Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster came out of an opportunity and the need for a new recipe for chef Paul Blangé and is still the most requested item on the menu at Brennan’s to this day and it’s too good of a recipe and comes together so swiftly that I had to give it a go in my kitchen, as I hope you will in yours too.

Like NoLa, a city that has seen many big storms, a big storm is heading our way here in London, it’s so big the authorities are telling people to stay home unless it is absolutely essential. Catching the bus home yesterday afternoon with the notion that a hurricane was about to hit still sinking in I noticed that we happened to have the largest tree on the street right outside my window. And I sleep right next to the window.

Needless to say calm thoughts scattered and imagination of what could in fact happen from this impending doom, the biggest in years, would bring. I got home and did what any foodie would do, made dessert with some rum to calm the nerves.

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Bananas Foster recipe

Truth be told, this dessert was made to top off a dinner of tomato soup and cheese toasties which I shared with some friends over Sunday night conversation. So on the American inspired theme of the main we enjoyed, it was only fair to add some liquor and embrace this dessert that originates in Cajun cultured New Orleans. My visit to NoLa was all too brief, but at the time felt long enough. One day I will go back and enjoy this made by a local, along with gumbo and of course, no stop in NoLa would be complete without beignets.

This recipe came out of an opportunity and the need for a new recipe for chef Paul Blangé and is still the most requested item on the menu at Brennan’s to this day and it’s too good of a recipe and comes together so swiftly that I had to give it a go in my kitchen, as I hope you will in yours too.

Long after this dessert had been consumed and the taste of rum rubbed away with my toothbrush, I was woken by the trembling tree an hour earlier than my alarm I tried to fall back to sleep. Holding my eyes tightly shut and wishing the sound away.

Almost ready to step out the door and my boss advises me he’s stuck with no trains running. The tube was a squeeze and the wind is still howling around corners, but this storm didn’t do as much damage as expected and last night that tree lost a bunch of leaves, but was almost fully intact when day broke.

We survived.

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How to prepare Bananas Foster

  • Sauce it up: Place the sugar, butter and cinnamon in your frying pan or skillet until the syrup begins to form.
  • Lay them down: Lay your bananas down inside the pan, you want them in one layer as much as possible.
  • Pour the Rum: When the bananas are soft, slowly add the rum and light on fire until the flames subside.
  • Scoop it up: Serve the bananas and syrup topped with a scoop of ice cream and eat whilst warm.

Tips for the best Bananas Foster

Cooking the rum: We want the heat to be as low as possible so the rum loses as little alcohol content as possible because this is what helps the flame catch on the whole dish.

Time to cook: The entire dish of Bananas Foster comes together really quickly so you want to have all your ingredients prepped and ready.

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Bananas Foster
Adapted from New Orleans Restaurants
Serves 4

Ingredients:
220 grams / 1 cup light brown sugar
57 grams / 2 ounces butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 medium bananas, halved crosswise and lengthwise
60 milliliters / 1/4 cup rum
4 scoops vanilla cup ice cream

Directions:
Place the sugar, butter and ground cinnamon in a heavy frying pan or skillet on medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

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Lay the sliced bananas in the pan, stirring the bananas as they soften and ensuring they are cooked evenly, approximately 3 minutes.

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When the bananas are soft, carefully add in the rum and tip the pan slightly, lighting flames with a lighter.

Carefully set the pan down and continue cooking until the flame subsides.

Remove from the heat, scooping the ice cream into serving dishes and topping with the rum and sauce.

Serve warm.

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how to make Bananas Foster

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Banana’s Foster

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  • Author: Sylvie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Classic New Orleans dessert Banana’s Foster comes together in less than 10 minutes and includes rum so is perfect to follow an adult dinner, particularly in the middle of winter.


Ingredients

Scale

220 grams / 1 cup light brown sugar
57 grams / 2 ounces butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 medium bananas, halved crosswise and lengthwise
60 milliliters / 1/4 cup rum
4 scoops vanilla cup ice cream


Instructions

  • Place the sugar, butter and ground cinnamon in a heavy frying pan or skillet on medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Lay the sliced bananas in the pan, stirring the bananas as they soften and ensuring they are cooked evenly, approximately 3 minutes.
  • When the bananas are soft, carefully add in the rum and tip the pan slightly, lighting flames with a lighter.
  • Carefully set the pan down and continue cooking until the flame subsides.
  • Remove from the heat, scooping the ice cream into serving dishes and topping with the rum and sauce.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

Cooking the rum: We want the heat to be as low as possible so the rum loses as little alcohol content as possible because this is what helps the flame catch on the whole dish.

Time to cook: The entire dish of Bananas Foster comes together really quickly so you want to have all your ingredients prepped and ready.

Adapted from New Orleans Restaurants

 

 

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