Going Banana's Flambé!

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Real Estate Agent with Red Rock Real Estate UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

Going Banana's Flambé!

 

As a tribute to one of my all-time favorites chef's, I decided to prepare a classic French dessert with one of her most memorable dishes for this month's ActiveRain cooking challenge.

 

After getting the ingredients from the pantry, the back of my neck prickled. I continued on, peeling the banana's, softening the butter, measuring out the honey, cinnamon and lemon juice.

 

Following the recipe, the smells wafting from the cast iron pan as the sweet sauce thickened, had me reminiscing of days long ago when I watched this famous, culinary genius on tv.

 

 

Suddenly, the face of Julia Child showed up clearly in the flames! I was befuddled and knocked the open bottle of cognac over onto the lit stove, instantly igniting the entire range!

 

 

In my husband's haste to put the fire out, the extinguisher flew from his hands, shattering a kitchen window. While frantically pacing, I slipped on a banana peel, falling on the cat's tail.

 

 

He screeched!

I screamed!

We both ran in opposite directions!

 

Eventually, the fire department showed up to snuff out the flames. The kitchen is in ruins and I have now been forever banned from using alcohol in the kitchen when cooking.

 

There is not a finished product to display. Hope you have better luck making this dish. A call is in order to the insurance company because we went banana's and were literally flambéd!

 

The Banana Flambé by Julia Child

 

Ingredients:

4 Tb softened butter
A baking-serving dish just large enough to hold bananas in one layer
8 small or 4 large bananas
1/4 to 1/2 cup dry white vermouth, dry white wine, or cider
1/3 to 1/2 cup honey
1Tb lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions:

Smear 2 tablespoons of the butter in the baking dish. Peel the bananas and arrange in the dish; pour on the wine or cider, honey, and lemon juice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and dot with remaining butter. (May be prepared in advance)

 

Baking:

The bananas with take about 15 minutes in the middle of a preheated 400 degree oven, or 20-25 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Baste about every 5 minutes with the liquid in the dish until bananas are soft and liquid is syrupy. Bake ahead, and reheat, you may serve them plain or flambeed.

 

To flame the bananas:
1 tb granulated sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup cognac

 

Be sure bananas are bubbling hot. Sprinkle on the tablespoon of granulated sugar, then pour the cognac around them ( warm the cognac in a pan if you are not using a chaffing pan).

 

Averting your face, ignite the cognac with a lighted match and quickly spoon it over the bananas until the flames die down. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and serve on hot plates.

 

In the famous words of Julia Child, Bon Appetit!

 

 

This is a fun entry for July's Active Rain Challenge - Savory Stories, hosted by Rocky Dickerson and Debe Maxwell. 

 

*No one (animal or human) was hurt during the tell of this tale.

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Comments (48)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Wanda. And you knew in advance what would happen if I tried to make this dish, ha, ha. Very funny and then again not! Enjoy your day.

Aug 01, 2021 05:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wanda,

Glad that Kathy Streib featured your post.  Thanks to Kathy, I did not miss this post. This is so funny and a fun read.    Happy Sunday.  A

Aug 01, 2021 06:59 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Cooking with flammable liquids can be dangerous Wayne Martin. Being entertained at a nice restaurant by a professional is my preferred choice!

Aug 01, 2021 07:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Happy Sunday to you both Ron and Alexandra Seigel! I also treated myself to the movie about Julia Child and a blogger who takes on her dishes, Julie and Julia and thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Am grateful that Kathy Streib featured this post!

Aug 01, 2021 07:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Wanda:

Thanks for an entertaining tale...glad it was not reality!

Julie and Julia is a fun movie, isn't it?

Jeff

Aug 01, 2021 11:01 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Glad you enjoyed the humor of the post Jeff Dowler, CRS! I may watch that movie again, it was that good. Happy Sunday!

Aug 01, 2021 11:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good recipe to share.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Aug 01, 2021 11:09 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Great post full of humor. Thanks for the laugh!

Aug 01, 2021 11:09 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 
I think if you're going to use alcohol in your cooking, you need to drink it while cooking but away from the stove! LOL  Glad this is a tall tale and not a true story of disaster.

Aug 01, 2021 11:37 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Yes it is a delicious dessert Roy Kelley intended to eat only once in a great while, otherwise a new wardrobe may be in order! Have a fantastic week ahead.

Aug 01, 2021 03:52 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

You are very welcome Carla Freund, it was FUN to write! Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 01, 2021 03:53 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

It would be fun to hear the recipe in Julia's voice, especially her quips and quick wit Carol Williams. Drinking while flambéing could be very dangerous! LOL

Aug 01, 2021 04:02 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Wanda - wow.  All I can say is if I try this it will be with an outside gas burner.☺️

Aug 01, 2021 07:21 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That's funny, but it should have come with a disclaimer :  No alcohol was spilled in the preparation of this blog

Aug 02, 2021 05:09 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

That is a fantastic idea Grant Schneider, to prevent an unforeseen situation that involves big red trucks, flashing lights, sirens and people in yellow, rubber suits invading your kitchen, spraying massive amounts of water from pressurized hoses!

 

Or find a restaurant the serves it and be entertained with pure deliciousness!

Aug 02, 2021 05:57 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Yes, of course that should have been part of the disclaimer Ed Silva! What was I thinking? LOL

Aug 02, 2021 05:59 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Thank you for this fun post and the recipe Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! If you give it a try again, perhaps you'll have better luck.

Aug 04, 2021 09:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We will be having this dessert at a fine dining restaurant, tableside Beth Atalay for safety's sake! LOL

Aug 04, 2021 03:19 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Looks delicious!

Aug 25, 2021 05:58 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

It definitely is Ricardo Mello!

Aug 25, 2021 09:54 AM