a smug look on your face.