Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I don't know about you but I'm a HUGE fan of everything bananas. The other week at a restaurant I tried bananas foster for the first time in my life and it was love at first site! The strong banana flavor offset by the vanilla ice cream was a perfect combination for me. After that, I knew I had to try and replicate this scrumptious dessert! I opted for a recipe from the restaurant that created this famous dessert and it couldn't have been yummier. The restaurant I tried it at got all fancy by lighting the pan on fire. I attempted to be just as flashy but failed miserably. Nonetheless, fire or no fire, it was just as good!
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup banana liqueur
4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
1/4 cup dark rum
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet. Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.
When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream.
Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.
Yields: 4 servings