Here is a simple flambe dish using organic coconut sugar, bananas and some bourbon.
I love a perfectly good dessert. A good lunch or dinner would never be complete without something sweet at the end of the meal. It really tickles the fancy of every sweet tooth or every foodie to be able to prepare and taste desserts, like this flambe recipe we are about to introduce.
You might think, flambe is too difficult to make, but really, it is not. As long as you are careful and follow some simple steps, everything will work out fine.
What Is Flambe?
This cooking style became popular in the 19th century. Many novels and cookbooks mentioned that food used rum or brandy and flambed it. Perhaps one of the popular flambe dishes is Crepe Suzette. It was invented by accident in 1895.
The procedure is associated with a tableside presentation of certain liquor drenched dishes. It involves alcohol, which is added to a hot pan and it creates a burst of flames. When the alcohol is ignited, it results in a sudden burst of flame. By partially burning off the volatile alcohol, it reduces the alcoholic content of the dish while the flavor of the liquor is kept.
Alcohols considered ideal for flambe is rum, cognac or other flavorful liquor. Mostly, it has 40% alcohol content. Most of the time, cinnamon is added not only for flavor but also for show since the powder ignites when added.
Let’s get straight to the point. Bananas have tons of health benefits. It is one of the most widely consumed fruits today. It could lower blood pressure and reduce the risks of cancer and asthma.
Bananas also improve heart health and promote regularity.
Here is a list of all the benefits of bananas:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Less chance of developing asthma
- Combats the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney stones
- Improves blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels
- Bananas are recommended for diarrhea treatment
- Preserves memory and boosting mood
Organic Coconut Sugar
Instead of using the usual table sugar, try coconut sugar. It is a much healthier alternative to regular sugar. It contains traces (but much higher than that from regular sugar) nutrients and minerals. It also contains inulin, short-chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants.
Organic Coconut Sugar and Bourbon Banana Flambe
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- Combine butter, organic coconut sugar, and cinnamon in a skillet.
- Place pan over medium heat on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and a caramel sauce forms.
- Place the bananas in the pan, cut side down, and cook for 2 minutes until they just start to soften.
- Use a spoon to flip the bananas over and cook for another 2 minutes.
- When the bananas soften and begin to brown, carefully add the bourbon to the pan, standing back.
- Swirl the pan to incorporate the bourbon and using a long-neck lighter, carefully ignite the bourbon.
- When the flames subside, swirl the pan again to mix the sauce. Lift the bananas out of the pan and place over ice cream. Spoon warm sauce over the top and serve immediately.