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Classic Bananas Foster

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Serves six to eight.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 106

Created at Brennan's restaurant in New Orleans in 1951, this classic dessert was named after loyal customer Richard Foster. Firm, ripe bananas are sautéed in a rum-infused caramel sauce, then flambéed in front of diners and spooned over vanilla ice cream. For extra pyrotechnics, throw a pinch of cinnamon onto the sauce as it flames.

Read the Test Kitchen blog for tips on flambéing safely.

  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur
  • 4 firm-ripe bananas, peeled, halved lengthwise, then halved crosswise
  • 1/4 cup amber rum, such as Old New Orleans or Goslings
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream

In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon and cook until moist, about 1 minute. Add the banana liqueur and cook, stirring continuously, until the grainy texture disappears and the mixture rolls off the spoon in a steady stream, 1 to 2 minutes. Put the banana quarters rounded side down in the pan. Cook until the bananas begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.

Turn the bananas onto their flat sides. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the rum. Set the pan over high heat and carefully ignite the rum with a long match or grill lighter. Gently shake the pan until the flame subsides. Remove from the heat.

Place a generous scoop of ice cream in 6 to 8 individual heatproof dessert bowls. Arrange 2 to 3 pieces of sautéed banana around each scoop of ice cream. Spoon on the sauce and serve immediately.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 320; Fat (g): fat g 11; Fat Calories (kcal): 100; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 7; Protein (g): protein g 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 50; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 40; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 35; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Fast and easy (as long as you don't set the kitchen on fire!), great dessert!

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