Super easy and impressive, my baked bananas Foster with pecans goes from conception to completeness in mere minutes, y'all. Fresh bananas, sliced into pieces and then baked on both sides. Then, covered with a 5-ingredient sauce that replaces rum with rum extract, so you get to enjoy the deep, rich rum taste without having to literally set your pan on fire. A recipe worth repeating often, this simple gluten free dessert is the perfect warm and toasty treat any time of the day or night. Yep and yay...
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Sometimes the Simplest Desserts Really are the Fanciest, Y'all...
When I usually think of bananas Foster, I envision it being served to people who are dressed to the nines, sitting around a white linen-covered table at a distinguished New Orleans restaurant. In my mind movie, they're overflowing with anticipation, just chomping at the bit to see the famous flambé that accompanies the end of the customary dessert preparation.
Truth be told, bananas Foster has always seemed so super fancy to me. So fancy in fact, that it took me years and years to attempt it myself. I thought that I wouldn't be able to do it justice. That I couldn't even come close to the original recipe developer's version. You know, the one Chef Paul Blange created it in 1951 to appear in a feature newspaper article about his employer, Brennan's Restaurant?
Chef Paul's story has been told many, many times. In fact, there's rarely an old New Orleans documentary shown on TV that doesn't include it. And, every time I see one, I'm beside myself wanting bananas Foster for like two weeks.
And We All Have Days Where We Just Need Them to Soothe Our Souls...
I've also found myself thinking about it out of nowhere lately. I've had some pesky challenges arise. And, I've had to deal with the time, energy and over-thinking aspects of these challenges so much that they've literally made me desire meals and desserts that were just as quick as they are delicious.
So, in my quest to kitchen-simplify, I created this brand new baked bananas Foster with pecans. Using just 6 ingredients, it has all of the familiar flavors you crave. There are less than 5 minutes of hands-on time. And, there's no bottle of rum or banana liqueur to run out and buy.
The rum extract takes care of the rich, alcohol-y aftertaste. And there's so little of it that you can use one bottle to make several batches. And, while the pecans are not native to the original recipe, they work really well here. Yep. They toast in the oven quickly, and lend a bit more substance to the dish. You can leave them out, however, and it will not change the taste of the dessert at all, only the texture.
How to Make Baked Bananas Foster with Pecans
Start the baked bananas Foster with pecans by preheating the oven. Then, gather all of the necessary ingredients:
Now, peel the bananas and cut them right down the middle. Next, cut the halves into two pieces. Arrange the halves cut side up in your cast iron skillet, and bake for a few minutes:
Then, remove the skillet from the oven. Use a spatula to turn the bananas over carefully, then put the skillet back into the oven:
While the bananas are baking, pour the butter and the brown sugar into another small saucepan or skillet:
Once melted and incorporated, add the rum extract, cinnamon and pecans to the pan:
And cook down for just a minute, until the bananas Foster sauce looks like this. Then, remove from heat, and pour over the baked bananas. Finally, put the skillet back into the oven for just a few minutes more:
And that's it, y'all!!
The first thing you notice are the soft-baked banana slices that melt right in your mouth. Then, the warm, buttery brown sugar and cinnamon notes dance on your palate while you enjoy crunching on the toasty pecan pieces. Finally, the rum extract almost seems to explode off of the back of your tongue at the finish. Its richness is both simultaneously warming and relaxing, like a roaring fire in the winter, or a sun-kissed beach towel waiting for you to get out of the pool in the summer.
I'm happy to share my new, twice-tested baked bananas Foster with pecans with y'all. And I'm pretty confident that you'll love its ease, simplicity, and amazing textures and flavors just as much as I do. If you try it, please comment below and tell me all, all about it.
Share this baked bananas Foster with pecans with those whose presence brings delight to your heart and refreshment to your spirit. And see y'all on the yum side...
Baked Bananas Foster with Pecans
- 2 bananas
- 5 tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cups chopped pecans
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon gluten free rum extract
- gluten free vanilla ice cream for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Peel bananas, then cut in half. Cut the halves in half again.
- Arrange the sliced banana pieces in a single layer along a well-greased cast iron skillet.
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove skillet from oven, and use a spatula to turn the banana slices over carefully. (It's ok if one or more of the pieces break, it will not effect the taste of the dish. You can also spoon more sauce over the broken pieces to make them elegant over the ice cream before serving.)
- Put skillet back into the oven, and bake for 5 additional minutes.
- Pour the butter and the brown sugar into a small saucepan or skillet.
- When the butter melts, stir until the sugar and butter are well-combined.
- Add the chopped pecans, cinnamon and GF rum extract to the pan. Cook for 1 additional minute, then remove from heat.
- Remove skillet from oven.
- Pour the bananas foster sauce over the bananas.
- Put skillet back into oven, and bake for 3 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Let cool for about 3 minutes, then serve immediately with gluten free vanilla ice cream.