Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bananas Foster


Sometimes my mother-in-law likes to play with fire.

On occasion she likes to set alcohol on fire.

She claims it's all for us and serves us a nice bowl of caramelized bananas, but I think its all just front and we're really just encouraging her habits, but in the end who can resist a dessert like Bananas Foster?


Obviously, my mother-in-law is not suffering from any kind of illness,but she has been known to make Bananas Foster for us. I personally just like to watch because I'm mildly afraid of setting my hair or house on fire. For those that have more courage than me, this really is a quick and easy dessert. My favorite way to eat it is with a slice of pound cake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a heaping pile of bananas, a generous drizzle of the rum sauce, and a dollop of whip cream on top. It is seriously good.

Bananas Foster

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1 stick butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

4 bananas peeled, halved, and cut lengthwise

1/4 cup dark rum

Ice cream, optional

Pound cake, optional

In a large skillet, melt butter. Using a wooden spoon, add brown sugar and stir together. Add the bananas and cook until caramelized on both sides, over medium-high heat. Move pan off heat, add the rum and return to the stove to catch a flame from the gas stove or a long lighter. Stand back when ignited and flambé the bananas. PLEASE be careful as the flame will shoot up above the pan. Let flame die down and the alcohol cook out. Serve bananas over vanilla ice cream and with a slice of pound cake, if desired.

Source: Deen, 2007

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