Bananas Foster – America’s Favorite Flaming Dessert

When you think show-stopping, special occasion desserts, you
usually don’t think “simple and fast,” but that’s the case with Bananas Foster.
This delicious New Orleans classic only has a few ingredients, and takes just
minutes to make. Except for the folks that burn their houses down, everybody
loves this recipe.

Speaking of which, the best way to avoid that kind of thing
is to make sure you have the flame turned off when you add the banana liqueur
and the rum. Once in, you have a chance to stand back a little, and you should
be fine to flambé. By the way, if you’re using an electric stove, simply use a
long fireplace lighter to ignite.

As I mention in the video, try to find the largest bananas
you can for this. We definitely want them to get nice and tender in the rum
sauce, but we don’t want them falling apart. Along the same lines, only cook the
bananas for about 30 to 60 seconds per side before adding the booze.

That may not seem like much, but by the time the sauce comes
together, they’ll be perfect. Another great tip, especially for larger groups,
is to scoop the ice cream ahead of time, and keep your bowls in the freezer. You
want to spoon over bananas Foster piping hot, and don’t want it cooling down
while you’re scooping ice cream for six people.

Of course, in New Orleans they prepare this tableside, which
can be a challenge at home, so you’ll have to settle for turning down the
lights, and gathering all your guests around the stove to watch the show. I
hope you give this great American desert to try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for two portions:

2 bananas, peeled, cut in four pieces each

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 ounce Banana liqueur (mine was 17% alcohol)

2 ounces rum

2 pinches cinnamon

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

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