Bananas Foster is a delectable dessert with roots in New Orleans, Louisiana. This flambéed delight combines the rich flavors of bananas, butter, brown sugar, and dark rum to create a sweet, caramelized sauce that coats the warm banana slices. Traditionally served over vanilla ice cream, Bananas Foster is a culinary masterpiece that tantalizes the taste buds and provides a touch of fiery drama as it’s often prepared tableside in a flambe. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet indulgence, this dessert is sure to impress.
For the Bananas Foster:
4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into rounds
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup banana liqueur (optional)
Vanilla ice cream for serving
1. Prepare the Bananas:
Slice the ripe bananas into rounds and set them aside.
2. Create the Sauce:
In a large skillet, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and ground cinnamon, allowing the mixture to cook until the sugar is fully dissolved and the sauce becomes smooth and caramelized.
3. Add the Bananas:
Carefully add the banana slices to the skillet. Gently stir and coat the bananas with the caramel sauce. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until the bananas are slightly tender.
Here comes the exciting part. Remove the skillet from the heat. Pour the dark rum and, if you choose, the banana liqueur over the banana mixture. Return the skillet to the heat, but be cautious as the alcohol can ignite with a flambe. If you’re comfortable, use a long lighter to ignite the alcohol by carefully tilting the skillet slightly. Let the flames subside naturally. The fire will burn off the alcohol, leaving behind a rich, flavorful sauce.
Once the flames have subsided, remove the skillet from the heat. Spoon the Bananas Foster over scoops of vanilla ice cream. The warm, caramelized sauce will melt the ice cream, creating a delightful contrast of hot and cold.
Serve immediately while the Bananas Foster is hot and bubbling. Savor the sweet, buttery, and slightly fiery flavors of this classic dessert.
Bananas Foster is a show-stopping dessert that is as much about the presentation as it is about the taste. Impress your guests with this culinary masterpiece and enjoy the thrilling flavors of New Orleans in the comfort of your own home.