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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Caramelized Plantains in Shaved Ice



When my mom told me about this snack she used to have as a child, I looked at her like she was crazy. My skepticism remained as she prepared this dessert/treat next to me, while I tinkered away at making another fruity smoothie. Yes, I've been in smoothie mode lately. It's summer. Anyway, it was kind of like the banana cue but with shaved ice and evaporated milk. It reminded me of a Filipino dessert called halo-halo (said like hallow). Don't worry I'll be making that very soon.

I'd glance over to her every once in a while as to how she was preparing it. No oil involved in this. The banana simmered in water and brown sugar until it was of a caramel color and the water has turned into a syrup-like consistency. She plates the bananas, while I shave the ice. I scoop a hefty serving over the bananas and drizzle some evaporated milk. I dig in.

POW!!!! Was this so good? You bet it was. The combination of the sweetness from the banana and the evaporated milk. The ice and milk are like a sauce for the banana. I devoured that very bowl you see in the picture. Well, the contents of it. It's great to enjoy the snacks and foods my mom grew up eating. Sort of makes me homesick for the Philippines. I actually want to make some more.

Oh, you can do this with sweet potatoes, too.



Caramelized Plantains in Shaved Ice

2 Large plantains (peeled and sliced)
2 c water
1 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
evaporated milk
shaved ice

Place the water, plantains and sugar in the wok or pan. On a medium, flame heat the contents until the water become a syrup-like consistency and the bananas have a caramel like color. Be sure to turn them every once in a while to avoid sticking to the pan. You may add more sugar, if you prefer it to be extra sweet.

Shave lots of ice.

Place the bananas in a bowl with a little drizzle of the syrup. Top with the shaved ice and pour over some of the evaorated milk. Again as to how much will be to your preference.

The heat of the banana will melt the ice.


41 comments:

Parita said...

OMG Jenn i dont have any words! thats so unique combination! you are so creative my dear :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

This sounds fascinating, I'd love to try it :)

Denise said...

I love plantains. These look so good. That combo cant be beat.

Miranda said...

Very very unique, Jenn.

Believe it or not the only time I had plantains was visiting Bahama Breeze. They are always at the farmers market. I need to give them a try.

Did you get me email?

Debbie said...

That just looks so good. I recently had plantains for the first time and they were delicious. I know I would love this!

Vrinda said...

I lov caramalized plantains,so tempting look...yumm

Sippity Sup said...

A very interesting combination of tastes, textures and temperatures. Love it. GREG

the ungourmet said...

I can't believe that I still have not eaten a plantain! I must go buy some today! This looks so delicious and easy to make.

You're funny! What, you didn't eat the bowl too! HA!

My son insisted on pushing the cart. Thank goodness there were no fatalities! ;0)

Leela said...

Jenn, this looks *amazing*. Love, love, love shaved ice desserts. As you know, I'm living in the sauna that is Bangkok right now and a bowl of this is just what I need.

Mary said...

I've never seen anything like this before. It sounds really workable and I trust your judgment. Count me in!

OysterCulture said...

Wow - this sounds amazing, I'll shock my hubby with it - he LOVES plantains!

The American Homemaker said...

That looks fantastic :)

pigpigscorner said...

We have a dessert that uses shaved iced and evaporated too served with random bits of stuff like peanuts, corn, red beans...and also some syrup. The caramelised plantains sounds yummy with the shaved ice!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love plantains but never would have thought to have them in combination with shaved ice - sounds really excellent!

Pam said...

I've never had something like this before but I am sure I would love it.

Michelle @ No Time to Weight said...

Oh Dear Lord! This looks soooo good!

Phyllis said...

Anything with evaporated milk drizzled over it sounds good to me! You're getting good use out of that hand crank ice-shaver ;)

Jenn said...

Partia: hehe...;-)

HH: You should. It's really tasty.

Denise: Yes, indeed.

Miranda: Don't think got your email.

Debbie: Plantains are really awesome.

Vrinda: ;-)

Greg: Thanks.

Ungourmet: LOL.

Leela: This is a perfect treat on a hot weathery day.

Mary: Woohoo...hehe...;-)

Oyster: The hubby will love this then.

American Homemaker: Thanks.

pigpigscorner: Neat. i love shaved Ice desserts.

5 star: Thanks.

Pam: I'm sure you would too.

Michelle: Thanks.

The Duo Dishes said...

"Oh, you can do this with sweet potatoes, too."

Thanks for answering the question that was in our minds! Of course, it'd be just perfecto to try the original first.

girlichef said...

Wow...fabulous!! I wish I had the ingredients to make this right now because it would totally hit the spot. Awesome recipe...thanks Jenn :D

Jenn said...

Duo Dishes: I put that last part just for you guys. ;-)

girlichef: Thanks.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

What an interesting dessert....sounds delicious!

Jenn said...

nutmeg: Thanks.

Teanna said...

Oh my god STOP IT! That is CRAZY! I need to try this! SERIOUSLY! I love shaved ice, I love plantains! I can totally taste it now...

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Sounds really yummy! It looks lovely too!

Dawn said...

can you believe I got in ok? wow. well I had to say this does sound good. I love things kicked up a few notches, so I'm all over this one.

burpandslurp said...

oh freaking wow ow ow! I'm glad your mom shared this with you, because it looks and sounds GREAT! This'll probably be good with kabocha too? Hee hee hee!

Kim McDougal, Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet said...

WOW! I was laughing, drooling, wish I had it in front of me now so I can devour it! I bet I could do it with one spoonful too! LOL!

Jenn said...

Teanna: You'll Love this!!

Jenn: Thanks.

Dawn: Long time no see. ;-)

burpandslurp: definitely give it a try with kabocha.

Kim: LOL.

Hummingbird Appetite said...

Looks mouthwatering! This might be a stupid question, but how do you shave ice at home?

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds wonderfully amazing. What a dleightful treat this must be. Id love to try this!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks so yummy! I've never seen anything like it.

MrsLavendula said...

one of my favorite treats on a hot summer day!

Jenn said...

Hummingbird: I have a old hand cranked ice shaver.

Donna: Give it a try.

Reeni: Thanks.

MrsLavendula: I love anything with shaved ice and evapo milk.

Finsmom said...

Ive never tried a plantain, but this looks great!

lisaiscooking said...

This sounds fantastic, and I love that the plantains aren't fried. The sweet potato version sounds great too.

Jenn said...

finsmom: plantains are good. ;-)

Lisa: Thanks.

Tangled Noodle said...

[Squealing with delight] You are a goddess!!! I've been wanting to make halo-halo fillings 'from scratch' rather than rely on the bottled stuff and this is absolutely perfect! (and thank you for mentioning that it works with kamote, too!)

Is it coincidence or are you related in any way to the famous halo-halo haven Razon's in the Philippines? Because, grrrl, their halo halo ONLY has sweetened plaintain, ice and caraboa milk! I'm coming over to your house . . .

Jenn said...

Tangled Noodle: I think it's just coincidence. No relation. Though, it would be nice if I was. LOL. They do have great halo-halo.

nora@ffr said...

vat a great combo jenn!! i shud give a shot soon :)
cheers!!

Jenn said...

Nora: thanks.

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