This recipe is for all of you who need a signature party trick. Having a
dinner party? Trying to impress your kids? Leaping flames! Dangerous
heat! Cooking on the edge! This showstopper is always a winner.
For finish and flourish
Your favorite vanilla ice cream
Crunchy chocolate sprinkles
Crumbled vanilla wafers or the like
A few maraschino cherries
If you haven’t flambéed before, practice beforehand, with a small amount
of rum in your pan—without the sugar and bananas—so you’ll know what to
Make and chill the sauces first, even days in advance. First, the chocolate
sauce. In a small saucepan, measure the cream, cocoa powder, sugar and
vanilla. Whisking constantly over medium heat, bring to a slow, steady
simmer. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until melted and
smooth. Stir in the rum, then pour into a jar and chill.
Next, the strawberry sauce. Toss the strawberries, jam and juice into a
small saucepan. Stirring steadily over medium heat, bring to a slow, steady
simmer. Remove from the heat and carefully purée the works as smooth as
silk with a hand blender. Pour into a jar and chill.
When you’re ready for the show, ready the cream. Vigorously whisk the
cream, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla until firm, creamy peaks form, 3 to
5 minutes by hand, less with a mixer. Chill.
Now, here’s how to safely flambé a pan of bananas and light a party on fire
without an insurance claim. Roll up your sleeves and tie your hair back if
it’s long. Turn off your exhaust fan. Have the pan’s lid nearby just in case
things get out of hand. Preheat your largest, heaviest skillet or sauté pan
over medium-high heat. Toss in the butter. As soon as it begins to melt and
sizzle, follow with the brown sugar. Swirl the pan gently as the sugar melts
into the butter and begins bubbling here and there. Continue swirling the
works for a moment or two, then lay in the bananas, swirling and tossing
them in the pan to absorb the flavors. Rum up!
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