I’ve had this recipe in my inbox FOREVER but always passed on it, thinking the dessert was likely too complicated to make. However, after skimming through the ingredients and method, I came to the conclusion that all recipes for Bananas Foster are probably very simple – I was just too chicken to try one out. So I did – and now I have a problem; I’m addicted.
This version incorporates chopped walnuts, which I think lend a crunchy and (faintly) savoury element to the dessert. And, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to flambé the dessert – simply bubbling the liquid until the alcohol burns off is sufficient. Of course, there’s a lot more fabulousity when you do set it on fire, but I haven’t taken that particular walk on the wild side yet (I value my perfectly arched eyebrows too much). Enjoy!
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons rum
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 pint vanilla ice cream
DIRECTIONSIn a large, deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in sugar, rum, vanilla and cinnamon. When mixture begins to bubble, place bananas and walnuts in pan. Cook until bananas are hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve at once over vanilla ice cream. Serves 4.