Bananas Foster

I remember growing up as a child, we used to visit family friends down in Florida. And after each meal, the most delicious cold and hot dessert would close out the night. I nearly forgot about this dessert until I listened to one of the latest episodes from the podcast, Freakonomics, The Most Interesting Fruit in the World.” Did you know that 99% of the world’s commercial bananas are one species? The Cavendish.

Now there’s a fun fact for you!

Anyway I digress, let’s get started on this dessert.



  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced

  • A pinch of cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons banana liqueur

  • 1-2 ounce dark rum (depending on how strong you like the flavor of rum)

  • Vanilla ice cream (my favorite is Trader Joe’s)


  • Melt butter and sugar in a pan until slightly bubbly on medium heat

  • Add the banana slices faced down on one side

  • Flip as the sides begin to candy (about 3-5 minutes)

  • Sprinkle the cinnamon on top

  • After 3-5 minutes take off the heat

  • Add the two liquors into one edge of the pan

  • Tilt the pan away from you and using a lighter gun or long match, light the alcohols

  • Spoon the flaming liquid over the bananas until the flames die down

  • In a dish, immediately scoop out dollops of ice cream and pour the bananas around the edges

  • Done.