This is a Southern staple. Who doesn't like something sweet at the end of the meal? It reminds me of the first time I had it with my mom and sister in New Orleans. Whether served with pound cake and ice cream or frozen yogurt, it is the perfect closer to any meal.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
- 4 firm-ripe bananas, peeled, halved lengthwise, then halved crosswise
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt) and pound cake, to serve
In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.2.
Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon and cook until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.3.
Add the cream and cook, stirring continuously, until the grainy texture disappears, and the mixture rolls off the spoon in a steady stream, 1 to 2 minutes.4.
Put the banana quarters, rounded-side down, in the pan. Cook until the bananas begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.5.
Turn the bananas onto their flat sides. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the rum. Set the pan over high heat and carefully light rum sauce with a long match or grill lighter. Gently shake the pan until the flame subsides. Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract.6.
Place a generous scoop of ice cream (or frozen yogurt) and pound cake in 8 individual heatproof dessert bowls. Arrange 2 to 3 pieces of sautéed banana around each scoop of ice cream. Spoon on the sauce and serve immediately.