I like bananas as much as the next person. They're a handy portable snack, lots of potassium, sweet and mellow. But I had a Bananas Foster sundae the other night and remembered the real magic of bananas: Sizzle them in butter and that sugar turns into rich, caramel, gooey gold! Let's have some more of that, please.
And here's Paula Deen's Bananas Foster recipe -- just in time for the weekend. This is a fabulous and easy Friday-night dessert idea. Or top your pancakes or waffles with these bananas for a decadent breakfast.
Bananas Foster, by Paula Deen via Food Network
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 bananas peeled, halved, and cut lengthwise
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- Ice cream, optional
- Pound cake, optional
In a large skillet, melt butter. Using a wooden spoon, add brown sugar and stir together. Add the bananas and cook until caramelized on both sides, over medium-high heat. Move pan off heat, add the rum, and return to the stove to catch a flame from the gas stove or a long lighter. Stand back when ignited and flambe the bananas. Be careful, a flame will shoot up above the pan. Let flame die down and the alcohol cook out. Serve bananas over vanilla ice cream and/or a slice of pound cake.
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