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Banana-Date Crème Brûlée

Yield 6 servings
Southern California dates are grown in and around Indio, located near Palm Springs.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 226
  • caloriesfromfat 10 %
  • fat 2.6 g
  • satfat 0.9 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 8.1 g
  • carbohydrate 45.1 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 77 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 198 mg
  • calcium 176 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.

  2. 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° 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.

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