Winter or summer, bananas sit prominently on many kitchen counters. One of my breakfast favorites is a peanut butter and banana sandwich made with toasted whole grain bread. It’s fast to make and healthy. Add a glass of milk or cup of hot coffee on the side.
Bananas for dessert? Of course. They’re the foundation for traditional banana splits, but hey, it’s cold outside! So here is an easy, scrumptious, warm, and rather classy banana dessert – perfect for wintertime (or summer). The bananas are simmered in browned butter, and served with a rum-laced sauce, topped with toasted pecans.
A few kitchen tips: Browning the butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to the sauce but it’s tricky to see in a dark, coated skillet (as I did for the stovetop photos below). It’s best to use a stainless steel skillet to make sure the butter reaches a golden-brown hue without burning. Also, I tested the sauce using brown sugar, but it was a bit grainy in the end. And I tried 3 tablespoons rum; it was too strong, masking the browned butter and banana flavors.
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Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans
Prep & Cook time: 23-25 minutes total Makes 4 servings with about 1/3 cup sauce
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. dark rum
Grated peel of one lemon
3 Tbsp. butter
3 medium bananas, green at the stem
Toasted pecan halves
In a 1-cup glass measuring cup or small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, cinnamon and a generous sprinkle of cardamom. Add milk, rum and lemon peel; stir until smooth. Set aside.
Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Cook about 5 minutes, swirling butter a few times, until butter just starts to turn golden. Meanwhile, peel bananas, cut in half, then cut in half again lengthwise (see photo below). When butter is golden, place bananas in pan, flat side down. Cook 2 minutes only. Turn with a spatula; cook 1 minute more. Immediately reduce heat. Transfer bananas to serving plates, 3 pieces per serving.
Pour powdered sugar mixture into skillet. Increase heat to medium; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour sauce back into measuring cup and let cool 5 minutes.
Stir sauce and drizzle over each serving. Add 4-5 pecan halves. If desired, top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This is just one of the banana recipes I developed for Coastal Living magazine, March 2012 issue. Click link to see more.