"Always take a banana to a party, Rose. Bananas are good."
The humble banana has had a great many bit-parts in Doctor Who over the years, mainly playing a banana, a role it excels in. The Doctor is - and always has been - a fan of all things banana, as this mercifully short video shows us:
Yup, that just happened. Life enhancing, yes?
He even claims to have invented the banana daiquiri, in 18th century France. "Well," he says, "among other things, I think I just invented the banana daiquiri a couple of centuries early. Do you know they'd never seen a banana before?"
The banana daiquiri split, then, is a fine celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who. The Tenth Doctor once ate two banana splits in a row. If he'd been faced with these delectable creations, drenched in a rum-rich daiquiri sauce, I bet he could've managed three. At least. And in honour of Eleven's favourite headgear, I have garnished my split with a fondant fez. SPOILER ALERT: we'll be seeing more of the fez on Saturday. Look away now if you're avoiding all tantalising hints...
You will need:
- 6 tbsp white rum
- 8 tsp lime juice
- 100g icing sugar
- 4 ripe bananas
- 12-16 scoops of your preferred ice cream flavours - chocolate, strawberry and vanilla are trad, but I omitted the strawberry
- 3-4 tbsp toffee or caramel sauce - cheap and cheerful is fine!
- Squirty cream
- Decorations - the more the merrier! An inventory of mine for reference:
* Soft gold balls
* Soft white balls
* Soft silver balls
* Chopped mixed nuts
* Glacé cherries
* Fudge chunks
* White chocolate stars
* Edible glitter
* Lime peel shavings
* Hilary Devey
* Tiny gold stars
* Crystallised rose petals in honour of Rose
* Miniature fondant fez - fezzes are cool!
I did mean to also add a wafer fan - a Doctor Who fan! - so you definitely should.
For the fez (optional, makes 4)
- 40g red fondant icing
- A liquorice Catherine Wheel, unravelled
- First, make your fezzes! Take a 10g piece of fondant for each fez, roll it into a fez shape (I found a sort of cone with top and bottom sliced off with a knife worked well).
- Now take your unravelled Catherine Wheel and use scissors or a knife to fray an inch-long section of it, so that it looks like the tassel atop a fez. Leave an unfrayed part at one end, and stick this into the top of your fondant fez so that the tassel hangs down one side. Repeat until all your fezzes are tasselled and all your Christmases are white, and set aside for just now.
- Make the daiquiri sauce by combining the rum, lime juice and icing sugar in a bowl, mixing well to remove any lumps. Taste, and add more rum if you want. Because why the hell not?! We're celebrating!
- BANANA SPLIT, ASSEMBLE! It's time for the main event! Peel your bananas and slice them in half lengthwise. In the newly-formed gap, put three or four scoops of ice cream. Use one half of the banana peel as a base for the split, if you don't have a banana split dish. That'll help to stop the pieces of banana collapsing under the weight of the ice cream.
- Spoon generous amounts of both sauces - daiquiri and toffee - over the ice cream, add a squirt of whipped cream, perhaps more sauce if you fancy it, and then all your decorations, IN ABUNDANCE. Make sure Hilary doesn't cover the whole thing. Or eat it.
- Finish each split with a couple of cherries and a FEZ. Make it jaunty!
- Devour, in the manner of David Tennant. I'll be disappointed if you're not wearing a fez while you eat it. I had mine for breakfast. OF COURSE I had my fez on. I sleep in it.