Warm Bananas with Brown Sugar and Bay Leaf

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.