Butterscotch Sauce with Burnt-Butter Bananas and Ice Cream


  • 1/2 firmly packed cup (125g) brown sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) pure (thin) cream
  • 4 firm, ripe bananas
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 8 small scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup (75g) salted peanuts, roughly chopped


1.  Dessert bowls in the freezer to chill.
2. Sugar and 100g butter in a saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until sugar dissolves. Whisking constantly, slowly add cream (mixture may spatter), then cook for a further 1 minute or until smooth and combined. Remove from heat, add 1 tsp salt flakes and stir to dissolve. Set aside and keep warm.

3. Melt another 25g butter in a frypan over medium heat until foaming. Peel 2 bananas and slice lengthways. Add half the lemon juice and banana slices to the pan. Cook on each side for 1-2 minutes until bananas are softened and light golden, but still holding their shape. Set aside and keep warm. Repeat with remaining 25g butter, lemon juice and bananas.

4. Remove the bowls from the freezer and place 2 scoops of ice cream in each. Add 2 banana slices to each bowl, then top with warm butterscotch sauce and chopped peanuts to serve.

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