some like it hot – bananas foster

To wrap up this NOLA related week, we were planning to post a Mardi Gras befitting cocktail, such as a Herbsaint Sazerac or Hurricane.

Then came Nemo.

What you want during a blizzard is some fire with your ice. This flambéed dessert, originally created at Brennan’s restaurant in 1951, satisfies our sweet tooth (who doesn’t want comfort food in the midst of a storm? and hey, bananas!) while providing some drama to rival the theatrics outside our windows. bananas foster with black pepper vanilla ice cream

bananas foster
recipe type: dessert
cuisine: new orleans
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serves: 2
We like the unexpected hit of black pepper vanilla ice cream paired with this sauce, but plain, praline or chocolate are also wicked delicious.
  • 2 bananas sliced lengthwise then halved
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅛ cup rum (ok to omit if you want a "sweet" version)
  • 2 TB butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated cinnamon or cassia
  • ice cream
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet - not too high or the ingredients won't form sauce.
  2. Add sugar.
  3. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. When it's bubbly, throw in the bananas and cook until brown and slightly soft.
  5. If you're going to spike it, carefully CAREFULLY pour in the rum.
  6. Tip the pan if you want to light it, but again, totally ok if you just cook it down or omit the hard stuff entirely.
  7. If you did light it up, wait til the flames are extinguished - hopefully you didn't need to use the fireman's friend to do so - and place the bananas on the plate.
  8. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.
  9. Drizzle sauce.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
you could substitute apples or peaches, just cook a little longer

Now you don’t have to use the black pepper, pour on the rum, or go the extra step and ignite the liquor – but that’s part of the fun.
bananas foster yum
Enjoy the show!

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