No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café for their Bananas Foster prepared tableside! Originally named Banana Flambé, this dessert was given its iconic name when the owners of the original Brennan’s Restaurant wanted to honor the man who inspired the (now-famous) signature dessert. Today, the Palace Café is one of the few restaurants left in the country that prepare the dish right at your table. The highly trained staff will prepare the dish from beginning to end right before your eyes, a truly unique experience that is as much of a show as it is a culinary delight.
605 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
call (504) 523-1661
Visit them online: www.palacecafe.com
Bananas Foster Recipe:
• ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
• 1 cup brown sugar
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ cup banana liqueur
• 4 bananas, cut in half
• lengthwise, then halved
• ¼ cup dark rum
• 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
- Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet.
- Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.
- When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum.
- Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.