Here?s an indulgent treat that?s long been a New Orleans favorite. This recipe easily can be cut in half, or doubled. And if you leave out[ the liqueur and rum, it?s a perfect dessert for the kids!]
- 4 ripe bananas, peeled
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup banana liqueur
- 1/2 cup dark rum
- 1 pint Vanilla Ice Cream, recipe follows, or good quality store bought vanilla ice cream
- Vanilla Ice Cream:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split in 1/2 lengthwise
- 6 large egg yolks
Cut the bananas in half across and then lengthwise.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Add the bananas and turning, cook on both sides until the bananas start to soften and brown, about 3 minutes. Add the banana liqueur and stir to blend into the caramel sauce. Carefully add the rum and shake the pan back and forth to warm the rum and flame the pan. (Or, off the heat, carefully ignite the pan with a match and return to the heat.) Shake the pan back and forth, basting the bananas, until the flame dies.
Divide the ice cream among 4 dessert plates. Gently lift the bananas from the pan and place 4 pieces on each scoop of ice cream. Spoon the sauce over the ice cream and bananas, and serve immediately.Vanilla Ice Cream:
Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl until frothy and lemon colored, about 2 minutes. Whisk 1 cup of the hot cream into the egg yolks in a slow, steady stream. Gradually add the egg mixture to the hot cream, whisking constantly. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly against the surface of the mixture to keep a skin from forming. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.
Yield: 1 quart
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