Mary Anne's Bananas Foster

      Want a dessert that makes quite the presentation and is super-easy to make? Bananas Foster is the perfect dessert for you, then. Can me made in a matter of minutes. Be prepared for your family and guests to want this dessert on a regular basis; it's that delicious. Perfect, too, for that holiday brunch or breakfast when served over pancakes.

      2 sticks butter

      1 cup brown sugar

      1 cup toasted chopped pecans

      Dash of cinnamon

      Dash of grated nutmeg

      8 bananas peeled and halved, cut lengthwise

      1/2 cup dark rum

      Splash of Gran Marnier or Banana Liqueur, optional

      1 store-bought pound cake, (I like Sara Lee), optional


      Angel Food cake, sliced into eight portions

      French vanilla ice cream

      Dollops of whipped cream

      -Melt butter in a large skillet. Add brown sugar, toasted pecans, cinnamon and grated nutmeg. Stir together. Add the bananas and cook until caramelized over medium-high heat. Pour in the rum and a splash of Gran Marnier, if using. Take pan off of stove. With a BBQ lighter, light mixture making sure to stand back when ignited and flambé. Let flame die down. Serve over vanilla ice cream and/or a slice of pound cake. Top with dollops of whipped cream. Serves 8.

      Note: When making this recipe, be careful; a flame will rise up over the pan, so be careful.

      Note: If you really love the taste of bananas, try this with Crème de Bananas instead of rum or Gran Marnier.

      Note: If making this around children, make sure they stand back or leave the room.