Mexican Food Made Simple

Caramelised bananas flambeed in tequila

The Mexican equivalent of a good old-fashioned nursery pudding.

Caramelised bananas flambeed in tequila

I have seen grown men go weak at the knees at the sight of this pudding, and once you have tried it you will see why. It is the Mexican equivalent of a good old-fashioned nursery pudding.

Feeds 4
Cooking time: 15 minutes


3 bananas
30g butter
2–3 tablespoons sugar (depending how sweet your tooth is)
3 tablespoons tequila
2 tablespoons double cream
juice of ½ lime
the merest hint of ground cinnamon


  1. Peel the bananas and slice them down the middle so that you have two long half moons.
  2. Heat a wide-bottomed frying pan, melt the butter, and when it starts to bubble add the bananas, cut-side down. Sprinkle with sugar and fry for a minute before turning.
  3. Continue frying on a medium heat until the sugar has started to caramelise and the bananas are golden brown.
  4. Pour over the tequila, which may or may not flambée. After 30 seconds, add the cream, lime juice and a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon. A little will add a lovely, mysterious flavour to the bananas; too much will overpower them. Serve at once with clotted cream, cinnamon and toasted, chopped pecan nuts.

Recipes from Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers © Thomasina Miers 2010, published by Hodder & Stoughton

Photographer Claire Wilks © Blink Films 2011

Comments (10)

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  • Olga

    over 1 year ago


    Very quick and easy, very delicious too. I tried without nuts and it worked too. Thanks.

  • Lee

    2 years ago


    Malibu sounds so amazing going to make it today

  • Rosie

    over 2 years ago


    Would this work with Malibu? it sounds amazing!!

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  • c

    over 2 years ago


    SOOO good!! yummiest dessert the whole family LOVED it.

  • Damien

    over 2 years ago


    im going to cook it with a slight twist instead of tequilla im going to use dark rum as i never have liked tequilla

  • Josh

    over 2 years ago


    im goin to make this later and it looks relly nice but i want to no how nice is it??

  • Bern

    over 2 years ago


    Absolutely amazing! Thank you Thomasina

  • Rita Vogt

    over 2 years ago

    Rita Vogt

    Hi very nice!! l was in england on internet. And now ich have it , on my Notebook Channel 5 ,by me so i can always look up what you cook. And now i am in Germany again and cook things what you cook and do. This with the bananas very nice thank you.