Bananas Foster - You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

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Bananas Foster - You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

Bananas Foster is an easy and elegant dessert made to impress and entertain.

Freshly sliced plantains are smothered in a buttery caramel-brown sugar sauce and then flambéed—on purpose! The trickiest part is lighting the rum.

But don't worry, I'll show you how to do it step by step.

You've probably seen this delicious dessert on restaurant menus, I always order it. It is a classic American dessert that originated in New Orleans.

I always serve mine with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream to deliver its luscious sweetness and restaurant-quality drama.

The (simple) magic of foster bananas

Banana hosting may seem intimidating, but it's SO simple! First, make the sauce by caramelizing the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then cover the freshly cut plantains in the sauce.

Add the dark rum and light carefully to burn off the alcohol, leaving a noticeable rum flavor.

The plantains and salsa are served with vanilla ice cream for the best contrast between hot and cold. Is magic!

How to flame at home like a pro

Flambé simply means adding a bit of alcohol, such as rum, to the food and turning it on fire quickly.

Of course, it's mostly for fun and to impress, but it also leaves behind a subtle rum flavor without the alcohol.

If flaming at home makes you nervous, don't worry, I have tips! They are not meant to intimidate you, but rather to arm you with the skills to do it safely.

Even experts use precautionary measures when flaming.

  • Roll up your sleeves and keep loose clothing and kitchen towels away from open flames.
  • Turn off all other stove burners.
  • Turn off the fan or fan in the kitchen. It can suck in the alcohol vapors and make the flame burn hotter.
  • Turn off the burner first. Then, and only then, pour the rum into the pan. This is especially important if you are working on a gas stove. You don't want the alcohol to catch fire when you pour it into the pan.
  • Use a lighter or long match. This will help you keep a safe distance from the pan.
  • Never get too close to the stove when lighting the alcohol, as it will catch fire immediately.
  • Keep a safe distance between the cooker and other people in the kitchen. Flambling should always be done on the stove, not at the table.
  • Have a large metal lid or fire extinguisher handy to smother and extinguish the flame if it gets out of control.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) light brown sugar, packed well
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 ripe medium bananas
  • 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces) ounces of rum
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve


Melt the butter and sugars:

In a medium skillet over medium heat, add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Use a wooden spoon to stir occasionally until the butter is completely melted and the sugars are dissolved, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice the bananas:

Peel the bananas. Cut them in half lengthwise, then into about 2-inch pieces. Don't cut them too small, they will turn to mush as they cook.

Cook the plantains:

Add the sliced bananas to the pan and toss gently to coat with the sweetened butter. Cook them for about 2 minutes until they start to soften.

Flame the bananas:

Turn off the heat and pour in the rum. Be careful not to spill rum on the stove.

Use a long lighter to light the rum in the pan. Do not stir or turn the pan after lighting it. You will see blue flames ignite, growing larger and smaller after 30-60 seconds.

As the flame travels through the pan to burn off the alcohol, the caramel will bubble and foam - this is completely normal!

Once the flames die down, turn the burner back on to medium heat. Cook the mixture for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat.

Serve with ice cream:

Add a scoop of ice cream to a bowl and top with bananas. Spread the sauce on top and enjoy!

Foster's Bananas should be served immediately. If leftover, refrigerate in a tightly closed container for 3 to 4 days. Reheat gently in a skillet on the stove until warm.

Enjoy this video tutorial about Bananas Foster

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