Valentine’s Day Sweets: Bourbon Bananas Foster Recipe
Do you know how you’re going to celebrate this Valentine’s Day weekend?
Going out to eat can get pricey — especially on Valentine’s Day. I actually prefer to stay home on Valentine’s Day. I worked in the food industry, so I know Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. It can simply get overwhelming.
So, my suggestion is to find some sweet recipes and cook up a lovely, budget-friendly romantic meal at home instead.
And, to help you out with the sweetest part of your meal — dessert — I decided to revisit one of my favorite mouthwatering meal cappers of all time: My Bourbon Bananas Foster recipe from Kitchenability 101.
It’s a great dessert for Valentine’s Day. It’s sweet. There’s bourbon in it. And making it together can be a really fun, intimate activity.
Go for it!
Note: This recipe was originally posted on my blog at Parade Magazine.
- 1 cup bourbon
- Juice from 2 limes
- 3 bananas
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 4 scoops vanilla-bean ice cream
- Pour the bourbon and fresh lime juice in a bowl.
- Slice the bananas into ½-inch rounds and place them in the bowl of bourbon and lime juice.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let marinate in fridge for about 30 minutes.
- While the bananas are marinating, mix the cinnamon, sugar, flour, and water in a separate bowl. You want the consistency of the batter to be very similar to pancake batter. If it is lumpy, add a little more water and mix until smooth.
- Pour the vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat over medium to high heat. When the oil starts to form bubbles, it's ready for cooking. If the oil pops from the pan, it means it's too hot. Be careful -- don't burn yourself!
- Using tongs, remove the bananas from the bourbon and lime juice, dip them in the batter until fully coated, and place them in the hot oil. Cook about 3 or 4 minutes, until golden brown.
- Place the cooked bananas on a paper towel on a plate. Optional: Lightly sprinkle bananas with sugar to give them some crunch on the outside.
- Serve the hot bananas over vanilla-bean ice cream.
Photo: Patrick Onofre Photography