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Banana Foster

This is a traditional recipe for banana foster…the hint of bourbon in the warm banana together with vanilla ice cream is just heaven!

I know you might be asking…another recipe with banana? Now you really believe me when I say that we always have banana “floating” on my kitchen counter…thanks to the great price of banana at Costco that it is so hard to beat.

During this warm days…nothing like ice cream, either homemade or store bought…adding banana foster to a simple and plain vanilla ice cream takes the already delicious vanilla ice cream to another level of dessert. The combination of the hot, creamy, caramelized bourbon banana on top of the ice cold vanilla ice cream is just a dream come through for the taste buds. The signals from your taste buds and brains are just synchronized in unison…THIS IS GOOD! By the way, do not worry about the bourbon when serving to kids, when flambéing the bourbon all the alcohol will be gone in no time.

In this recipe I used the 8 inch iron skillet to cook the bananas, which keep the heat pretty high and really gave me a nice caramelized bananas.

After all this talk I better get to this simple and easy recipe that will make you want more and more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 to 1 ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 large banana cut in half and then length wise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon bourbon
  • Vanilla ice cream of your choice

Method:

Melt the butter in an 8 in iron skillet in a low heat. Add the brown sugar until dissolved. Add the banana and let them caramelized both side, flip carefully as they can bread easily.

Once both side ad golden brown, add the bourbon and carefully use a stick flame to flambé. Cook for another minute until all the flame dies out.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or wherever your imagination takes you…crepes, waffles, cake…

If you do not have bourbon, you can replace with dark rum, and add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. I did not add any of the spices because I did not want to cover the flavor and aroma of bourbon.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might want to check on these homemade frozen dessert…Cherry Ice Cream or Berry Frozen Yogurt.

Did you know that the banana foster was originated in New Orleans? Because New Orleans was a major port of entry for bananas shipped from South America, Brennan’s Restaurant owner challenged his chef to use banana in his dessert. This is how banana foster was born!

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Banana Bread with Chocolate and Bourbon

This banana bread is delicious…moist and loaded with semi dark chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Great warm and each bite come with chocolate and toasted walnut.

This is a very simple recipe for banana bread packed with chocolate chips and spiked with bourbon.  The recipe is based from here. I halved the recipe and baked in 2 mini loaf pans.

Ingredient:

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Direction:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place a rack in the center of the oven. Butter and flour 2 mini loaf pans. Make sure to remove excess of flour.

In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the egg and beat for approximately one minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the bananas, lemon juice, and bourbon, beat until well incorporated. The mixture may look curdled. Turn the mixer to low, add the flour mixture all at once, and beat until almost completely incorporated.

Add the walnuts and chocolate, and stir by hand with a spatula or wooden spoon just until incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Let the loaf cool slightly in the pan, invert it on a wire rack and let it cool completely before slicing.

I hope you enjoy this simple and easy recipe for banana bread. You might want to take a look at Banana Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

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Homemade Banana Jam

Have you ever got yourself stuck with lots of ripe bananas? Somehow this happen to me more often that I expect therefor I have to find a way to use the bananas up, otherwise they end up in a trash which I always feel bad.
So here is a very simple recipe to bust the flavor of banana.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

Cut the banana into approximately ½ inch size.

In a small pan place all the ingredients except for the crescent and turn the stove to medium low heat.

Stir occasionally until the banana mix is slightly thick, cook for about 6 minutes.

Remove from heat. Serve warm or cold.

Now you can use the banana jam to top ice cream, spread on a toast, on pancakes…anyway you like.

You can use this simple homemade banana jam to fill crescent rolls, like in this recipe.

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Banana Jam Crescent Rolls

Don’t you always have bananas on your counter that are screaming to be used? Well, somehow I always find them looking at me and begging to be used…as a matter of fact we are not buying them at Costco anymore because it is too many for us, so we just buy by units at Trader Joe’s. Once in a while I find myself stuck with a couple of them…

This time I decided to make banana jam, sort of, with some cinnamon and fill the crescent rolls with it…and if you have left over, these are delicious over vanilla ice cream, on a toast, pancake…almost like banana foster.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tube of crescent rolls

Method:

Cut the banana into approximately ½ inch size.

In a small pan place all the ingredients except for the crescent and turn the stove to medium low heat. Stir occasionally until the banana mix is slightly thick, cook for about 6 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let it cool.

In the meantime, preheat oven to 350F.

Remove the crescent dough from the tube and gently separate the triangles.

Place about 2 to 3 tablespoon of the banana jam on the crescent roll, spreading evenly.

Roll from the wider side of the triangle tip.

Place the rolls on a silicon mat and bake for approximately 14 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Serve warm or cold.

I hope you give a try to this simple and delicious recipe for banana jam. If you have lots of ripe banana, you might want to try Light Banana Loaf or Banana Muffins with Walnuts.

Did you know that banana contains dietary fibers? And it is a good source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese, but the majority of the calories are derived from sugars.

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Light Banana Loaf

This is a very simple recipe for a very light banana loaf…this loaf is very airy and spongy. I adapted this from the Banana Spongy Cake, I omitted the walnut and instead of muffins cups I make them into a mini loaf, which I great as a gift.

Ingredients:

3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup mashed banana
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup canola oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon rum

Method:

Preheat oven at 350F.
In a bowl sift the flour with baking soda, baking powder and ground cinnamon. In another bowl mix the eggs, vanilla extract, rum, sugar, mashed banana and mix until ribbon stage, which it will take approximately 10 minutes.

