…from the Perspectives’ Holiday Kitchen
How you doin’? In 1951, Brennan’s Restaurant on Bourbon Street was getting rave reviews. Owen Brennan asked his sister Ella to come up with a fancy new dessert for a dinner honoring Richard Foster for being named chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission.
An already-overworked Ella Brennan gathered her chef, Paul Blange, and headwaiter in the kitchen to help her dream up the new dessert. Scanning the kitchen and spying bananas, she thought of a simple dessert her mother had made by splitting bananas and sauteing the halves with butter and brown sugar. To jazz it up, they poured rum and banana liqueur on top, setting the mixture on fire at tableside, tossing in cinnamon to make it sparkle and serving the concoction over vanilla ice cream. And that’s how the classic Bananas Foster was born. I jazzed it up a bit by cooking sliced bananas and walnuts in a buttery rum sauce and serving it over waffles with vanilla ice cream. My version of Bananas Foster is a Christmas morning (or the day after) favorite we all love! Splurge… Add a touch of whipped cream on the top!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
3-1/2 tablespoons rum
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
Waffles (see recipe below)
1 pint vanilla ice cream (for this recipe I used Signature brand French vanilla)
ChefSecret: You can use any good quality frozen waffles for this recipe or you can dig out Aunt Ethel’s old Sunbeam waffle iron and whip up some homemade beauties. You’ll make her proud.
Quick & Easy, Great-Tasting Homemade Waffles
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 3 to 5 minutes per waffle
Yield: 8 to 10 thin waffles
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
nonstick cooking spray as needed
Quip of the Day: Holidays are for giving gifts, sleeping in and making waffles.
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