Monday, November 20, 2006

Bananas Foster

My favorite cool-weather dessert was invented by chef Paul Blangé in 1951 when he was working with Brennan's in New Orleans. I would be thankful to have this Thanksgiving, but alas my Thanksgiving Day story will unfold later:


- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup banana liqueur
- 4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet.
Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.
When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum.
Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum.
When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream.
Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.

Note: I like to add pecans on top.

1 comment:

Hammer said...

I had that dish in a little hole in the wall place in New Orleans.

Great food, secret restaurant, no tourists!

Now I have the recipe, thanks!