Banana-Date Creme Brulee

posted by Sue Freeman 01-26-99 8:09 AM

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Banana-Date Creme Brulee

SOURCE: Cooking Light YEAR: 1998 ISSUE: Jul/Aug PAGE: 185

1 cup whole pitted dates (about 8 ounces)
1 cup evaporated skim milk
3/4 cup sliced ripe banana
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon sugar

Southern California dates are grown in and around Indio, located near Palm Springs.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine the first 8 ingredients in a blender, and process the mixture until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add the eggs and egg whites to blender, and process just until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly among 6 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups coated with cooking spray.

Place ramekins in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 300 degrees for 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove ramekins from pan, and sprinkle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Preheat broiler. Place the ramekins on a jelly-roll pan, and broil the custards for 3 minutes or until the sugar melts. Yield: 6 servings.

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