Ice cream in a bowl with sauteed bananas and sauce.
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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!

Ice cream in a bowl with sauteed bananas and sauce.

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

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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