Sauteed Bananas with Cardamom Praline Sauce

Talk about an indulgent midnight snack! This was a snap to put together, and something really different. The sauce has a pretty unique flavor, and it goes great with the bananas and ice cream. The hardest part was taking a picture of it before it melted!

Sauteed Bananas with Cardamom Praline Sauce
Gourmet February 2005

4 Servings

½ stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
4 bananas, halved lengthwise, then crosswise
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup heavy cream
Pinch of ground cardamom
¾ teaspoon fresh lime juice
Accompaniment: vanilla ice cream

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then sauté half of bananas, cut sides down first, turning over once, until golden, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes total. Transfer with a slotted spatula to 2 dessert bowls. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and sauté remaining bananas in same manner, transferring to 2 more bowls.

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over moderate heat, then add brown sugar, cream, cardamom, and a pinch of salt and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.

Spoon sauce over bananas and ice cream.

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

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