Bananas foster is a famous dessert that was created by chef Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant in 1951. The name Foster is in honor of a friend of Blangé.
Bananas foster is commonly found in New Orleans restaurants, and thanks to its exceptional flavor, you can find it in many states and countries.
So what is bananas foster? Bananas foster is a combination of bananas with brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, rum, banana liqueur, and butter.
To make bananas foster, you first whip up the syrup with butter, sugar, and spices. Then, you add the bananas to the skillet where they are cooked slightly. The final stage is the liquor flambé.
Many people prefer not to drink liquor or fear flaming because it is a dangerous process. I am in the second group, I prefer not to flambé in my house for fear of ruining the kitchen. This technique is better suited for restaurants that have adequate and equipped kitchens for this purpose.
I have my own technique for making bananas foster without rum, and I’d like to share it with you today!
Making Bananas Foster Without Rum or Alcohol
Making bananas foster without rum or alcohol is easy!
However, the cooking process is slightly different, so let’s run through the necessary adjustments for making alcohol-free bananas foster.
- Make a banana puree by mixing bananas with butter, water, sugar, and spices.
- Cook the banana mixture on the stovetop for a few minutes until it reaches the consistency of syrup. Meanwhile, slice the additional bananas.
- Add the sliced bananas to the pan. It is only necessary to cook them for three to five minutes until they get the color and flavor of the sauce. The only thing missing is serving hot with ice cream over.
How to Select the Best Bananas for Bananas Foster
For bananas foster, it is best to choose barely ripe bananas. Overripe bananas can be turned to mush during the cooking process.
If you don’t care about the look of your dessert, then you can still make it with overripe bananas since the flavor would be similar, albeit sweeter.
Another important point that you should have with bananas is that they oxidize and turn brown quickly. After peeling the bananas, add a few drops of lemon on top to prevent them from turning dark.
All the banana pieces should be cut evenly. Here’s how to properly slice bananas:
- After peeling the banana, cut the narrower ends, and use them for the banana puree in the sauce.
- Cut the banana crosswise in half.
- Take each half, and cut it vertically. I prefer to cut the bananas once the sauce is ready.
Bananas foster is normally accompanied by vanilla ice cream. No one can deny that they are a perfect combination.
If you want to get really fancy, you could even make your own vanilla ice cream.
I don’t usually eat bananas foster alone, but I do use it as an ingredient in other dishes. Leftover bananas foster can turn an ordinary breakfast into something extraordinary. One of my favorite ways to serve bananas foster is with pancakes, crepes, waffles, and cakes.
Explore the various bananas foster combinations for yourself! You really can’t go wrong.
Freezing Leftover Bananas Foster
You can prepare this recipe in advance and keep it in the freezer for up to 1 month.
When you’re ready to eat it, you can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, and heat it in the pan for a few minutes. It might look a little funny, but it will taste like it is freshly made!
For more information, feel free to read our recent article: Can You Freeze Mashed Bananas?
How to Make Bananas Foster Without Rum
Step 1: Gather your ingredients.
Step 2: Melt the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Step 3: Chop the bananas and add to the butter mixture.
Step 4: Add the sliced bananas and cook for 5-10 minutes.
Step 5: Remove from heat. Top with peanuts and vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
- 4 bananas (barely ripe)
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup of water
- ½ cup peanuts (you can also use walnuts, cashews, or almonds)
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Gather your ingredients.
Place the butter in a skillet over low heat. Stir with a spoon until it melts, then add the brown sugar, and cinnamon, continuing to stir.
After about five to ten minutes, you should have syrup. Turn the stove on low heat while cutting the bananas.
Peel the bananas and sprinkle them lightly with a few drops of lemon to prevent them from turning brown. Pour them into the pan with the melted butter mixture.
Stir until the banana pieces melt and form a paste. Add the water and continue beating for a few minutes so that the mixture is slightly diluted.
Pour this mixture into a skillet and cook for about five to ten minutes over medium-high heat until it turns dark and thick. If you have little time, you can take this mixture to the blender and after disintegrating all the bananas continue cooking.
Lastly, add the bananas and peanuts. Stir about 5 minutes more so the bananas cook lightly. Turn off the stove and remove from heat.
Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g
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