If you’ve ever been to a special restaurant, particularly a southern restaurant of fine dining, sometimes you’ll see desserts and other dishes served flaming. This is a spectacular and beautiful presentation for these dishes and it adds a special finishing touch to the it just as it’s time to serve it.
There’s a popular banana recipe that takes bananas and bakes them in a luscious mixture of brown sugar, orange juice and cinnamon. The bananas then have flaming banana brandy or rum poured over them and it’s served over vanilla ice cream or with whipped cream. It’s a stunning and beautiful dessert called “Bananas Foster”.
The recipe is easy to make. You begin by melting butter in a casserole dish and arranging bananas in the butter. They are topped with brown sugar, orange juice and cinnamon and baked. Just before it comes from the oven, you heat some banana brandy or rum in a small saucepan until it’s warm. With a match, the liquor is lit and the flaming liquor is poured over the entire dish. This is fun to do when the lights are dimmed in the dining room for your guests! When the flames extinguish, have some vanilla ice cream ready for this to be spooned over it. For a variation, simply spoon this in dessert dishes and top with whipped cream.
For making this recipe, you’ll need to choose bananas that are quite firm. This is because as the banana bake, they will soften and reduce in size. If you begin with a banana that’s too ripe, then they’ll disintegrate during baking. It’s best to choose bananas that are underripe than overripe.
In flaming the liquor, you can use either banana brandy or rum. If desired, a combination of the two can be used, but they must be a combined total of 1/2 cup. In flaming it, if you’re a bit nervous, my recommendation is to use a long-stemmed match, such as those used for lighting fireplaces. Another way is to light a strand of raw spaghetti and use it to light the liquor safely.
Last year at Thanksgiving, I shared another recipe you can flame that’s a fast and easy dessert called “Cranberry Sundaes”. To get this recipe, follow this link:
For an easy, tasty and elegant dessert, prepare to impress your guests with this!
6 large bananas, quite firm
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup (total) banana brandy and/or rum
vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for serving
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel the bananas and slice lengthwise. Melt the butter in a shallow casserole dish, measuring about 1-1/2 quarts. Place the bananas in the butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and drizzle with orange juice. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bananas are thoroughly hot and the sugar has melted. Baste the bananas with the butter in the dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and return to the oven for about 2 minutes. Heat the brandy and/or rum in a small saucepan until warm. When the dish comes from the oven, light the liquor with a match and pour over the bananas. When the flames extinguish, serve immediately over vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Yield: 6 servings.