Saturday, July 28, 2007

Bananas Foster

Beth's Tips: This dish is very simple to make, and has a wow factor that is sure to impress. A couple things I noticed when making this recipe is that you must have a high quality rum. A higher alcohol content will make flambe much easier. I, unfortunately bought mine from the grocery store and was not able to make a flame, but maybe that was a good thing! Always, when working with fire - BE CAREFUL. The flames will go very high, so watch the content and always have a fire extinguisher nearby. Also, the syrup and bananas are very hot, so if you are putting them over ice cream, be prepared to eat the dessert right away. Bon appetite!

1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 bananas peeled, halved, and cut lengthwise
1/4 cup dark rum
Ice cream, optional

In a large skillet, melt butter. Using a wooden spoon, add brown sugar and stir together. Add the bananas and cook until caramelized on both sides, over medium-high heat. Move pan off heat, add the rum and return to the stove to catch a flame from a long lighter. Stand back when ignited and flambe the bananas. Be careful a flame will shoot up above the pan. Let flame die down and the alcohol cook out. Serve bananas over vanilla ice cream.

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