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China Grill Bananas in a Box


BANANAS IN A BOX
China Grill Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Caramel Sauce:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup heavy cream

Pastry Cream:
1 cup caramel sauce
1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup milk
15 egg yolks
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Bananas:
1 tablespoon butter
9 bananas, cut in half
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Caramel Box (Tuile):
1 pound butter
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

To make the Caramel Sauce:  Bring to the boil the sugar, water, cream of tartar and heavy cream. Set aside.

For the Pastry Cream, bring to the boil 1 cup caramel sauce and the 1 1/4 cups milk. In bowl, mix together the 1 cup milk, egg yolks, flour and cornstarch. Sift mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

For Bananas: Melt butter, add bananas, sugar and cinnamon and toss until all sugar has caramelized (about 2 minutes). Set aside.

To make the Caramel Box:  Mix together the butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add the corn syrup and flour and whip well. On a nonstick baking sheet spread out mixture into lines (7 inches long by 3 inches wide). Bake in a preheated, 300°F. oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. When you remove the tuiles from the oven, immediately wrap each tuile around a greased rolling pin. When set, remove by sliding off the pin and let cool.

To Assemble: Toss the bananas with pastry cream. Fill tuiles with banana mixture and top with whipped cream. Drizzle remaining caramel sauce over top.

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