Flambéd bananas

Flambéd bananas
The trick of this recipe is to end up with bananas caramelised on the outside, still firm on the inside, coated with a tasty syrup which is not 95% butter.
257,765 14.2/5 for 21 ratings
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 4 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
24 min.16 min.40 min.
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Stage 1 - 10 min.
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Wash carefully 1 lime and 1 orange, cut zests (get organic fruit if possible, especially when peel is used, as in this recipe).

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Squeeze the juice, add zests to juice, add 10 g Vanilla sugar, mix and set aside.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Heat serving plates.

Peel 4 bananas, cut in half lengthways.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Put 30 g Clarified butter in a frying pan over medium heat to melt (if you don't have clarified butter, use normal butter instead).

Scatter half of 30 g caster sugar, allow to caramelize slightly and add bananas.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
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Leave bananas to caramelize as short a time as possible (2-3 minutes maximum, bananas must stay firm inside and golden brown outside, otherwise they become limp) then turn them over and sprinkle the other half of 30 g caster sugar.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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As soon as the second side is golden brown, add ½ glass rum, agitate the pan gently, and light with a match, or by approaching the gas flame.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
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A soon as flames are out, pour in fruit suice and bring to boil.

Then remove bananas, cut in two and put onto hot plates (one banana per guest).

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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With a wooden spatula, deglaze frying pan bottom and reduce syrup slightly. During this operation the zests will crystallize a little.

Stage 9 - 3 min.
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Put two half bananas in each plate, cover with syrup, and serve immediately.


For success with this recipe, it's important to use bananas that are not too ripe, which can be cooked the few minutes necessary to caramelise and not become too soft. The perfect flambéd banana is golden brown all over, tender but still a little firm, and coated with its delicious rum, citrus fruit and vanilla syrup.

All proportions of butter and sugar are very approximate, don't hesitate to modify them to taste, but try not to add more butter, it adds nothing.

It's not necessary to use a great rum, an ordinary one will do.

For a children's version, you can leave out rum, it's still very good.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,319 Kcal or 5,522 Kj14 gr219 gr29 gr
66 %6 %21 %4 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
106 Kcal or 444 Kj1 gr18 gr2 gr
5 %<1 %2 %<1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
330 Kcal or 1,382 Kj4 gr55 gr7 gr
16 %1 %5 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Home made, but originally from Lulu.

More recipes?

This recipe uses (among others)
Clarified butterClarified butter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Corn salad with croutons, Warm autumn salad, Scrambled eggs with langoustines and asparagus tips., Pain perdu, Fillets of sole meunière, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Coconut rocks, Real custard sauce (crème anglaise), Lemon and lime custard tart, Doughnuts, Flaky chocolate brioche, ... All
Vanilla sugarVanilla sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Quince and apple compote, Chocolate rolls (petits pains), Lemon tart, Plain cake, Chantilly cream, ... All
BananaBanana: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Fruit salad, Pavlova, Exotic fruit tart, ... All

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