Bananas Foster: A Love Story
I have a million memories of making bananas foster but my favorite was when Heather and I braved the first storm of “Snowmageddon” last year (close to 3 feet of snow total) and walked to 7/11 for a midnight snack. At first we grabbed Doritos, and Snickers bars but then we saw that they had bananas and those little packages of Sarah Lee pound cakes. We had butter, brown sugar and rum. Jackpot.
The streets were deserted and completed white, it hardly looked like a main turnpike. The sky was pitch black. We looked like Eskimos with 7/11 bags and I think we even sang Christmas songs. It was wonderful.
Recipe from Paula Deen (It’s got a stick of butter in it! Of course I used her recipe)
1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 bananas peeled and halved, cut lengthwise
1/4 cup dark rum
1 slice of pound cake
Melt butter in a large skillet. Add brown sugar and stir together. Slice and add the bananas, cook until caramelized over medium-high heat. Pour in the rum and carefully light the pan on fire with a match or lighter (a long candle lighter is best). Flambe. The flame will shoot high out of the pan, don’t panic it will die out within 25 seconds. Serve immediately over a slice of pound cake with scoops of vanilla ice cream.