Add the flour mix to the egg and banana mix, mixing gently. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the oil.

Pour into the prepared 3 mini loaf pans and bake at 325 F for approximately 30 minutes (lower the temperature once the pans are in the oven) or until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

Cool on the wire rack and serve, or wrap the loaf and send to a lucky friend :)

Did you know that bananas are naturally radioactive? It is because of its high levels of potassium and a small amount of potassium-40, which is the largest source of natural radioactivity found in animals and humans.

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Banana Sponge Cake

As always, I am looking for banana recipes. This cake is very simple and easy to make, and it is delicious, light and very fluffy. The first time I used a loaf pan, and the cake just disappeared…this time I made them into small servings, so we can better control the portions.

This cake is great to serve as a snack and it stays moist and fresh for a couple of days. You can always dress these cupcakes up by topping with your favorite frosting.  I chose to keep it plain for the time being…

The cake/cupcakes will shrink a little once you remove them from the oven, but do not worry, it will not affect its texture. They will still be very light, moist and fluffy.

Ingredients:

3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup mashed banana
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup canola oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup chopped walnut

Method:

Preheat oven at 325F.

In a bowl sift the flour with baking soda, baking powder. In another bowl mix the eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, mashed banana and mix until ribbon stage.

Add the flour mix to the egg and banana mix, mixing gently. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the walnut and the oil.

Pour into the prepared muffin cup (approximately 18 cups) and bake for approximately 25 minute at preheated oven or until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

Cool on the wire rack and serve.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for banana sponge cake.

You might want to check out other recipes using banana, such as banana muffins with walnut or banana bread with chocolate chips.

 

Did you know that banana leaves, because of their size (large), flexibility and waterproof quality are often used as disposable plates in South Asia and Southeast Asia?

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Banana Upside Down Cake

This is a recipe that I used to use when back in Brazil decades ago…and decided to revive it. It is simple and easy. It is three layers: caramel (which will melt), bananas, and the cake batter.
The cake batter is a recipe from a University classmate’s mom. I lost contact with her after moving to US and every time I make this cake I wish I could find her again.
This cake is great accompanied with a cup of your favorite tea.

Ingredients:

Caramel
½ cup sugar
¼ to 1/3 cup water

Cake batter
¾ cup sugar
1 stick butter
2 cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
1 pack flan powder dissolved in 6 tablespoon milk
3 eggs

Banana sliced to cover a 9 x 9 pan

Method:

Caramel
Mix the sugar with the water and cook in medium heat until the sugar caramelized. Once turned brownish, pour in the pan, and every spread the caramel. Be careful since the pan will be very hot. Set aside and let it cool.

Once the caramel settle and cool down, place the sliced banana on top of the caramel.

Cake batter
In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg one at the time by continuous beating. Add the flour and baking powder to the egg mix, beating gently. Add the milk with the flan powder dissolved in it. Put the batter on top of the layer of banana and bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
Remove from the oven and flip the cake. Let it cool before serving.

Did you know that bananas are naturally radioactive? It is because of its high levels of potassium and a small amount of potassium-40, which is the largest source of natural radioactivity found in animals and humans.

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Banana Bread

This is a very simple recipe for banana bread. Since my husband loves banana and we always get it at Costco, no need to mention that once in a while we end up with extra ripe bananas. This recipe was taken from Desserts Magazine’s kid’s issue, so you can guess that this recipe is a very simple and easy one :-).

Ingredients:

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Method:

In a bowl sift the flour, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl mix the egg, sugar, oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, mix gently until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Bake in a preheated 350F oven for approximately 75 minutes or until inserting a toothpick it comes clean.

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Banana Muffins

Since my husband eats 1 banana a day and we get them at Costco, no need to tell you that we always end up with super ripe bananas…so this time I decided to bake some muffins…again this one is simpleand easy to make. These muffins are delicious, a great addition to breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
Detail…I asked my husband to mash the bananas, so the bananas were mashed but not all the way. Well, the muffins turned out good in spite of the semi-mashed bananas as we could bite into little pieces of banana.

Ingredients:

1.5 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 oz of butter
1 cup chopped walnut
3 bananas mashed

Method:

Shift the flour and the baking powder together. In a bowl blend the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and butter. Once the batter is smooth add the flour and the baking powder and mix gently. Add the mashed banana and the walnut. Scoop the batter into standard muffin cups.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 20 minutes at 350F.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

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Banana Spring Rolls

Somehow I do not like fresh banana, my hypothesis is that back in Brazil bananas were everywhere, therefore I have a kind of “fobia”, but I like banana in cake, pies, bread…in another word cooked. We always have it at home since my husband likes them and many time we get at Costco…as you can see from the picture, he was not able to take care of the load so I decided to create a dessert with it. I wanted something simple and yet yummie.

Ingredients:

Ripe bananas
Spring roll wrap
Brown sugar
Cinnamon
Butter

Method:

Cut the banana in half. In the center of the wrap place brown sugar, cinnamon and 1 piece of banana. Wrap by folding like an envelope.

In a skillet melt the butter and add the rolls, let it brown both sides. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

The combination of the crisp hot/warm banana rolls with ice cream is just delicious…now I look forward to have extra ripe bananas so I have excuse to make the banana rolls.

 

Did you know that banana has many heath benefits?
Here are some of them:
Due to high content of iron, prevents anemia;
Reduce depression because contain tryptophan, help to improve mood;
Contain high fiber, therefore help bowel function;
Very high in potassium, prevent high blood pressure;
High in B vitamins, improve nerve function.

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