Friday, January 22, 2016

Quick Bananas Foster

I am not a fan of bananas. Unless they are in a good banana bread, bruleed, or smothered in a caramelized sugar and topped with ice cream.  Which is what this Quick Bananas Foster is. Simply bananas that have been bathed in caramelized brown sugar and butter. This can be whipped up with ingredients you probably already have on hand in a matter of minutes. The kids can help you peel and cut the bananas! You really can't go wrong. Besides, there's fruit, and it's gluten free. That's gotta count for something right? Is that too much of a stretch? I don't think so. Top it with ice cream and you're adding dairy. Vitamin D, yo.

Let's make some dessert. Or breakfast, no one's judging here. Put the bananas over waffles or pancakes.


4 bananas, under ripe, a little firm little to no brown spots
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup of  rum
Vanilla ice cream, optional

  1. Put a saucepan on the stove on low heat. If you are using cast iron or stainless steel this is especially helpful. Either way the pan is ready and heating while you prep the ingredients.
  2. Peel the bananas, cut them in half lengthwise.
  3. Measure out the rum, it's easier/safer to have this accessible in a small cup rather  than pouring an open bottle over a flame if you have a gas stove.
  4. Turn the heat on the stove to medium high and add the butter.
  5. Once the butter is melted stir in the brown sugar and allspice. Scrape down the sides of the sauce pan so all the sugar is incorporated.
  6. Cook until the sugar is completely melted and it starts to caramelize.
  7. The remaining steps are done fairly  quickly so that the bananas are not overcooked. Add the bananas, spooning the sauce over them, then turn the stove OFF. Take the saucepan off the stove.
  8. Add the rum and vanilla to the saucepan and stir. The alcohol may ignite from the heat of the pan, be careful.
  9. CAREFULLY ignite the alcohol with a long lighter.
  10. Swirl the pan until the flame dies down.
  11. Serve the Banana's Foster with ice cream, over pancakes, waffles, or Dutch Babies.

  • Please be very careful igniting the Bananas Foster. The pan will ignite and there will be a tall flame.
  • I don't always use rum in this recipe. If you prefer to not use rum, try a splash of orange juice.  I make my own vanilla extract with vodka, so sometimes I add a little extra vanilla instead of rum. Or I add a little rum extract. This recipe is very forgiving.
  • If using orange juice reserve the zest and add it into the sauce right before serving. Orange juice will not ignite, but you can cook it until the sauce thickens, remove the bananas if they are getting too soft, then return them to the pan before serving.
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