Cookbook:Chocolate Bananas Foster

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In New Orleans, where Bananas Foster was invented, they'll bring out a 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.