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Bananas Foster

Bananas are cooked in a buttery brown-sugar sauce; rum is added and ignited just before serving (the flames burn off the alcohol, leaving the flavor behind). Ice cream melts into the warm glaze.

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  • Servings: 4
Bananas Foster

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2007


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 firm ripe bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Melt butter with sugar in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until color deepens, about 3 minutes. Add bananas, cut sides down. Cook, swirling occasionally to make sure bananas are coated, 3 1/2 minutes. Flip bananas, and cook 2 1/2 minutes more.

  2. Remove skillet from heat. Add rum. Return to medium heat, and cook about 10 seconds to allow rum to heat up. If using a gas stove, carefully tip the pan away from you until the vapors from the rum ignite. (Alternatively, light the rum with a long match.) When the flames subside, remove pan from heat. Serve bananas topped with vanilla ice cream.

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