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Feb 19 2010

Flambéing Bananas Foster

Published by at 2:12 pm under Cooking at Home,Desserts

I forgot to mention in the Rack of Lamb post that we made dessert after dinner. Bananas Foster is made with bananas that is drizzled with a dark sweet sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum and banana liqueur, and is served with vanilla ice cream. This is a very classic dessert most notable in Southern cooking. In fact, the origins of this recipe dates back to 1951 in New Orleans by Chef Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant.

Daniel has made Bananas Foster once before for me and some friends a few years ago, so it was nice that we got to make this again for dessert after our nice hearty meal. My aunt gave me some Manzano bananas from her backyard (which by the way, we also grow, and just the other day we noticed we are having our very first bunch of bananas growing in the tree! So excited!), so we used these bananas to make our Bananas Foster. Of course, you can use any kind of bananas to make this – like the Chiquita bananas (also known as Cavendish banana).

According to some research, the Manzano banana is short and chubby with a mild strawberry-apple flavor, and the skin is black when it’s ripe. It has a chunkier and heavier appearance than traditional banana. This banana is usually grown in Asia, South America, Mexico, Caribbean, and Africa, which is also known as Apple banana. My parents have a lot of these bananas in their backyard, too. The texture of the Manzano bananas is very firm when you bite into it, which is great for me, because I actually can't stand eating mushy bananas!

To make the dark sauce, we melted a 1/2 stick of butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Add in the halved lengthwise bananas... and then.....

To flambé, add in the alcohol: we poured in 1/4 cup dark rum and 1/4 cup Grand Marnier (in replacement of the banana liqueur). The alcohol creates a burst of flames to the pan. Wha-lah!

When the flames subside, the Bananas Foster is ready to be plated with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The incorporation of the sweet sauce, warm bananas, and cold ice cream really distinguishes this dish. I really like the hot/cold combination of desserts - like Peaches a la mode. Give Bananas Foster a try sometime - it's really easy and doesn't require any baking!

Visit Brennan’s website for the original recipe: Bananas Fosters from Brennan’s New Orleans

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Flambéing Bananas Foster”

  1. Sandyon 19 Feb 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Looks like you guys had a heavenly Valentines day dinner!

  2. Cookin' Canuckon 19 Feb 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I love the looks of those adorable bananas and – oh my – your bananas foster looks incredible!

  3. thefoodaddictson 19 Feb 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Hey Sandy.. yes we did have a very nice dinner! Although, I think Brodard would’ve been wildly satisfying for us too! Good luck with making your crab risotto. I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

    Cookin’ Canuck… thank you thank you. Thankfully we got those manzano bananas. They stood up well to the flames and sweetness of the sauce (although personally, I thought it was too sweet for my tastebuds… and that’s already reducing the sugar by 1/2!!).

  4. cessy831on 19 Feb 2010 at 4:19 pm


  5. chocolate shavingson 19 Feb 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Those bananas look perfect!

  6. sweetlifeon 19 Feb 2010 at 5:25 pm

    How lovely.. I love the pics!!


  7. Fresh Local and Beston 19 Feb 2010 at 5:53 pm

    This is one of my favorite desserts! I love the sweet sauce drizzled over ice cream.

  8. bunkycookson 19 Feb 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Bananas Foster…that brings back memories! That was one of the first desserts I made as a kid when I first started to cook. Sounds like a great dinner and an even better dessert!

  9. thefoodaddictson 19 Feb 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Hey bunkycooks! That’s pretty impressive that you started flambéing as a kid! Way to go!

  10. 5 Star Foodieon 19 Feb 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Awesome! I love that picture of the flambé going on!

  11. Dianeon 20 Feb 2010 at 1:06 pm

    It’s “voila”, not “wha-lah”.

  12. Chris and Amyon 21 Feb 2010 at 7:08 am

    OMG We are drooling! Great dinner, nice flambe action!

  13. Kevinon 21 Feb 2010 at 9:50 am

    Those bananas look so good!

  14. noobcookon 21 Feb 2010 at 7:26 pm

    You turn simple bananas to such a wonderful and classy dessert meal. I love the last second photo with the flames… beautiful capture :)

  15. Cynthiaon 24 Feb 2010 at 9:26 am

    Outstandingly delicious.

  16. Meganon 24 Feb 2010 at 9:27 am

    This sounds delicious-yum, yum, yum! I might have to make a banana split with these ;)

  17. Alion 24 Feb 2010 at 9:27 am

    One could eat the dish off the page! Delicious-looking…

  18. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 25 Feb 2010 at 11:20 pm

    This looks delicious, and I love anything that has been flambéd. It adds that level of danger :D

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