Flambé Bananas

    15 minutes

    Flambé bananas is the dessert to make if you want to impress, it tastes great but also looks pretty cool with the flames, just make sure you don't set fire to anything.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
    • 1 banana
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) rum
    • 2 tablespoons banana liqueur

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. In a small frypan over medium heat melt butter. Stir in sugar and cinnamon then heat until bubbly.
    2. Peel and quarter the banana. Place banana pieces and lemon juice in frypan and cook 3 to 4 minutes more while basting with the syrup.
    3. In a long-handled frypan heat rum and banana liqueur over medium heat until just warm. Ignite the alcohol and pour carefully over the banana slices.
    4. Remove the banana frypan from the heat and continue to baste the banana slices with their sauce until the flames die down. Serve at once.

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    I just had this pricey dessert in New Orleans at the restaurant that invented it. It was fantastic! Ingredients are identical except for amounts. Try 1/4-1/2 cup butter, 1cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 cup banana liqueur,4 bananas, 1/4 cup dark rum. Cook same as this. Serve over ice cream. It's hard to believe something this simple can taste so heavenly! Elegant dessert. Thanks Chrissi!  -  28 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent. But then it's impossible to go wrong with a banana's foster recipe -- it's just such a great dish. I doubled the recipe and flambeed it slightly differently: after the bananas softened, I poured the alcohol directly into the pan, waited a minute for it to warm up, then lit it on fire. The result was great poured over ice cream, though the remnants at the bottom of the dish were a little rummy. (Most of the syrup was fine.) I might've stirred too soon while it was on fire thereby putting it out too soon to let all the alcohol burn off? Or maybe I should've just taken other reviewers' advice and used a little less alcohol.
    Before cooking this recipe, I did a lot of research on the web. There are dozens of recipes out there, all varying wildly in the amount of the various ingredients. So this dish is apparently very forgiving about quantities. The alternative flambeing technique I used is actually more common than the two pan method called for in this recipe. Incidentally, the best page I found discussing this recipe is a very entertaining read: http://www.gumbopages.com/food/dessert/ban-foster.html
     -  04 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    FABULOUS! So quick & easy! I doubled and used 3 bananas. No alcohol, used Vanilla instead of liqueur. Spooned over vanilla ice cream and drizzled chocolate syrup on top! The kids and my husband FREAKED OUT at how good this was! Thanks, I will be sure to make this one for family and friends. Even camping with angel food cake!  -  29 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)