Bananas Foster

You haven’t lived if you haven’t tried this dessert.  Trust me. (And trust my Mom, who made us cook it for her three nights in a row while she visited us!)

Photo by: Flickr user ginnerobot


  • 4 regular bananas (or 8 apple bananas)
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 oz. of amber or dark rum
  • Ice cream


  1. Over medium heat in a large saucepan, melt butter and add brown sugar.  Bring to a boil. Add sliced bananas and cook until soft (approximately 5 minutes).  Remove from heat.
  2. Pour rum over the contents and ignite.  Shake pan to ensure all alcohol burns off.
  3. Serve over ice cream (makes four portions).
  4. Call or email to thank me when you’re done.


15 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • Patricia
    April 24 2011

    I just drooled. <3

  • April 24 2011

    LOOVE me some Bananas Fosters!
    Justin Hamlin recently posted..Foto Friday

    • April 24 2011

      I can’t believe I lived 30ish years of my life not knowing about this. Ridiculous.

  • Sounds dangerous. And yummy too. Anything with ice cream is good.

    A little off topic, but we just had the best ice cream ever from… ‘Cafe and Crepes’? Did you guys go there when you were in Colombia?
    jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World recently posted..Into the Mouth of A Volcano In Colombia

    • April 24 2011

      It is soooo good. Insanely good.

      Cafe and Crepes?? No, never went there! But the name alone sounds good…

  • April 25 2011

    i’ll be right over! 😉 seriously??? i would eat all of it right out of that pan. i loves me some boozy dessert! yours looks dynamite 🙂
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    • April 25 2011

      It is pretty damn good! We actually haven’t made it in a couple of weeks, which is why I licked the screen today… 🙂

  • Alouise
    April 25 2011

    Normally I’m more into the chocolate desserts, but this sounds delicious. I’m gonna have to give it a try.

  • Also delicious with Tequila. My favorite desert.
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    • Peter
      April 25 2011

      Excellent tip, and will try it. We have some tequila kicking around here somewhere. Cheers!

  • May 23 2011

    That looks delicious. Any idea if you can use frozen bananas? I had some that were looking overripe, so I threw them in the freezer. I don’t have any desire for banana bread right now, but would like to use them.
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    • May 23 2011

      Never tried it, but I’m not sure if it would work. The bananas soften up quite a bit in this, so if they are already quite soft, it might become quite a mess. Let me know how it works out if you try it!

  • Ian Schafer
    May 21 2016

    I just made some using Jamaican Rum very liberally with some slightly over ripe bananas, I am going to attempt to freeze them, I will let everyone know how it turns out

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