Today’s installment of Foodie Fridays is my favorite dessert of all time: Bananas Foster. It’s a simple and easy dish and once you try it, I’d be willing to bet it may become one of your favorites. It’s already won over some folks here as the best dessert.
I guess I should mention that while this is a very simple dessert and takes no more than about 10 minutes to make, it can also be tricky. You’re working with sugar which means if you get it too hot or not hot enough, you can ruin it. And also, it involves fire which is a hazard anywhere but especially in the kitchen. Never fear, it’s not as daunting as it sounds.
First, I started off with about 10 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter a tablespoon of vanilla extract, a teaspoon (or two) of cinnamon and nutmeg and a dash of cayenne pepper. Heat this all over medium heat and be sure to stir often so the sugar doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
Be sure to cook this until the sugar crystals have dissolved almost completely. Leaving a little grittiness from the sugar is fine. Then turn the heat up to medium-high, add your bananas (sliced in half lengthwise) and pour in about a shot and a half of dark rum (or about 2-3 ounces depending on your taste).
And then you set the whole pan on fire. Well actually just what’s inside the pan. This is where it gets a little fun and if you have guests, this is the part you want to make sure they see because let’s face it, the caveman in all of us is intrigued in some primal way by fire.
It only takes a minute or so for the alcohol to burn off and once it does, it’s pretty much ready. Turn the stove back on medium-low and let it cook while you prepare the serving dishes. Banana in first, with a heaping scoop of french vanilla ice cream over top and then drizzle the caramel rum syrup over top.
I told you it was that simple. The best part is when you actually eat it. There’s no dessert that can compare to cooked bananas in a caramel rum sauce with french vanilla ice cream. Seriously, you gotta try it.
Enjoy. Bon appetit. Et laissez les bons temps rouler!