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Bananas Foster

This fancy dessert is suprisingly easy to make, and your family and friends will love it.

Sam Sifton's Bananas Foster; photo by by David Malosh


6 bananas
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 oz. dark rum (optional)


1. Peel bananas, then sauté the fruit in a lot of foaming unsalted butter in a large pan on the stove top.

2. Sprinkle ground cinnamon and a tablespoon or so of dark brown sugar over them as they grow golden and crisp. This won’t take much more than 5 or 6 minutes. Add a few ounces of dark rum to the pan at the end, if you wish.

3. Place a banana on each plate with a little drizzle of the butter, and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information (without rum or ice cream):  Calories: 230; Fat: 12g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 0mg; Total Carbohydrates: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 20g; Protein: 1g.

Read Sam’s inspiring story from the December-January 2021 issue of Guideposts!

Recipe is an edited excerpt from See You on Sunday. Copyright © 2019 by Sam Sifton. Photographs © 2019 by David Malosh. Reprinted with permission by Random House, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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