Four speckled bananas on the counter on a Saturday morning would ordinarily set me to pulling out bread pans to make banana bread. I have been trying to keep meals healthy yet tempting and a slice of banana bread certainly makes the list. But I like variety, and I kept thinking about the banana flambe dishes we have occasionally enjoyed in restaurants that add the flair of tableside flaming to their menu. So I did a little internet search, and sure enough, I am not the first one that added this to his/her breakfast choices! This recipe is adapted from several I liked (Mario Batali’s Bananas Foster, www.victoriouseating.wordpress.com, and others.) As usual, my choice of ingredients was based on the content of my pantry. I never run to the store for a missing ingredient. In this case, I think it worked well. Joe took one bite and declared he is the luckiest man alive. He does like bananas. This would be delicious served over a bowl of Greek yogurt or traditional pancakes, but Dutch Baby pancakes are so easy and I could make the banana sauce while it was baking. I have posted that recipe here before, but will include it again.
Dutch Baby Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 4 – 6 servings
1/3 cup butter (6 Tablespoons)
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
Put butter into 8-10 inch iron skillet, place in oven to melt. Put rest of ingredients into blender and mix. Remove skillet, pour batter into butter, return to oven for 20 minutes or until puffed. While this is baking, make the Bananas Foster!
Breakfast Bananas Foster (served over Dutch Baby)
4 Ripe bananas, sliced into rounds and sprinkled with fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup butter
2 cinnamon sticks
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
¼ cup Triple Sec
½ cup brandy
Melt butter with brown sugar over low hat and stir with cinnamon sticks and lemon zest until sugar dissolves and begins to caramelize. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, pinch of salt, and triple sec, return to heat while stirring. Stir in bananas and heat about 2 minutes. Remove from stove. Drizzle brandy over the mixture and carefully light with long-handled igniter. Serve over freshly baked wedges of Dutch Baby Pancake. You can use leftover bananas to make banana bread!