Recipe: Bananas Foster

Last time I made bananas Foster, I got excited, the pan jumped, and all of a sudden I had bananas Foster dripping off of the TV across the room. This time around, I flambéed sans theatrics, serving the bananas over ice cream.

Serves 4

    • 2 bananas, split horizontally and then in half, so you have four pieces per banana
    • ½ stick unsalted butter
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon
    • ¼ cup dark rum
    • ½ tsp vanilla (optional)
    • Vanilla ice cream

Melt butter, sugar, and cinnamon together over low heat in a skillet or sauté pan. Stir constantly to dissolve sugar.

Add bananas and cook until the banana starts to soften.

Take your pan off the heat, add the vanilla (if you choose) and rum, and return to the stove. BE CAREFUL! Watch your eyebrows. Flambéing doesn't have to get out of hand. The alcohol should ignite but if it doesn't, tilt the pan so the rum collects in one side closest to the heat. Shake the pan gently as the alcohol burns off.

Serve two pieces (half a banana each) over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, smothered in the sauce.

Presented by

Sophie Brickman is a writer living and cooking in New York City. More

Sophie Brickman is a writer living and cooking in New York City. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the French Culinary Institute.

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?

Video

The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City

Video

Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing

Video

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.

Video

Social Media: The Video Game

What if the validation of your peers could "level up" your life?

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Health

Just In