Saturday, August 11, 2007

Flaming Bananas

I've been wanting to make Bananas Foster for a long time. I just thought the recipe sounded really delicious. Last night I finally got to it. I had purchased fresh bananas, dark rum, and we had some good vanilla ice cream.

Greg thought it was okay (he's not a huge fruit fan), but liked the flaming pan the most. I have a theory about testosterone and fire...

I know the photo is blurry, but I was snapping quickly before the flames went out. Can you see the blue flame? It was pretty cool!
I didn't have the banana liqueur, and wasn't buying it just for this. It had plenty of banana flavor without it.
Ingredients: -
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.
Serves Four

1 comment:

Barbara Allen Moore said...

Here in Kearney we have the Alley Rose restaurant and that was froggers favorite dessert. Each year at income tax return time we would treat ourselves to a very nice dinner that included bannas foster for him and peach foster for me. (fresh peaches not canned) One time just as the waiter lit the sauce a lady seated above us in a private area tossed her head back laughing and her long hair just missed being set on fire. The whole room gasped as her hair swept the flames. Thank goodness it all turned out well. We enjoyed our dessert and so did many others. I think it was that touch of danger that had so many people ordering that evening.