For anyone who feels challenged in the kitchen, especially on Valentine's Day, Chef Nisa Burns—of Kitchenability.com and author of the new book Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food—shares a sweet, spiked dessert recipe that is as simple as it is sinful.
Easy Bananas Foster, made with bourbon rather than rum!
Pour the bourbon and fresh lime juice in a bowl. Slice the bananas into 1/2-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.
Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Kitchenability 101: The College Student's Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food, by Nisa Burns, Kitchenability.com
Image Credit: Patrick Onofre