Rum Flambeed Figs and Bananas

My oh my, I love rum flambeed bananas (also known as bananas foster).  Flambeed bananas is one of the first desserts I ever made, and it’s a good one to start with because not only is it really easy, but it’s impressively delicious.  I mean you could cook just about anything in a butter brown sugar rum sauce and it would always taste good, but I find that bananas and figs go very well together in this dish. Oh, plus we get to play with fire and intentionally send something up in flames.   Here’s how to make it:

2 ripe bananas
8-10 dried figs
2 tbsp dark rum (use 100+ proof if you want it to light)
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Ice cream to top it off (I used tortoni)

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and add the brown sugar and cinnamon:
Who wouldn’t want to take a swim in that?  Yum.  While the sugar dissolves, slice up the bananas vertically so you can lay them in the pan and easily turn them.  Cut the stems off the figs, and slice those in half as well:
Saute the bananas and figs in the sauce for 2-3 minutes on each side:
Remove the pan from the stove, and pour in the rum.  Light with a match or the flames from your gas stove (oh how I envy you if you have a gas stove).  Make sure you stand back from those flames…wouldn’t want to lose an eyebrow or two.

Once the flame dies out, serve in dishes and top with ice cream.  Thanks for reading!

Click here for the printable recipe.

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