bananas foster

Bananas Foster

Named after New Orleans Crime Commission chairman Richard Foster (a friend of Owens Brennan), this dessert was originally created in 1951 by Chef Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant and has since become a New Orleans tradition.


Bananas Foster

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup banana liqueur
  • 4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream


  1. Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet.

  2. Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

  3. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.

  4. When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum.

  5. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum.

  6. When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream.

  7. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.


Steve D.

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