Bananas Foster

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch ground nutmeg

4 ripe bananas, peeled and cut lengthwise into halves

1/4 cup banana-flavored liqueur

1/2 cup dark rum

1 pint vanilla ice cream


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Add the bananas and banana liqueur and cook on both sides until the bananas start to soften and brown, about 3 minutes. Carefully add the rum and shake the pan back and forth to warm the rum and flame the pan. Cook's Note: Or, off the heat, carefully ignite the pan with a match.
  2. Shake the pan back and forth, basting the bananas with the sauce, until the flame dies.
  3. Divide the ice cream among 4 dessert plates. Gently lift the bananas from the pan and place 2 halves on the ice cream. Spoon the sauce over the ice cream and serve immediately.