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Perfectly caramelized bananas are drenched in booze, set aflame, then served a la mode... Need we say more? Starting with the iconic recipe from Brennan’s Restaurant, we’ve given this boozy treasure a bourbon-ous makeover just in time for the Kentucky Derby. Lizzie, Recipe Hunter

Lizzie Tilchin


Bourbon Bananas Foster

Dessert So Hot, It's On Fire.

Bourbon Bananas Foster

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is approaching, which we consider a perfect occasion to turn our palates southward. A heavenly dish where bananas are caramelized in a skillet, flambeed, and then served over ice cream, Banana’s Foster was created at Brennan’s Restaurant (New Orleans) in 1951 by Chef Paul Blange. The dessert is classically made with dark rum, but in the spirit of the Derby and its signature booze, we’ve decided to go for the bourbon instead. Don’t be afraid if you’ve never flambeed, you just spark up the bourbon, then (literally) stand back and let it do the rest of the work for you. If you are more confident in your fire-wielding abilities, you could have yourself a pretty impressive tableside performance (we all grew up being told not to play with our food, but nobody ever said anything about setting it on fire!). Read on for our adapted recipe. You probably shouldn’t eat this for dinner (but we won’t tell if you do).


Bourbon Bananas Foster

Adapted from Brennan’s

Yield: 2 servings


  • ½ stick of butter
  • ½  cup brown sugar
  • ¼  tsp cinnamon
  • 2 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream


    1. Combine butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a skillet.
      Making Bananas Foster - combine sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a saute pan
    2. Place pan over medium heat on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and a caramel sauce forms.
      Making Bananas Foster - caramel sauce
    3. Place the bananas in the pan, cut side down, and cook for 2 minutes until they just start to soften.
      Making Bananas Foster - bananas in pan
    4. Use a spoon to flip the bananas over and cook for another 2 minutes.
      Making Bananas Foster - flip the bananas
    5. When the bananas soften and begin to brown, remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the bourbon to the pan, standing back. Swirl the pan to incorporate the bourbon and using a long-neck lighter, carefully ignite the bourbon.
      Making Bananas Foster - flambé the bourbon
    6. When the flames subside, swirl the pan again to mix the sauce. Lift the bananas out of the pan and place over ice cream. Spoon warm sauce over the top and serve immediately.
      Bourbon Bananas Foster