Banana Foster is your dessert if you have a sweet tooth!
Bananas are cooked in a buttery sweet sauce before being served over vanilla ice cream.
What is Banana Foster?
Banana Foster is a traditional dessert from the south in the US.
Bananas are cooked with butter sugar, cinnamon and liquor.
The dish is popular in restaurants in New Orleans and Louisiana, as it is ignited in a pan as a little show service effect.
You can inflame this dish but I don't recommend that you do this at home.
I think it's safe to say that the flambé technique should be left to professionals only.
The seasoned sauce with bananas is then served over scoops of vanilla ice cream.
It's a cold and hot dessert and a popular favorite for house guests!
To make the sauce for your banana foster you will need the following ingredients:
- Bananas - Small bananas look better when you plate up but you can use regular bananas too. I like to use super ripe bananas, they are sweeter.
- Brown Sugar - as an alternative regular sugar
- Cinnamon - ground. Cassia is ok too.
- Banana Liquor or liqueur (optional but makes it soooo much better!) - I used a banana schnapps liquor. Banana liqueur will be sweetened.
- Vanilla Ice Cream - homemade is the most delicious choice of course.
How to make Banana Foster?
The sauce with bananas is easy to prepare in a simple skillet over the stovetop.
Here is an overview of how it comes together. Watch the how-to video (pop up) and get the recipe further below with ingredients and detailed instructions.
Heat up a skillet and melt butter.
Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Combine and stir cook
Add the banana to the pan and coat them in the sugar butter blend.
Pour in rum and banana liquor and cook banana on both sides quickly over high heat.
At this point, they would ignite the sauce and bananas over a stove in restaurants but we skip that (think of your safety).
Prepare bowls with scoops of vanilla ice cream and arrange banana and sauce over the ice cream.
The classic old fashioned way to enjoy your banana foster is with vanilla ice cream only.
But what if you dare to serve it up with with something else?
Here are some of my favorite delicious ways to serve up this hot banana dessert:
- with French toast
- with pancakes, crepes, or blinis
- mixed in yogurt
- prepared into a cheesecake, bread pudding, banana bread, or monkey bread
- in overnight oats
- with a slice of pie
- with waffles
You can top your banana foster with crushed walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds.
Yes, you can make banana foster ahead of time, a week, and not more than that. Store the sauce with bananas in an airtight container and when you are ready to enjoy it serve it up with ice cream.
If there are leftovers (which is rare, haha!) place them into an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to a week. You can freeze them too in freezer-friendly containers. Thaw by keeping in the fridge overnight.
No, the alcohol doesn't cook out completely.
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Banana Foster Recipe
For the banana and sauce
- 4 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
- Keep a skillet over the heat. Add the butter and wait for it to melt.
- Stir brown sugar with cinnamon into the butter. Keep over a medium heat setting and stir cook for a minute or until the sugar has melted into the butter.
- Place bananas into the pan without them breaking. Keep over a medium flame and turn the banana carefuly each once so that they are coated with the butter-sugar blend.
- Turn stove to high heat and quickly pour in rum, and optionally the banana liquor/liqueur, to deglaze.
- Cook banana over high heat on both sides for 2 minutes or so or until the liquor has reduced. Turn the banana only once around because else they can get mushy. *see Notes for flambé
- Arrange scoops of vanilla ice cream in a bowl and top with hot banana foster and sauce. Serve up instantly!