Bananas Foster is a delectable dessert hailing from New Orleans, consisting of sliced bananas and a rum sauce served over vanilla ice cream. It’s often prepared tableside in restaurants using the flambé cooking technique, where alcohol is added to a hot pan to create flames.
To make this restaurant-worthy dessert at home, you’ll need butter, dark brown sugar, dark rum, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, bananas, coarsely chopped walnuts, and store-bought or homemade vanilla ice cream.
To prepare Bananas Foster, start by melting the butter in a skillet and stirring in the sugar, rum, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add the bananas and walnuts, and cook until the bananas are soft. Finally, serve the mixture over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
While it’s best to make Bananas Foster just before serving, you can prepare the sugary rum sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Reheat the sauce on the stove before adding the bananas and walnuts, and serving it over ice cream as usual.
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅔ cup dark brown sugar
- 3 ½ tablespoons rum
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- Melt butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, rum, vanilla, and cinnamon; bring to a low boil.
- Place bananas and walnuts in the pan. Cook until bananas have softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve at once over vanilla ice cream.