Cookbook:Chocolate Bananas Foster

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Down in New Orleans, where Bananas Foster was invented, they'll bring out this hot plate and make the dish table side, including a spectacular flambé.


  • 4 slightly unripe bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 tsp orange zest, finely grated
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients except bananas, powdered sugar, orange, and rum in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once mixture comes to a boil add bananas, making sure to keep at least 1/2 an inch between them. Cook for 1 minute per side.
  2. Remove bananas from pan and keep warm. Bring mixture again to a strong boil over high heat. Turn off the heat and add rum. If rum has not ignited by itself, do so carefully either with a firestick or a long fireplace match. Wait until flames die out before stirring in zest.
  3. Spoon sauce over bananas and dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm with some ice cream.
Last modified on 23 January 2010, at 20:49