The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Bananas Foster Edition

I made some bananas Foster for dessert last night, something that impressed my wife with the ease of cooking it. All you have to do is put half a stick of butter, a cup of brown sugar, and a half teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl together, mix it until it’s consistent, then cut four bananas lengthwise. Put all of it in in a frying pan, stir and cook it over medium-high heat until the bananas just begin to turn brown, then stop stirring and slowly add the half cup of rum on top of the mixture. Let it sit for about twenty seconds, then tip the pan so that the rum just touches the hot part of the pan – whoosh! a bit of flame! Then just put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a bowl, put a half-banana from the pan beside it, then spoon some of the sauce on top of the banana and ice cream. Great dessert, everything’s cheap except for the rum, easy to make, and the flame will impress people. (Sorry, I just had to give into my cooking desires here).

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  1. Daisy says:

    oh gosh, I remember eating bananas foster in Vietnam. And it was impressive, something along the lines of “ooh… the plate’s on fire!”

    anyway, just wanted you to know that I’ve been checking your blog and reading as many posts as I possibly can since I found it. it made me think more about how I’m spending my money (which is your aim, I guess) so thanks!

  2. Ramon says:

    Speaking of bananas, on the same line is a quick treat called “Bananas Brule”. Slice some bananas lenghtwise and place flat side up on a raised wire rack. Sprinkle with sugar & cinnamon. Using a propane torch (yes, that is correct) run the flame over banannas until sugar is carmelized and serve.

  3. Amber Yount says:

    yuuummm naners and ice cream! I’m going to have to try that!

  4. For a great video how-to on bananas foster, I always reference http://revision3.com/ctrlaltchicken/bananafoster Ctrl+Alt+Chicken has to be one of my favorite shows on the Rev3 network.

    Great link to the digerati life post, thanks Trent.

  5. Him says:

    So the diet is on hold for a night?

  6. Sailsa says:

    I have to agree with the Bananas Foster. It is one of my favorite desserts to make, especially for guests. As you said, it’s fairly cheap and very easy yet tastes great and everyone is impressed by the flame.

  7. ck_dex says:

    Your cooking/food writing is one of the best things about your blog for those of us who have finances, frugality and investing under control. I’ve learned a lot from your recipes and cookbook suggestions.

  8. Wendy says:

    Yea, you should separate recipes your food category! I’d love to have all your great tips easily accessible (And I’m kinda lazy). Plus, my kitchen remodel was finished last week, so I’m doing a *ton* more cooking, now, and we’ll be eating on the cheap at least until our savings recover!

  9. !wanda says:

    Re diets: a diet should have room for indulgences now and then, just as a budget should. Both should be for life.

  10. Sarah says:

    My husband made bananas Foster this past winter – it made our kids’ evening. Once it’s flaming, it’s fun to sprinkle some cinnamon into the flame – it sparkles.

  11. Penny says:

    I love the idea of bananas foster, but loathe bananas, so my husband makes this for me using peaches. I like the donut peaches the best, but any sort will do – it’s very tasty.

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