Bananas Foster is a dessert that is nearly synonymous with New Orleans, it’s city of origin. It is a fancy and delicious dessert, that calls for ingredients that few of us have on hand, and also find rather expensive for our budgets these days.
But still…it would be nice to have those delicious flavors, in a less expensive, less fussy “everyday” kind of dessert, wouldn’t it?
I think I’ve finally found the ideal way to do it!
It was born by thinking with that other part of my brain that engages when I probably shouldn’t be trying to think about anything else, so its origins are highly suspect. Originally, I was just going to broil some bananas with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, but I thought…I want a bit of crunch alongside of that, something that has some substance to it…and my eyes fell on the oatmeal.
So, I used a basic apple crisp oatmeal sort of topping, with extra cinnamon…and some extra butter for that really buttery flavor…
And we tried it.
It made the grade, it’s a keeper! (For those who get creative in the kitchen, you know…sometimes, its okay, but its not something you are going to repeat again.) It has the buttery, cinnamon-y, sweet, crunchy, and banana-ish flavor all twisted together in a delightful combination of textures and flavors, so you are never sure if you are eating cookies, bananas, a pie…but it sure tastes GOOD!
Its easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner’s finale, its not super-expensive to make, it doesn’t require exotic ingredients, and it’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face too. If you want to keep it simple, use the biscuit pan to make it. If you want a more impressive dessert to serve, bake it in individual ramekins or custard dishes, just butter the dishes before adding the sliced banana and topping mixture, and melt the butter for the topping on the stovetop or microwave.
It was so delicious, I had to share my version.
Po’folks Bananas Foster Crisp
- 4 bananas, cut into half, then split lengthwise into 3 pieces (6 slices, half length)
- 1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 3/4 c. oatmeal
- 1/2 c. self rising flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Melt butter in a “brownie/biscuit” pan (they are like 8×10 or close to that size). Pour melted butter into dish and set aside. Arrange banana slices on pan. Mix other ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to combine evenly. Add melted butter and stir until ingredients are evenly moistened. Sprinkle mixture over bananas, leaving some bananas uncovered, etc. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes or until topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot with about 2 tbsp. of heavy cream, a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top. Makes 4-6 servings.