Banana Flambe

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 whole peeled and sliced bananas
  • 2 tablespoons banana liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 glasses filled half way with vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 4 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 2 whole strawberries (remove the stem and make a small hole for the cubed sugar)
  • 2 sugar cubes
Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar until it becomes liquid. Add the butter and the sliced banana. Cook for about 6 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and then add the banana liqueur.

Continue to cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat once again, then add the brandy. Once you put the pan back in the heat, it should flambe. Remove the pan from the heat and start spooning the flambeed banana into the ice cream glass. Add the chocolate syrup and the whipped cream. On top of the whipped cream, right in the center, place the cleaned strawberry, then place the sugar cube in the center of the strawberry. Pour a little bit of the brandy on top of the sugar and carefully ignite it with a match.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.


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    Prepared this for Christmas Eve dessert, and it was delicious.
     
    My husband and I practiced lighting sugar cubes earlier in the day, but when it came time to light the cubes within the strawberry before serving, they just wouldn't light! I used a higher proof liquor so I wonder what the trick is. But dessert was very very good, and everyone loved it.
    I love making this recipe! I've tried it with a few different alcohols and it will only successfully flambe if use an 80 proof or higher liquor. True story.
     
    Other than that, I like to show off with it because the near ceiling high flames make for good entertainment. Supremely tasty on all levels.
    Fire is always good. If you dont like the taste of the alcohol, dontr do the sugar in the strawberry trick at the end as this left a strong taste of brandy. Other than that I have made this a few times now. Also u can use splenda brown sugar to make it a little less sinful!
    I had to use 151 to light the sugar cubes!
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