When Michael and I got engaged last January, we went out for dessert that evening to celebrate. Having looked up dessert menus before we left, we got to the restaurant and ordered bananas foster — that is, we tried to order bananas foster. Apparently, we had been slightly distracted… and ended up at a different restaurant that didn’t actually have bananas foster. So, we ordered a delicious apple dessert and celebrated nonetheless.
Fast forward to October, when we found ourselves with several overripe bananas. After a quick trip to the corner gas station to buy ice cream, we decided to make our own bananas foster. They’re simple to make, and you get to light them on fire, which is always exciting.
Bananas foster flambé
By Jane and Michael’s Gourmet Extravaganza
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup rum
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Cut bananas in half both crosswise and length wise, and then peel the sections. (If you cut the bananas and then peel them, they will retain their shape better, especially if your bananas are very ripe.) Combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large skillet and heat, while stirring, until the mixture becomes a smooth syrup.
Add the sliced bananas and heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring gently to cover with syrup. Remove skillet from heat.
In a small saucepan, carefully heat rum until just warmed. Pour over bananas in skillet and carefully light with a match (or a lighter). Gently baste bananas with sauce until the flames die. Serve over ice cream.