Flambé Bananas

Flambé bananas flame up as the alcohol is lit on fire.

If you are looking to add some theatrics to your next outdoor dessert try flambé bananas. The flames will grab everyone’s attention yet the recipe is still simple and very tasty. This is a classic dessert that is well situated for outdoor cooking. 

Bananas are not always the easiest ingredient to travel with. So consider serving this dessert towards the beginning of a long trip. Otherwise, the bananas may be overripe by the time you are ready to use them.

The recipe suggests brandy or rum, but you can exchange it for other alcohols that you may have on the campsite already. Try not to avoid using any alcohol, as it is a big factor in the final flavor. If available, this dessert is delicious with vanilla ice cream. 

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Flambé bananas are being slide from the frying pan to a serving plate.
This very quick and easy to cook recipe creates a sweet banana dessert with a little bit of flame, great option for your next camping trip.
Butter and brown sugar is in a frying pan.
Banana and brown sugar are the foundation of the sauce in this easy flambe banana recipe.
Flambé bananas are served and ready to eat on a camp plate.
Flambé bananas creates softened yet still firm banana in a sweet buttery sauce.
Flambé bananas flame up as the alcohol is lit on fire.
Add some theatrics to your next outdoor dessert with Flambé bananas. The flames will grab everyone’s attention yet the recipe is still simple.

Flambé Bananas Recipe

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Flambé bananas flame up as the alcohol is lit on fire.
If you are looking to add some theatrics to your next outdoor dessert try Flambé Bananas. The flames will grab everyone’s attention yet the recipe is still simple and very tasty.
Preparation 5 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Ready in 10 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
CourseDessert
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSauté

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brandy or rum

Equipment

  • frying pan,
  • gas stove

Directions

  • Peel and quarter the banana. This should be done at the last possible moment so the banana doesn't brown or soften.
  • In a small skillet or frying pan add the brown sugar and butter, gently mixing or stirring as it melts.
  • When the butter and sugar have completely melted add the orange or lemon juice. The acid in this stops the sugar from crystalizing and keeps a smooth sauce.
  • Add the bananas and cover with the sugar syrup. When starting to heat through turn over and cook the other side.
  • Shortly after turning the bananas add the brandy and heat so the alcohol starts to evaporate. Tilt the pan towards the gas flame and it will catch fire causing the flambé. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 95mgPotassium: 476mgFiber: 3gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 459IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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