Warm Bananas with Brown Sugar and Bay Leaf

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

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 ripe bananas, peeled and cut on the bias into 1/3-inch slices (about 1 quart)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fresh coarsely ground black pepper
  • Store bought chocolate cake or ice cream, for serving
Directions

In large skillet over high heat, melt the butter and cook until it browns, about 3 minutes. Add the bay leaves and stand back (it may pop). Add the lemon juice, orange juice, brown sugar, brandy, and a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture up to a boil. Stir and cook until the liquid has reduced by half and it has reached a syrupy consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the bananas and pepper. Stir to coat the bananas evenly. Serve immediately spooned over cake or ice cream.

Cooking Notes: You can make the sauce hours ahead of time. Just add the fruit after you bring the sauce back to a simmer. The fruit should be a little cool inside. Serve it with a good, store bought chocolate cake or spoon it over your favorite ice cream.


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