Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bananas Foster

If you like bananas and rum and caramelized sugar, you will LOVE this! Here is my version of Bananas Foster...enjoy! The plated presentation was a little messy, but boy, was it delicious and - alert - will send you on a sugar high. Next time I will add some pecans during the sugar-melting/caramelizing part to offset so much of the sweetness and also to add some contrasting texture.

a messy presentation, but oh, so yummy!

3 T. unsalted butter
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. apple pie spice (or scant 1/2 t. cinnamon, pinch ginger, pinch freshly grated nutmeg)
1 T. orange liquor (Cointreau or similar)
3 bananas, sliced lengthwise, then sliced in half
1/4 c. rum
vanilla ice cream (or pancakes, waffles, or crepes)

In a large pan, melt the butter, brown sugar, and apple pie spice over low heat until the sugar completely dissolves and begins to caramelize.

Carefully add the banana slices; spoon the sauce over the bananas. Cook on each side for 1-2 minutes, until softened, continue spooning the sauce over the bananas as they cook.

When the bananas are softened, remove pan from heat and add the rum. Return to heat and tilt the pan (or use a long match) to ignite the rum; cook for another 1-2 minutes until the liquor flame is extinguished. Or, if you are nervous about setting the pan on fire, just cook for 1-2 minutes after adding the rum without igniting the alcohol.

Gently spoon the bananas and some delicious sauce over ice cream (or pancakes, etc.); serve immediately.

ingredients for the Bananas Foster

the bananas go into the pan and sauce is spooned over

then the bananas are flipped, cooked a bit more and the rum is added

serve over ice cream

so delicious!

Bye for now...

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