Bananas Foster, or Banana Flambe to some, is a family favorite desert around here, and a great way to light up the evenings on the deck when entertaining friends from near and far! 


Bananas (of course)
Brown Sugar
Banana Rum
Banana Liquour if available or Banana Essence (or simply some ripe finely mashed banana juice)
Pecans or Macadamia Nuts
Vanilla Ice Cream
Whip Cream


Melt some additional butter in a seperate pan, add brown sugar to begin the carmelization, add the rum and banana liquour, and set it afire to burn off the alcohol (makes a great Mother's Day show too).  Add the nuts and cinnamon during the flaming process, and add the bananas last so as to not overcook them.  Immediately pour the carmelized banana mixture over vanilla ice cream (prescooped and frozen in bowls if you are serving many, because you can do it faster and the hot mixture won't melt the ice cream as quickly!  Top with whipped cream if you can before your guests run off with it!