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Bananas Flambé

Now this is fun. Really fun. That it also happens to be a crazy delicious dessert is almost beside the point.

August 8th, 2017

From CLUELESS IN THE KITCHEN: COOKING FOR BEGINNERS, by Evelyn Raab

Now this is fun. Really fun. That it also happens to be a crazy delicious dessert is almost beside the point. But if the idea of setting fire to your dessert makes you nervous, this will still be excellent without the flambéing step, so you can skip it if you want.

Servings
Makes 4 thrilling servings.
Ingredients
  • 4 large, ripe bananas, peeled and cut in half crosswise, then split in half lengthwise (making 4 pieces from each banana)
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. (45 ml) butter
  • ½ cup (125 ml) light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. (45 ml) brandy or liqueur, any kind
  • Vanilla ice cream
Directions
  1. Sprinkle the cut bananas with the lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown and place them in a bowl.

  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add the brown sugar and stir well. Add the bananas to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes, or until almost tender, turning them over carefully once — they should be golden brown and quite soft but still intact. Remove the pan from the heat.

  3. Put on your oven mitts and turn off the lights.

  4. Okay, now here’s the good part. Pour the brandy or liqueur over the bananas in the skillet. With a long fireplace match or barbecue lighter, set the bananas on fire. (Make sure your hands are protected and there are no curtains or other things nearby that could ignite.) Enjoy the show while the brandy burns off, and allow the flames to die out by themselves. (Wasn’t that exciting?)

  5. Spoon the bananas and syrupy sauce over vanilla ice cream.

Bananas Flambé
Copyright © 2017 Firefly Books Ltd. Photographs © 2017 by Mike McColl

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