Banana splits

Preparation time
30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 4

From The Hairy Bikers' Comfort Food


For the candied hazelnuts

  • 50g/1¾oz shelled hazelnuts, toasted, skins rubbed off
  • 25g/1oz caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

For the chocolate rum sauce

  • 100g/3½oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 50ml/2fl oz whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • small knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp rum

For the banana splits

  • 50g/1¾oz butter
  • 4 large bananas, split lengthways and halved
  • 75g/2¾oz light soft brown sugar
  • pinch of salt

To serve

  • ice cream
  • whipped cream


  1. For the candied hazelnuts, line a baking tray with baking paper. Put the hazelnuts, sugar and butter into a small frying pan. Cook over a low heat until the sugar has melted, swirling occasionally but not stirring.

  2. Turn up the heat slightly and continue to cook and swirl until the caramel has turned a deep golden-brown. Immediately tip the hazelnuts on to the baking tray and separate them out. Leave to harden and break up a little if you want them in smaller pieces.

  3. For the chocolate sauce. Put the chocolate, cream and golden syrup into a saucepan and melt on a very low heat, whisking to combine. Whisk in the butter and rum, and keep warm while you prepare the bananas.

  4. For the banana splits, gently melt the butter in a large frying pan. When it starts foaming, add the bananas, then sprinkle over the sugar and a pinch of salt. Turn up the heat to medium-high and cook the bananas, turning every so often, until they are well coated in caramelised, buttery sugar.

  5. Divide the bananas between four bowls and top with ice cream, whipped cream, the candied hazelnuts and the chocolate rum sauce.

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