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Bonnano's Foster

In this recipe, created by firehouse chef Joe Bonnano, apple juice can be substituted for the liqueur, if desired. For a nonfat version, omit the butter and serve over nonfat frozen yogurt.

  • servings: 6




  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Kahlua, or other coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • Ground cinnamon, to taste
  • Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, for serving


  1. Step 1

    Build a charcoal fire in an outdoor grill, and let burn until coals are covered with white ash. Let the fire burn down to medium-hot (you should be able to hold your hand at grate level for 3 seconds). In a gas grill, preheat to medium.

  2. Step 2

    Tear off six 12-inch squares of aluminum foil. Fold one foil square in half, and unfold. On the half below the fold, place 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Kahlua, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 sliced banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Fold the foil over to form a packet, crimping the open edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. (The packets can be prepared up to 1 hour ahead and kept at room temperature.)

  3. Step 3

    Place packets on grill, and cook until sugar, Kahlua, and butter are boiling (open a packet to check), 5 to 7 minutes. Open the packets, pour over bowls of ice cream, and serve immediately.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2002