Every friday night my hometown hosts a family festival. After a long week, we look forward to a slow paced evening on our city streets. The festival offers live music, outdoor dining, kids activities, and pony rides. The street vendors sell food and a variety of unique merchandise. The biggest draw for me is the farmers’ market. I tend to linger near the fresh, local produce and baked goods. Farmers’ markets are special because the vendors have so much pride in their products. They want to talk to you and give samples of their goods. I will alway try to support our local farmers. It is a win-win for consumer and seller.
This week I picked up some banana bread and some candied pecans with a late night dessert in mind. Once the kids went to sleep with their hands still sticky from eating kettle corn. I whipped up a quick dessert for my partner in crime and I.
16 bite size pieces of banana bread, 2 tbs of salted butter, 1 tbs of brown sugar, 1 banana sliced into rounds, 1 shot (1.5 ounces) of brandy, palm full of candied pecans chopped, 2-3 scoops of premium vanilla ice cream or gelato each, and dollop of nutella.
Preparation of dessert
In a large non-stick skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter on medium heat. Add banana bread pieces and toss in the butter until the bread is lightly toasted. This should take a couple of minutes. Once toasted take out of skillet and set aside.
Then add another tablespoon of butter into the same skillet and add sliced bananas. Coat bananas in butter then add brown sugar and incorporate into mixture. Once sugar is dissolved add shot of brandy. Keep face away from skillet in case it flambés. Cook off alcohol for 1-2 minutes until mixture becomes thick and bananas look caramelized. Shut off heat.
I cannot nutella lie. I love nutella and find ways of sneaking it into any dessert. I line the bottom of my dessert cup with some nutella. Then I drop in a few pieces of toasted banana bread and pecans. I add scoops of vanilla ice-cream then finish with more banana bread, nuts, and the drunken sweet bananas. Divine!
Next time you are at your local farmers market go bananas with this recipe.
1. This is not a traditional bananas foster. It usually calls for rum or even banana liqueur. I had brandy and it was delicious.
2. If it flambes, keep face away it will stop in a few seconds if concerned turn off heat and and cover with a lid.