Bananas Fosters with Dr. Pepper Pecans and Bourbon Whip Cream

Bananas Fosters wth Dr. Pepper Pecans & Bourbon Whip Cream
Photo by Nicole Ramos

I was flipping through Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible, and I saw her recipe for Dr. Pepper pecans and I was intrigued.  Let me just say, when I do indulge in some soda, Dr. Pepper is my choice.  I also had been craving some Bananas Fosters.  Then I thought, these pecans would really taste awesome with bananas foster and then my mind trickled to, “OOoooh BOURBON whip cream!!!!”  Who DOESN’T love some bourbon whip cream?  I still had some Jack Daniels Honey left from the Peach Melba, and thought, “We have a winner!!!”  So I set out to make this dish and wondered how crazy I really was…

I adapted my Bananas Foster recipe from the original recipe from Brennan’s Restaurant, but I liked the idea of using allspice as a seasoning and adding heavy cream to make the caramel thicker.

Prep Time: Cook Time: Level: Serves:
 15 min.  35 min.  Easy  4-6

INGREDIENTS:

Bananas Foster

  • 4              bananas
  • 1 stk       butter
  • 1 C         brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp     allspice
  • ¼ C         dark rum
  • ¼ C         heavy cream

Dr. Pepper Pecans:

  • Dr. Pepper
  • Pecans
  • Butter
  • salt

Bourbon Whip Cream:

  • 1 C          heavy whipping cream
  • 1 TBS     Jack Daniels Honey (or any bourbon)
  • 2 TBS     confectioner’s sugar
  • ¼ tsp     pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Bourbon Whip Cream:

Whip together all ingredients until it’s light, fluffy and peaks.  Leave in fridge until ready to serve.

Dr. Pepper Pecans:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the Dr. Pepper and butter to a boil over medium-high heat.  Simmer until the liquid reduces by half, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in pecans and continue to cook until the liquid becomes a sticky glaze (3-4 min.)
  4. Bake, stirring once or twice, until toasted about 10 minutes.

Bananas Fosters:

  1. Slice up bananas into pieces.
  2. In a heavy frying pan or skillet, melt butter completely over medium-high heat.
  3. Add brown sugar and stir it around and cook until it starts to bubble up.
  4. Stir in heavy cream and cook until it bubbles.
  5. Add banana slices, sprinkle allspice over it.
  6. Carefully pour in rum, and light it with a wand lighter.  If you’re anything like me in the kitchen, I’m just short of being a hot mess, but somehow I create some deliciousness…Sorry lost concentration, as I was saying!  I don’t trust myself in gentle tipping the pan over the hot flame.  HOT MESS!!  Seriously, I cannot emphasize those two words enough!  For safety and well, cleaning sake, I use a wand lighter. Oh yeah, back to the recipe…
  7. The flame should go out within a minute and the result is heaven, pure heaven…okay no seriously, you should have slightly seasoned cooked bananas swimming in a dark caramel sea of heaven.  Okay I may have said heaven too much, but really, once you try it, I know you’ll agree.
  8. Reduce heat to low or warm.
  9. Sprinkle ice cream with the pecans, pour over the Bananas Foster, and top with the Bourbon Whip Cream and hear the angels’ sing of this dish’s magnificence!  Okay over exaggerating again, but you’ll definitely be doing a little dance while eating…

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