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Bananas Foster is a true New Orleans original dessert and a staple to most locals. This sweet treat was invented at Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter and consists of bananas, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, rum, banana liqueur and vanilla ice cream. Yum! If you’re a visitor to New Orleans, you’ll probably make your first morning stop to Cafe Du Monde for the world famous Beignets. We can’t blame you. They’re also delicious. But when lunch or dinner time comes, stop in at Brennan’s or one of several other local New Orleans restaurants to enjoy this sweet and sinful dish. Care to try your hand at recreating this memorable dish? Give our recipe a go and you’ll be cheering, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”
The 2nd thing most enjoyable, next to consuming, is the preparation of this dessert. Skip the kitchen and make it in front of your dinner guests. Safety first, so keep a fire extinguisher close by. You’ll need a chafing dish and canned heat/chafing fuel like Sterno to get started. We promise that if you prepare this correctly in front of your guests, they’ll come to you next time they feel the urge to satisfy their sweet tooth.
NOLA Original Bananas Foster
- Chafing Dish
- Chafing Fuel
- 4 tbsp butter (1/2 stick)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 bananas
- 2 oz banana liqueur
- 4 oz dark rum
- Ground cinnamon
- Vanilla ice cream (optional)
- Start with peeling and quartering 2 bananas.
- Next, melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add 1 cup of brown sugar.
- Mix until a creamy paste is formed.
- Caramelize the mixture over heat for 5 minutes.
- Stir in 2 ounces of banana liqueur and heat for an additional 3 minutes to warm.
- Next, add the bananas and 4 ounces of rum, warmed.
- Ignite rum in the chafing dish, sprinkle in some cinnamon and let cook for 2 minutes.
- Complete this New Orleans dessert by serving over ice cream.