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