Recipe of the Week: Bananas Foster


Serves 6

  • 5-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces, ¾ stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 cups light brown sugar
  • 6 whole bananas, peeled, halved lengthwise and then cut into quarters
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • ¼ cup banana liqueur
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • 2 long, fireplace matches


In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar, mix thoroughly and set aside.

In a flambé pan or chafing dish, combine the butter and brown sugar. Mash together, then place the pan over medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts and the mixture caramelizes to a rich brown color.

Add the banana pieces to the pan, cut sides down and cook for about 1 minute. Place the rum in a large ladle and ignite with a long match. Drizzle the flaming rum into the pan.

Scatter the cinnamon-sugar mixture directly over the flame. As the flame dies out, pour the banana liqueur into the ladle and ignite with a long match. Drizzle the flaming banana liqueur into the pan and stir gently to combine all the ingredients. The flames will quickly die down.

Immediately place one scoop of ice cream in each of six saucer-style champagne glasses. Spoon the banana mixture over the ice cream and plenty of the pan juices. Serve immediately.

*We recommend that this magic be performed well away from draperies, low ceilings, intake air vents, overhanging decorations, and your guests’ coiffures or clothing*

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