Bananas Flambe

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 17 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 2 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 orange

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

1/4 cup orange liqueur or brandy

Kosher salt

3 ripe bananas, peeled, halved lengthwise and crosswise

1/2 cup dark rum

Whipped cream, for serving

Remove 4 strips orange zest with a vegetable peeler. Squeeze the orange and strain the juice.


  1. Melt the butter with the sugar, orange zest and vanilla bean in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar caramelizes, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the liqueur, orange juice and a pinch of salt.
  2. Return the skillet to medium heat, add the bananas, cut-side down, and cook until glazed and golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and divide among bowls.
  3. Add the rum to the pan and return to medium heat. Warm for a few seconds without stirring, then carefully tilt the pan so the rum ignites (if using an electric stove, hold a lit match near the sauce to ignite it). Spoon the flaming sauce over the bananas. Garnish with whipped cream and the glazed orange zest.