Bananas Foster

Well Heather and Alex are up to the food challenge again. This time they may need a fire extinguisher... now who's intrigued?

Well Heather and Alex are up to the food challenge again. This time they may need a fire extinguisher... now who's intrigued?

Banana's Foster

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (½ stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur
  • 4 bananas, sliced in half, lengthwise, then halved
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Steps:

  • 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.
  • As 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 as you ignite the rum.
  • "Brennan's always uses a match to ignite the rum in Bananas Foster. You light the match to the top of the liquid as soon as you pour the rum on the bananas," says Bonnie Warren of New Orleans.
  • 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.