Saturday, April 17, 2010
A few weeks ago we ate at the fabulous Del Mar Bar and Bistro in Chatham. We went there to try their off-season $18 fixed price menu that included an appetizer, entree and dessert. Honestly, we were blown away by how good the food was. Local folks who want to read my review of the entire meal can do so here.
The whole dinner was wonderful, but the surprise of the night was the bananas foster. It's not something I would usually order (and sadly I didn't order it, the Kitchen Genius did). Of course he let me try a bite so I could write about it for the review. One side of the bowl was filled with sliced bananas in a warm sauce made with Myers's rum, brown sugar and butter and the other side had premium vanilla ice cream.
When the ice cream and sauce met on a spoon, the sauce hardened slightly to form a creamy caramel-like texture that was heavenly. My spoon kept sneaking over to his bowl for another bite...and another...and another. It was so good that KG made it again at home the following night.
This is a quick and easy dessert that can be made in about 15 minutes, so it would also be perfect for company. First he peeled and sliced the bananas. We like our bananas cut in bigger chunks so their flavor isn't overpowered by the sauce.
Next he melted butter, mixed in brown sugar and cooked it over medium heat until caramelized.
If that wasn't yummy enough, he added some dark rum and whisked vigorously. He cooked the mixture until alcohol burned off and the sauce thickened again, about 5 minutes.
Finally he added the bananas and cooked them for three or four more minutes, until warmed through, stirring gently and spooning the caramel sauce over them.
4 bananas, peeled and sliced on the diagonal in 2 inch chunks
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark rum
Melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until caramelized, about five minutes. Add rum and whisk until incorporated. Cook until alcohol burns off and the sauce thickens again, about 5 minutes. Add sliced bananas and cook until they are warmed through, stirring gently and spooning sauce over them to coat. Serve over premium vanilla ice cream.