Monday, January 09, 2012

Bananas Foster

How's the health kick going?  I'm actually on track.  But rather than completely denying myself, I have a treat every now and then.  This one is nice and warming on a winter night.  Keep the portion size reasonable and you should remain relatively guilt-free.

Bananas Foster
Makes four servings.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum or orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger (optional, but don't skip it if you have it)
3 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise and crosswise

1 pint vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar, rum (be will flame up), cinnamon, ginger and 1/4 cup water. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Add bananas and sauté until softened, 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes.

Divide ice cream among 4 dessert bowls. Spoon bananas into bowls and drizzle sauce over each. Serve immediately.

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