Wednesday February 06, 2008
light my fire! bananas foster
1/4 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup banana liqueur
4 firm bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
1/4 cup dark rum
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
Makes 4 servings.
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.
Light it up!
When 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 to ignite the rum. If you have an electric stove, add a match to the skillet, however, you might want to remove the skillet first, to an open area so the flames do not shoot up and hit something. (Keep a large metal lid on hand to cover the dish in case your flambe gets out of hand). 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; the warm sauce will quickly melt the ice cream. I had a hard time photographing this because the ice-cream melted so quickly.
On a last note:, when dealing with fire, I highly suggest practicing before serving to master the art of working with fire.
Another easy dessert that you can Fire Up for your Sweet Seduction
1 large firm banana
5 tspn honey
5 tspn of chopped walnuts and pecans
4 tspn brandy
Cut banana in half, place in a small flameproof dish. Drizzle cut surface of each half with 2 teaspoons of honey and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Broil the bananas about 4-5 minutes until heated--do not burn. Remove from broiler and carefully pour brandy over bananas and Fire it Up! Serve Immediately