Bananas Foster is a dessert that was created in 1951 at Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans Louisiana. It's typically prepared table side and then flambe'd to create a dramatic effect. Bananas are sauteed in butter and brown sugar and then Rum is added to the pan and ignited to create the flambe'. The bananas and delicious sauce are then served hot over vanilla ice cream. I came up with this yummy version to serve friends after a South of the Border meal.
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is an easy recipe to prepare ahead of time. And once your guests arrive, it's a snap to finish up. This is one impressive dessert ... your guests don't need to know how easy it was!
1In a mixing bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and orange zest. When the mixture is fully combined, gently fold in the sliced bananas. Onto one half of each flour tortilla spread 1/3 cup of the cream cheese mixture. Fold the tortilla over, and place it onto a flat platter. Repeat this with all four tortillas, then cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. This will allow the filling to chill before browning.
2In a separate bowl, mix together one stick of softened butter, 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar and 1 tsp. of cinnamon
3To prepare the quesadillas, spread one side of each with the cinnamon butter mixture. Lay buttered side down in a pre-heated non stick pan over medium-high heat. While the first side is browning, spread the butter mixture onto the other side. Cook on medium-high heat until the quesadilla is browned on both sides, you may need to lower the heat a little to avoid burning the brown sugar. To serve, cut the quesadillas in half and drizzle with the Caramel Rum glaze. [recipe to follow] Garnish with powdered sugar and whipped cream and serve hot. Yield: 4 servings
Caramel Rum Glaze:
1 10 oz jar of Caramel Ice Cream topping
1 tsp. of Rum flavoring
Heat the topping in a microwave safe bowl until it is the consistency of syrup. Add the rum flavoring then drizzle over the hot quesadillas before serving.
Do not walk away from the pan when you're preparing the quesadillas, the brown sugar will caramelize quickly and it can burn easily.
The prep time for this dessert is about 10-15 minutes. However, I included the chill time in my estimation.